Last Saturday, June 13th, was Worldwide Knit In Public Day. I believe this day was originally put together to encourage knitters to take their craft to the public, and show the non knitters what it is we do, and what they’re missing! These events happen all over the world, in parks, farmers markets, malls, yarn shops, pubs, cafe’s al fresco, and places I probably don’t even know about.
The truth of the matter is, knitters knit in public all the time; at ball games, doctors offices, lectures, coffee shops, in airports, on the bus, on the train…and so on, and so on, and so on!! But, all that aside, yarn shops, and guilds have put together specific gatherings for this special day.
My friend Jana and I wanted to go to an event on Bainbridge Island, sponsored by Churchmouse Yarns & Teas! I am so glad that we went, it was the perfect day. The weather was perfect…it was on a Saturday, and it wasn’t too hot, and it wasn’t too cold…it was perfect! There was a lot going on in town where the yarn shop is located. The local famers market was in full effect, so after we got all set up at the Churchmouse event, we took in the farmers market as well. There were lots of knitters in the piazza at front of the store. We shopped at the farmers market, then we shopped inside Churchmouse.
This store is a destination store, no doubt, and inspiration abounds! I saw lots of things that I wanted to purchase, but kept my purchase down to one skein of yarn to go with a project I already had on needles. Jana picked up some yarn that the store was holding for her. We will be back this summer and I plan to treat myself to some of the other things I saw. We picked up a sandwich from the nearby Fork & Spoon and settled in for some knitting. The Churchmouse was serving iced tea to all of us knitters and also bites of shortbread….can you image — it was perfect.
Tina Newton, founder of Blue Moon Fiber Arts, was there knitting away with all of us. She had brought up a shipment of her special dyed yarns from Scappoose, Oregon, as the Churchmouse carries her lightweight famous Socks That Rocks yarn. I purchased a skein — I LOVE THIS YARN, and I love Tina; I follow Churchmouse and Blue Moon Fiber Arts on Instagram.
Sounds sort of weird, but I felt like I was on vacation. I was soaking up the sun, knitting the day away, eating out, shopping and taking pictures. Doesn’t that sound like vacation? It was kind of funny to watch people stroll by and look at all of us knitting, seeing the looks on their faces and overhear the funny things they would say. So many people, would say, “are you all here every Saturday?” You have to walk through the piazza to get from the Famers Market down to town, so there was a constant flow of passersby’s.
I love knitting, and I love knitters! We all think about the same things, and talk about the same things. If you are knitting, and are with knitters, it doesn’t matter where you are sitting, or if you know the person next to you — you’ll have a grand time*