World Wide Knit (and Crochet) in Public Week

World Wide Knit in Public Day (which is actually a full week) kicks off tomorrow. Celebrate by getting out into a public space and doing some crochet!

History of WWKIP

In 2005 Danielle Landes launched World Wide Knit in Public Day to take knitting out of the solitary spot in the home and into the public eye. The event, which now lasts the entire second week of June, is filled with small knit-in-public events hosted around the world. Each event is volunteer-run and when put together they make WWKIP day the largest knitter-run event in the world. Although it’s called a knitting thing, it now invites and celebrates all of the fiber arts.

What’s the Point of WWKIP?

Here are some good reasons that you might want to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day this year:

  • It’s great to meet other people who share the same passion for crafting as you.
  • Crafting in public gets people talking about the needlearts and spreads the word, encouraging others to get involved and see what it’s all about.
  • The fiber arts can be a great collaborative experience even though it’s something so many of us do on our own.
  • World Wide Knit in Public Day is a celebration of knitting, crochet and other fiber arts. Why wouldn’t you want to celebrate your craft?!
Participating in WWKIP offers some of the same benefits of a local crochet group.

How to Celebrate WWKIP

Here are some ways that you can participate in WWKIP:

  • Join a WWKIP event that’s already planned. The website has a “find a KIP” tool.
  • Find another local craft in public event. Many communities already have a local option for crafting in public. Does yours?
  • Do a drop-in day at your LYS. Yarn shops often have a table where people can drop in and do their work in public.
  • Create your own crafting in public event. Take a bunch of your crochet friends and go work together at a coffee shop, park or library.
  • Crochet in public on your own. It’s likely that people will ask you about your work and then you can start a crafty conversation and celebrate WWKIP with these strangers.
  • Connect with others through the WWKIP Facebook page. If for some reason you can’t craft in public this week, you can at least join and generate conversation in the online social spot.

What will you do to celebrate WWKIP day?

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