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Published on June 9th, 2014 | by Elizabeth Bagwell

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Worldwide Knit in Public Day: 14-22 June 2014

Knitting is an incredibly popular hobby, but it’s often carried out at home, behind closed doors. Every June, thousands of knitters around the world hit the streets of their local towns to knit in public. We asked KiP veteran, Elizabeth, to tell us more.

P.S. You can find out about LoveKnitting’s WWKIP plans here.  

World Wide Knit in Public Day - LoveKnitting Blog

World Wide Knit in Public Day is slightly misnamed now, as local events take place on any of nine days in June. In 2014, WWKiP Day events run from 14-22 June, so there’s plenty of time to find one, join one or start one.

What is WWKiP DAY?
Knitting is usually a solitary, private hobby. In 2005, Danielle Landes decided to encourage knitters to come out in public and meet other knitters.

She started the WWKiP website to help knitters meet and organise. That year, there were 25 events. By 2009, there were over 700 events around the world, and the fun keeps growing.

What is a knitting in public event like?
Each event is organised by one or more volunteers, and they decide on the tone, location and all the other details. Some are low-key, some are wild. I’ve been to a knitting picnic in the park and a knitter’s pub crawl. I’ve also attended events organised in conjuction with local businesses, markets or fairs, who give knitters space to knit and often refreshments.

This year, events include a knit with alpacas picnic in the UK, a yarn bombing event in Sarajevo and a knit-in in a cafe in Dubai. Events are running across the USA, from Florida to Alaska, and in dozens of other countries.

How to find a WWKiP Day event
This year, there are hundreds of events to choose from. You’ll find many events listed on the WWKiP Day website.

Not all organisers choose to register their event on the site though, so it’s a good idea to check Ravelry and ask around at your other local knitting haunts.

Who knows – simply by asking, you may inspire your local knitting group or library to start a KiP event.

Do I have to go to an event to join in?
No, you don’t. To join in, all you have to do is knit in public. You could sit on your porch, take some friends to a bar and knit there, go for a picnic in the park, knit on the bus on the way to work… the options are endless.

Odd questions
Non-knitters have some fairly bizarre assumptions about knitters. At the very least, you can expect to be asked what you’re making, told that you must have a lot of free time on your hands, and told that knitting is too complicated for the person texting while chatting and drinking a coffee to manage.

Be prepared
If you’re lucky, you’ll meet some new knitters, and maybe a beginner will want to have a go – it’s a good idea to bring a spare pair of needles or three, and some yarn if you can to accommodate this.

If you’re part of a knitting group, business cards are a good idea as you might attract some new members. Expect to be self-sufficient, so bring your own knitting (obviously), cash (for drinks, snacks or yarn), and sun cream, a folding chair or blanket, an umbrella or whatever it takes to keep you comfortable, if your event is outside.

Bring your crochet
While WWKIP Day is focused on knitting, you’re welcome to crochet, sew or spin at most events. It’s all about having fun and raising the visibility of the fibre arts.

Some venues may not be suitable for spinning wheels, due to limited space, so if you’re in any doubt, ask the organiser.


About the Author

Elizabeth is a keen knitter, occasional designer, enthusiastic traveler and a professional freelance writer. She spent three years working for British knitting magazine, Simply Knitting, and has also written for The Knitter and other craft titles. She blogs at: www.elizabethbagwell.me.uk


Last updated: June 12th, 2014.

13 Responses to Worldwide Knit in Public Day: 14-22 June 2014

  1. Breenah says:

    I’ve knit in public a couple times (at my daughter’s tumbling class and in the waiting room during my mom’s LASIK) and most of the time I run into people confused as to why I’m young and knitting, which always makes me giggle considering I wish I had started in high school when I originally wanted too. I’m glad there’s a whole week devoted to it 😀

  2. Sue Dale says:

    I always have a project in my handbag, usually socks, especially when travelling. I have knitted in the doctors, hairdressers, on a ferry, in an airplane and when on jury service ( but not in court!).
    It has provoked lots of interest especially from the younger generation both male and female most of whom think its ‘cool’ !

  3. Megan says:

    I’ve been knitting at the swimming pool while my daughter has a lesson- and I’m planing to take a least one pair of socks, but possibly 2, to knit next month on the trans Siberian express- not June but still in public

  4. linda says:

    I knit in public. I take a cousin to hospital every 4 weeks and my knitting or crochet goes with me. Recently I organised a project to knit for prem babies at Glos Hospital. I had support from WI, Facebook and friends which resulted in 30 tiny cardigans and bootees.

  5. Joan Selkirk says:

    I regularly knit in public..Costa Coffee Shops. ..doctors waiting room..hospital while waiting..In the car..do get some funny looks and did once have a man suggest it was a danger to other cafe users!!!!!

  6. Eve says:

    I am 78 and have knitted and croched since I was 9. I always take something with me if I know I am going to wait for any length of time but I find it annoying now that one can’t take knitting needles or crochet hooks on flights. I have flown to the US many times and passed the time on an 8 hour flight by enjoying doing my current project but now find it a long boring journey. I was told that it’s not that they think I would do anything dangerous with my needles or crochet hook, it’s the possibility!! that a bad person could snatch a needle and use it as a weapon. What a world we live in.

    • Karen says:

      I have done European flights to and from the US and have had no problems knitting on the plane or taking my knitting through security. I do take small blunt school scissors and a plastic.sewing needle. My project has always been socks on double pointed needles(both wooden or aluminum have passed inspection.

    • Liz says:

      Hi. Just want you to know that if you look up customs information I was able to print off a statement that said it is perfectly okay to take knitting while flying. I went to Israel in March and could not have done it without my knitting. Sitting and waiting drives me nuts.
      Liz

    • Chantelle Thornley says:

      I’ve just come through US customs via the UK – with my knitting needles.
      As has been said – I bring baby nail scissors (the ones with the rounded ends) and I take my knitting out so it’s obvious that’s what it is.
      Make it easy for the poor people having to peer at the screen all day!

  7. kathy cooke says:

    I have knitted since I was 4 and am nearly 66 I belong to a knit and natter we make hundreds of items for charity. Whilst on a coach tour a couple of weeks ago, I took my knitting (hats for the homeless) and made a complete mans hat as it took 11 hours to get to our destination and again coming back I knitted another besides the two I made whilst we were there I have knitted on cruises always in the hairdressers and whilst my husband had 37 daily radium treatment a few years ago and I took him in the car we had to wait sometimes over four hours and guess what my knitting went too.

    I thank my wonderful grandmother every day for her teaching me to knit and the hours we sat together with our consuming hobby. I remember she used to say we will do 10 rows and then wash the pots we will do ten rows and then we will….. we got through loads of housework on the premise that we would just do 10 rows

  8. Anne Symonns says:

    Like Eve I find it very frustrating not to be able to work on flights. I did my 6 dining room chairs in airports all over the world. Tapestry. I do a lot of patchwork,but have just started knitting again after a gap of 38 years!

  9. Annette Dellevoet says:

    I knit in public every week with a group at a local pub, we do sometimes get some odd looks but it’s fun and I’ve got to know a diverse group of ladies (anyone know any men who knit?). I also take it along to keep me busy while waiting at my daughter’s ballet class, I do get some interest in what I’m making, but a lot of people seem to think it’s a bit odd – why do you think that is?

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