Research has shown that the act of knitting brings with it a wide variety of health benefits. It can slow cognitive decline, stave off arthritis and tendinitis, and improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, just to name a few. One thing that a knitter may not experience, however, is a sense of community. Many a knitter has been the recipient of stares and less-than-enthusiastic comments; sometimes it’s just easier to stitch in the privacy of your home.
World Wide Knit in Public Day, also known as WWKIP Day, aims to shake up the world’s view of knitters. Started in 2005 by knitter Danielle Landes, WWKIP Day aims to bring knitters together to share stories, compare favorite yarns and patterns, and enjoy the spirit of camaraderie. Knitters (and crocheters!) gather in public on the second Saturday of June every year to mark the event; this year, World Wide Knit in Public Day will be observed on Saturday, June 10. Since its inception, the event has grown in magnitude. In 2016, 1015 groups were registered in 56 countries. That’s a lot of knitters!
Whether you’re an experienced knitter or someone who would love to learn, your library card is the key to a mind-boggling array of knitting materials. The library has books and eBooks covering just about any knitting technique and for any skill level that you can think of.
Knitting for the Absolute Beginner by Alison Dupernex
A handy book that covers all the necessary basic skills like types of stitches, casting on and binding off, and increasing and decreasing, all with easy-to-follow instructions and photographs.
If you’ve always dreamed of creating your own unique sweater but worried that your skills aren’t good enough, fear not! Amy Herzog walks you through the process and introduces you to basic sweater construction, then leads you into more complicated techniques.
Even people who have never considered picking up a pair of knitting needles are familiar with the beautiful, multi-colored sweaters that are produced with the Fair Isle knitting technique. Learn about yarn choices, the best way to hold your yarn, how to read charts, and much more.
Whether you want to refine your sock knitting technique or learn a new one, this book is a must-read and covers everything from toe-up vs. top-down construction, cast on methods, a variety of toe and heel styles, and anything else you could ever want to know about socks.
This kit contains five books, knitting needles, and an assortment of tools, so it’s perfect for an adventurous beginner who wants to jump right in or a more seasoned veteran who wants to learn more about techniques and sample new tools.
Several local libraries are hosting events for World Wide Knit in Public Day, but if you can’t make it, why not join us at the library for a Crafternoon? We’ve carved out an hour of time for you to come in, work on your latest project, and share inspiration with other crafters. All crafts are welcome, although tools that require electricity cannot be accommodated. If you’d like to take time for a Crafternoon, visit us on one of the following dates:
- Friday, June 23 from 2 – 3 pm
- Friday, July 14 from 11 am – noon
- Friday, August 11 from 2 – 3 pm