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Knittingseason!
       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
                                                                                                                                                                                               stop mid-stitch
                                                                                                                                                                                               and one that you
                                                                                                                                                                                               can quickly shove
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Where to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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


     T
             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!
          Spare needles
                                                                                 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.
                                                                                                                       you meet!
     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
                                                                                 headed for
                                                                                                                                                             knitting, as you’ll discover!                                www.                                                  commute by
          Something comfy to sit on                                              Shaldon beach,                                                                                                                                                                                 whipping out a

          A drink or snack
                                                                                 while Julia
                                                                                 Hopson of
                                                                                 Cornish Organic
                                                                                                                                                             stItch hOlders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          knittinghelp.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         com and look
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           yArn hOlder Keep your yarn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           from escaping by trapping it under   quick project.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Remember
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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

				
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