Warm weather means a great chance to spend more time outside
– but that doesn’t mean you have to cut back on your knitting time!
What should I knit?
Never mind what you’re going
to wear; if you’re knitting in
public what’s on your needles is
the important thing!
Even if you’re knitting solo, the
chances are that someone will
ask what’s on your needles, so
bus or in the
queue at the
post office, but
you have to be
ready! Pick a
Am I excIted tO shOW It Off? project you can
and one that you
can quickly shove
knit in public
Some of our favourite
places to get our pins out!
At a yarn festival or craft show
A great place to try knitting in
public for the first time. You’ll see
stallholders knitting between
rains and ferries, car rides didn’t think you had time for, pick something you’re proud of! back into your bag. taking orders and people relaxing
on a quick coffee-and-knitting
and parks, picnic lunches,
pub nights with friends
such as making a pair of socks for
a friend’s giant feet or knitting
World Wide Knit in Public Day cAn I stOp And stArt It? hOW much cAn I cArry? break. Some shows even have
and coffee mornings with mum baby hats for your local World Wide Knit in Public Day meet there? Once you’ve got a Small projects make knitting on A long journey on a quiet dedicated knitting areas!
– there are loads of great places premature baby unit. takes place every June. Last year venue, all you need to do is let the go a breeze. Plain socks are train may give you plenty of
to enjoy knitting in public. The Simply Knitting team are there were hundreds of knitters know you’ll be there... great, as are dishcloths, baby time to concentrate on a Fair At other festivals
While curling up on the sofa keen ‘KIPpers’ and have knitted registered events around the hats and any pattern you’ve Isle jumper, but do you really Knitting is making its mark on
with your knitting bag beside in a range of unlikely places world – and lots more that spreAd the WOrd knitted more than twice! want to carry ten balls of other festivals: we’ve seen yarn at
you is a great way to spend an including at cricket matches, weren’t on the official list. The first step is to register your You can snatch a few extra yarn and five charts around Glastonbury and both Camp
A knitting bag is invaluable, as Bestival and the Innocent Village
afternoon, you’d be surprised while watching motorbike racing Attending one of the events is KIP at www.wwkipday.com so minutes’ knitting time on the with you? the knitters of Betty’s Knit and
how much more you can get at the TT, in the ITV green room a great opportunity to meet knitters can find it. The site also Knatter, Hinckley, (top) and Fête had knitting tents last year.
done if you make the most of and the Glastonbury festival knitters in your area. It’s also a has information about letting WhAt Are the hAzArds? Hornsea museum (below) prove. Sitting in the sunshine listening to
little bits of knitting time when – and we’d love to chance to recruit new your local paper know what Knitting in public isn’t without which mustn’t get wet or which a live band and knitting? Brilliant!
you’re out and about. It’s a great hear your ‘KIPping’ knitters, so you you’re planning. its dangers… for the yarn, that will become tangled easily.
way to achieve something you stories too! might want to Apart from dazzling the is! From spilled coffee to a Needles do occasionally raise At the cricket
take a spare set media, there are several ways to muddy puddle to a passing security concerns for staff at Choose a simple project to keep
of needles and advertise your KIP event. kitten, the world can be tough airports and similar venues, so your hands busy while your eyes
extra yarn. on delicate yarns. If you’re be prepared to put your pins are on the players – or if rain stops
✽ Put posters up at the venue play, why not cast on our fab
KIPper’s checklist fInd A kIp
and other local businesses. taking the kids to the pool or
heading off to a rainy music
away if asked. Demonstrate
what you’re up to and you may cricket socks on page 57?
Obvious and not-so-obvious items which will There are ✽ Call your local paper – they’ll festival, don’t choose a yarn even find a fellow knitter or
help your knitting in public go smoothly! four Knit in often print short adverts for make a convert! On holiday
A knitted blanket will attract
Public days this community events for free. attention and show your skills. Plenty of time to relax and enjoy
Your project your favourite hobby!
year (13, 14, 20 ✽ Chat about your event with
Both needles and 21 June) so it’s other knitters on online forums
easy to find a date like www.knittingforums.org.uk In queues
Can’t KIP without them! that suits you. Click on
www.wwkipday.com to find
and www.ravelry.com – Ravelry
has a WWKIP Day group.
Oops! I forgot my notions Be ready to stuff your project back
into your bag mid-stitch!
an event in your area. ✽ Announce your event on No matter how well prepared you waste yarn to hold greater
Check if the pattern calls for more than one size of needle. are, if you’re travelling with your numbers. On the train
online forums and events Book a seat at a table and a long
This is particularly important if you haven’t cast on yet as stArt yOur OWn kIp knitting you’ll eventually find
listings like www.gumtree.com train journey can be the perfect
it’s common to go up a needle size after the ribbing. Organising your own Knit in yourself without an essential rOW cOunter Paper
And, of course, don’t forget to time to get to grips with a
The pattern Public event is easy! A really talk about it with any knitters notion. To help you out, we’ve and pen is the simplest
simple way to organise a KIP come up with some quick and option – or you may be able complex chart.
If you need one. event is to hold an extra simple replacements you’ll find in to mark off numbers using
knitting group meeting in a your local cornershop or your mobile phone, for In the park
Scissors Watch the kids play on the swings
public place on one of the days. supermarket – you can put the example by typing in each
If you don’t know many ‘real’ notion in when you get home. number as though you were going or just relax with friends – and
A darning needle your needles!
knitters, you can still have a to dial it. A loop of yarn makes a great
Remember these two small items and you’ll be fêted as the great day and meet fellow stItch mArkers Tie short temporary stitch marker.
most organised knitter there. crafters. Why not find a few lengths of yarn into loops to use as cAble needle Use a spare DPN, In the pub
friends who would like to learn stitch markers. You can also use a bent straw, cocktail stick or safety in the ‘Advanced Techniques’ Add a twist to your night on the
Safety pins town… just be careful where you
to knit or ask a library, yarn shop ring or key ring, but be careful you pin, depending on the thickness of section for a good video guide.
A quick replacement for so many knitting notions. or café if you can don’t forget it! your yarn and the number of put your knitting.
Point protectors stitches you’re cabling. You can pOInt prOtectOrs Make a
Last year knitters rOW mArkers Safety pins. cable without a cable hole in a rubber with a pencil and On the bus
To stop your needles poking through your favourite handbag. from Lana Pura Safety pins are really useful for needle – visit voilà! Point protectors. Make the most of your daily
knitting, as you’ll discover! www. commute by
Something comfy to sit on Shaldon beach, whipping out a
A drink or snack
com and look
yArn hOlder Keep your yarn
from escaping by trapping it under quick project.
If you have a
Safety pins work well an upturned flower pot. Feed the subscription problem,
If you’re knitting in the park or town centre, it’s much more Wool attracted No stitch holder? stitches
new knitters with for one or two stitches and end you’re knitting with out you need to email
fun if you’ve got a blanket to sit on and something to nibble. her giant needles. you can use a length of
Use a safety pin.
through the hole in the top. quickly simplyknitting@
add up! subscription.co.uk
22 SimplyKnitting June 2009