What do you feel about getting out your knitting in public? Do you whip out the needles at a moment’s notice? Or do you feel more comfortable practising your favourite craft in the comfort of your own home? Well, on June 9th it’s time to get out there and take part in World Wide Knitting in Public Day!
This notable date in any knitter’s diary (abbreviated to WWKIP Day) was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes as a way for knitters to get out and meet other like-minded crafters. WWKIP Day is now the largest knitter-run event in the world; groups of volunteers coordinate local events to bring a community of knitters together in public.
The movement has grown gradually over the years – back in 2005 there were 25 events held worldwide; in 2017 there were 1,125 in 54 different countries around the globe. Events take place in a variety of locations – parks, libraries, cafés, for example – the key thing being that they are in public. Many are also an excuse for a party – including picnics, cakes and even, as in the Edinburgh KIP event, the chance to ‘knit, crochet and drink gin in the open’. What’s not to like?! Some WWKIP events also include a charity element – inviting participants to contribute to blankets for the homeless, for example – so you can enjoy a knitting event and do good at the same time. And others offer the opportunity for some yarn bombing – if you’re Palmerston, New Zealand on 9th June then look out for the Wooly Riot Knit in Public event.
There’s a great crafting community online – hello all you creacrafters! – but why not take the chance to get out and meet some fellow knitters face to face? Go to to find an event near you.