World Wide Knit in Public Day has become a phenomenon since it was launched in 2005, by Danielle Landes. So much so, in fact, that the event now runs over a full week!

WWKIP began as a way to bring knitters together, out of the closet and into fresh air. Although knitters have been gathering together for many years – in each other’s homes and  in stores, on “stitch nights”, and at events and retreats – but it’s usually knitters among knitters. The purpose of the day is to bring knitters out into public, amongst the “muggles”. WWKIP events often include knit-ins at parks and sporting events and shopping malls.

Although there are many of us who are quite used to knitting in public – those of use who ride public transport, those of us who enjoy the relaxation of a few minutes knitting over our lunch breaks at work, those of us who like to keep our hands occupied while attending the kids’ sporting events, dance practices, playtime at the park – there are many knitters who tend to indulge only at home. We’d like to encourage those knitters to show off their knitterly pride to the world. Don’t be shy about taking your work out with you. After all, knitting is a more social activity than reading, as you can take in the world around you and engage in conversation while at the needles. (Well, unless you’re working on a particularly engaging or challenging project, of course.)

For a list of events, consult the Ravelry forum, and check with stores and guilds in your area.

A few ideas:

  • Sunday June 9th, there will be an event in High Park in Toronto.
  • The Purple Purl in Toronto will be taking over a local park, Saturday June 8th.
  • Shall We Knit in Waterloo is running a wedding shower for friend of Knitty, Kim of indigodragonfly yarns, Saturday June 15th.
  • The Prescott, Arizona Knitters will be at the Farmer’s market on Saturday the 8th.
  • Sunday June 9th, knitters in  Taunton, Somerset, will gather at IMAGINE, DESIGN, CREATE.
  • Knitters in Chicago will be gathering Saturday the 8th in Millennium Park, in the Boeing North Gallery.
  • The Flowertown Knitting Guild in Summerville, SC is hosting two events, one on the 8th, one on the 9th.
  • Black Hills Fiber Arts Guild will be hosting a WWNIP event on June 11, 2013, from 4-7 pm at the Main Street Square in Rapid City, South Dakota.
  • The Northern Lights Valley Knitters guild will be knitting in public at Newcomb Park in Wasilla, Alaska Saturday, June 15 from 1 to 3 pm.
  • Knitters in Washington state are invited to gather June 8th at Bookend Coffee Company inside the Everett Public Library. 2702 Hoyt Ave Everett Wa from 10am to 5pm.
  • Other Toronto events info can be found here.

Put info about your events in the comments below!

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10 Responses to WWKIP Days!

  1. LizA says:

    You inspired me to look:
    Old Colorado City [insert:Colorado Springs, CO]
    Yarn Bombing and Knit in Public Day

    When: Saturday, June 08, 2013 – 10:30 AM
    Where: Old Colorado City Branch – 2418 West Pikes Peak

    June 8th is International Yarn Bombing Day, and the first day of World Wide Knit in Public Day. The Stitch-Wits stitching group and OC3 teens will be hosting a yarn bombing of the Old Colorado City Library (pillars, trees, light posts, books!). Have a piece you can add? Come join us! Otherwise just spend a little time knitting in public with us!

  2. LoriAngela says:

    Chilliwack Common Threads invites everyone to join us at Sardis Park from 10-2 on Saturday June 8. How many local knitters are friends we have yet to meet?

  3. June 8th, all day in Fort White, Florida we are having a Knit in Public event at Bella Luna Knits. 10am to 8 pm, bring a lawnchair, bring your lunch and fiber project and join us for an all day knit-in. Spinners, weavers, crocheters and knitters all welcome!

  4. Luna says:

    We’re having an event at the local cafe to spread the word about our knitting night!
    Monday, June 10, 2013 – 5-8pm
    Java Good Day Cafe
    East Greenville, PA 18041
    javagoodaycafe.com
    https://www.facebook.com/JavaGoodDayCafeLlc

    (I’ll also remind the site owner to mention the event on their business Facebook!)

  5. Lisa says:

    Hidden River Yarns in Philadelphia will be hosting an event on Saturday, June 8, noon to 7 pm. We will be taking over the sidewalk and mini parklet in front of my store. There are some benches and chairs, but I encourage anyone with a camp chair to bring it.

    We are in Manayunk, at 4358B Main Street,between Levering and Cotton Sts. See you on the 8th!I love a good fiber rich party!

  6. Paula says:

    The Gold Cost Knit In Public Hunt group on Ravelry will be hosting a single day event.

    Where – John Prince Park in Lake Worth, Florida
    When – June 15, 2013 from 10a-2pm
    Cost – a nonperishable canned good (donation to C.R.O.S of south florida)

    There will be games, prize raffles, and demos/classes!
    BYO – chair and food/drinks

  7. Emily says:

    Relentless Knitting Company is hosting WWKIP on June 15 from 2-6 at Good Earth Coffee on Pandosy St, Kelowna, BC, Canada.

  8. Serendipity Needleworks in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is hosting WWKIP on June 12 from 11:00am-3:00pm at The Gazebo in Government Plaza, downtown Tuscaloosa
    (6th Street and 21st Avenue-across from the new Federal Building)

  9. 2paw says:

    World Wide Knit in Public Day
    Join us as we knit with hundreds of
    other knitters around the world on the same day!
    Where:Launceston Library, Tasmania, Australia
    When: 10am-2pm 15 June 2013
    Bring: Knitting or interest

  10. Mary says:

    North of Houston on June 8th, there will be several events: iPurl in The Woodlands will have drawings for prizes every 30 minutes and will give out coupons from local eateries (you know, to get people out in public) from 10-3; a yarn bombing at the central library in Conroe (9-noon); and knitters will be gathering at the South Branch library in The Woodlands from 10-2. https://www.facebook.com/ipurl/posts/477878682283092

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