World Wide Knit in Public Week

Posted by on May 31, 2013, in crochet & knitting, , ,

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

World Wide Knit In Public WeekLeft: photo from World Wide Knit in Public Week 2007, by Todd Huffman.

Have you heard about World Wide Knit in Public Week? That’s right, knitters (and crocheters!) around the world have their very own week to celebrate and spread the art of knitting. And this year’s celebration is right around the corner!

This year, World Wide Knit in Public Week will be June 8–16. How can you get involved? All you have to do is find a public place (a park, your local coffee shop or restaurant, the airport) and whip out those needles and hooks. You can even invite friends or host a knitting event. If you want to join an event in your area or get more information, you can visit WWKIPDay.com.

World Wide Knit in Public DayOf course, we’ll be celebrating too—by knitting at some of our favorite public places. We’ll share photos throughout the week on our Instagram page and our Facebook page, so be sure to follow us. We’re also asking YOU to send us photos of yourself and your friends knitting in public! All you have to do is upload your photo to Instagram and mention our Instagram handle, @MartingaleTPP, in your photo’s description. We’ll repost some of your photos during the week, and we’ll choose one winner by random drawing for a free eBook of your choice from ShopMartingale.com.

But that’s not all—this year, World Wide Knit in Public Week starts with a bang because June 8 is International Yarn Bombing Day. If you’ve ever seen trees or street lights in your city covered with colorful knitted or crocheted pieces, then you’ve been yarn-bombed! We’ll be celebrating by yarn-bombing our own offices as well as a popular yarn-bombing site in our city—we’ll share some photos of our yarn bombing here on the blog after World Wide Knit in Public Week, so make sure you subscribe to receive updates.

Interested in yarn-bombing your town? Here are a couple guidelines to follow when planning your yarn-bombing:

1. Pick a place that is safe to access. Stoplights, street lamps, and billboards can be dangerous to access, so pick an easily accessible monument like a tree, park bench, or public statue.

2. Make sure you contact someone who is responsible for the area you want to yarn-bomb before adding your items. If you’re considering a tree or a park bench, contact the local Parks and Recreation department in your city. Sometimes public monuments and statues already have guidelines for yarn-bombing, so check your city’s website or call a city representative for more information. If you are unable to get permission to yarn-bomb a public place, consider yarn-bombing your own house, car, or front yard.

3. Remember to go back and get your items. You don’t want to leave your “explosion” for someone else to clean up. Be sure to go back within one week to pick up your items—but be aware that they may be damaged by the elements or stolen. Don’t use items or keepsakes that have personal value!

Are you ready to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Week and International Yarn Bombing Day with us? Don’t forget to post photos of yourself knitting in public or of your yarn-bombs to Instagram and mention our Instagram handle, @MartingaleTPP, in your photo’s description to be entered in a drawing for one free eBook of your choice. We’ll pick a winner on June 17, 2013, and notify you if you’ve won.

Need some quick and portable projects to knit in public? Check out these books below for ideas!

Patterns for World Wide Knit in Public Day 1
The Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger; Playful Little Knits by Rachel Manring

Patterns for World Wide Knit in Public Day 2
Terrific Toe-Up Socks by Janet Rehfeldt; More Crocheted Socks by Janet Rehfeldt with Mary Jane Wood

Patterns for World Wide Knit in Public Day 3
Knit Bright by Kristin Spurkland; Amigurumi on the Go by Ana Paula Rimoli

Where do you like to knit in public? Tell us in the comments!


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