Knitters were called, and we answered that call.

The City of Toronto Public Library Workers were on strike for 10 days or so as their contract ended and negotiations were underway to establish a new contract.

The striking workers were marching in Nathan Philips Square, a big open public space in front of Toronto City Hall. Some of the participants are knitters and spinners, and the decided to organize a Knit-In.

Showing our support

An estimated 100 knitters and spinners were there, some from the contingent of Library Workers,

Library workers knitting on the picket line

some supporters from the local knitting community, including our own Kate, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (a.k.a The Yarn Harlot), Knitty designer Natalie Selles, and friend of Knitty, Denny MacMillan.

Team Knitty loves books & libraries: Kate, Natalie and Denny

Some local press coverage here and here, and a summary on the blog of one of the striking workers, Erin, here.

We don’t know whether the knitters had anything to do with it, but within a couple of days of the Knit-In a deal was struck and the libraries were once again open.

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6 Responses to Toronto Public Library Workers Knit-In

  1. Sandi Blanc says:

    Wow…a peaceful demonstration and it worked…great job!!!

  2. Brandi says:

    Well even on strike they can make beautiful things.

  3. Janella says:

    knitting solidarity ftw!

  4. Melanie says:

    Knit On!

  5. That is so cool. I would have totally been there to support the library workers.

  6. Lori Eddie Schanche says:

    was my high school buddie Pam Mountain there???

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