WWKiP day was started in 2005 and takes place in June every year with events large and small being held all over the world. It is intended for knitters to come together to share in their love of sticks and string, and to show the world that knitting is a sociable activity and not just something that little old ladies in rocking chairs do.
A group I belong to through Ravelry has regular get-togethers, and we decided to hold one for WWKiP day. Originally we had hoped to have a picnic but unfortunately the weather had other ideas so it was a pub lunch instead. Knitting in public is something I do pretty regularly, as anyone who has read some of my previous blog posts will know, but for some people knitting isn't something they feel comfortable doing in public by themselves.
Let's be honest, knitting does still have something of an image problem. Ask Joe Public about knitting and you'll often get a reply along the lines of "Er, yeah, my Gran used to do that". Modern knitting has come a long way from the days of scratchy wools, squeaky acrylics, baby pastel shades and any size of needle as long as it's straight. The internet has opened up the world of knitting like never before, with interchangeable needles from the USA, brightly-coloured hand-dyed yarn from Germany and PDF patterns by Irish, Canadian and Australian designers all sitting around the same lunch table in Cambridge, England. And you can't get much more international that that!
This truly is a World Wide event. The official website has details of public knitting events taking place in Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Denmark, Canada, Brazil, Kuwait, Indonesia, South Africa, and Venezuela among others! Events are all organised by the knitters themselves. Some are to work on large charity projects with knitters contributing to donations; others, like the one I was involved in, are purely social.