Friday, June 13, 2014
Knitting is often thought of as a solitary activity, and can be. However, just because it isn't visible it doesn't mean the craft has died. Knitters worldwide have chosen the second Saturday in June to come out of their houses and yarn stores and bring visibility to their hobby.
This year June 14 marks WWKIP- or World Wide Knit In Public Day. Started in 2005, has grown over the past nine years and this year there are 307 official events in 32 countries, including 113 in the U.S. alone. Many other groups meet informally, spreading the fiber awareness in bookstores, coffee shops and brew pubs.
If you can't make it but want to learn or join a knit night, nearby yarn stores that have classes are Village Wools and The Yarn Store at Nob Hill. UNM also offers beginning knitting classes as part of its continuing ed. If books are more your style, there are 600+ in the catalog, including many good for beginners. There's an entire YouTube channel devoted to Knitting Help! And, last but not least, don't forget to check our Fiber Arts LibGuide for library drop-in stitching clubs and more.
If you're a pro and can YO, K2Tog, fair-isle, intarsia and steek with the best of them, come and join us at Cherry Hills, Saturday, June 14 from 1 - 3 p.m.. If you're a newbie or just want to try, you're welcome too. The members of our stitch group will be on hand, demonstrating techniques and offering tips. We hope you enjoy this day and event.