knitting in public!

Worldwide Knit in Public Day, which was a week ago Saturday, was something of a blur, and completely different than my solitary kip of two years ago.

wwkip day (by mintyfreshflavor)

Anne-Marie, the organizer of Sit ‘n’ Knit New York, planned for a WWKIP extravaganza in Central Park, complete with park permit, and asked me to be the official photographer. Yesterday I delivered the choicest photos to her, so now I can post about the event!

wwkip day (by mintyfreshflavor)

In all, about 60 people came to knit—of all ages. It was pretty humid, but the shady spot was pleasant. One woman made lemon bars and cookies for the whole group! People shared blankets. The Sit ‘n’ Knit group is large and diverse, and each event has a different mix of people, but I’ve had great conversations and made connections with everyone I’ve talked to.

wwkip day (by mintyfreshflavor)

Anne-Marie and her corps of volunteers had gathered a lot of great items for a raffle. If you came, you got one ticket. If you donated a knitted hat or item to charity, you got an additional ticket for each item. I had no time to knit for charity, but was lucky enough to win on my one entry! One skein of Malabrigo, donated by Knitty City. I have never used Malabrigo before—not sure what this will become, but the colors are perfect for me. The other Malabrigo prize was a gorgeous bright blue—but not nearly so “me.”

malabrigo (by mintyfreshflavor)

Once all the prizes were awarded, we retired to a nearby bar for more knitting, plus drinking (and food). And from there a whole crowd of us walked to Knitty City, where I bought one skein of Cascade 220 superwash to knit a baby sweater (Penelope swears I can get a Feb Baby Sweater out of one skein, but Ravelry indicates otherwise. How daring am I feeling?).

I’m in my final week before I leave for Singapore for a month. This means I’m mentally planning all the knitting to bring with me—mom and I will likely have plenty of time to hang out and knit. I think a sweater is in order, but the possibilities are overwhelming! Decisions, decisions.

10 Responses to knitting in public!

  1. Kim says:

    Never knit with Malabrigo before!? You are in for a treat. One skein is the perfect amount for a hat or a cowl. So soft so wonderful. I can not imagine how many projects I’d end up packing for a month in Singapore. I went away for 4 days and brought 4 projects. Sweater? How about the Feb. Lady Sweater?

  2. mai says:

    wow, what an awesome meetup! anne-marie really outdid herself! i wish somebody would do that in the DC area! i nominate lolly….

  3. Annie says:

    May I recommend the Bainbridge Scarf for that Malabrigo? I hope you will be knitting in ac. That yarn will surely felt in the Singapore humidity! (Not that I’ve ever been, but you know, based on what I have learned from your blog.) :-)

    I’m glad you had fun at WWKIPD! Thanks for the photos! Oh, and just for emphasis !!!!!!! cuz I really mean it.

  4. earthchick says:

    Yay for free Malabrigo. Ditto what everyone else said about how you’ll love it. Ditto what they said about hat or scarf. My fave scarf pattern for Malabrigo is the scrunchable scarf. One skein is enough for a long skinny one, or a shorter fatter one.

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