WWW: Knitting in Public; knitting flora.

Once again, this month marks World Wide Knit in Public Day. Or Week. Heck, if it were up to me, I’d make it a month. Different cities and organizations mark this day at different points during the month, but no matter where and when you do it, we think that KIP-ping is an excellent way to spend an afternoon.

This Saturday, Shall We Knit is hosting a variety of shenanigans and yarny fun, and I’ll be there. Lettuce Knit in Toronto is hosting an event June 22nd, and I’ll be there with very special guest Dexter the dog.

Event listings can be found on the site: Canada, US, UK. So far, 27 countries have events registered!

Definitely counts as knitting in public.

Toronto’s annual TTC Knitalong date has been announced for this year: July 12, 2014. Toronto’s knitters will be taking over our streetcars and knitting their way around the city, touring yarn stores, knitting up some fun, and puzzling other commuters.

More details soon to be announced, on the blog. Registration opens June 14th, and this even sells out fast.

Image from the artist’s website. Click to enlarge and see the detail.

LOVE this: artist and former biology student Tatyana Yanishevsky knits plants and flowers. She studied biology and art at Brown University, and for her senior thesis in visual art, Yanishevsky knit eight anatomically correct flowers.

More info about her work on her website. The level of detail is incredible, and knitting is the ideal medium to represent her subjects: “You have these petals and these veins that bring water and nutrients to different parts of the plant,” says the artist. “I can copy that in knitting by having cables and ridges.” She uses yarn of different weights for different parts of the flower, and lace stitches create the airier and more ethereal parts of the plants.

What you can’t see from the photos is the size of the items… her tiger lily is five feet wide, a little larger than the actual item.

This past winter, nineteen of her works were on display at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Scientists and artists alike have praised her work for its beauty, but also its educational value: these large-scale models are an ideal way to examine the tiny details that we can’t always see or appreciate.

Speaking of plants, a group in Canberra, Australia, has kicked off a program to encourage knitters to make scarves for trees at the local arboretum. The trees will be dressed up for Australian National Tree Day, July 25th.

Celebrity knitter alert: apparently Harry Styles of boy-band One Direction is a knitter.

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