World Wide Knit in Public Day

Next Saturday (June 8th) is World Wide Knit in Public Day. It is an annual event that takes place every year on the second Saturday in June. The aim is to promote knitting, and other fibrecrafts, and to help dispel some of the old preconceptions. Knitters are not little old ladies making bedsocks. There are many types of knitters of all genders, ages, nationalities, etc. and some of them do very unexpected things.

The day takes several different forms. In some places there are large-scale organised community projects. It is entirely down to individuals, or groups, as to how they show their craft. Some groups also promote the therapeutic benefits of a relaxing craft.

World Wide Knit in Public Day became ‘a thing’ in 2005 but that isn’t where it began. In 2002 the Knitting and Crochet Guild, in UK, organised Knitting at Noon when all guild members were encouraged to knit, at mid-day, in their local communities. It was a forerunner of the world-wide event. There may have been others.

Steve drew this cartoon, in 2002, for the Guild to promote the event.

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