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Dear knitters, rejoice! One more blanket for the youth shelter is done! It was stitched together by the students of Cunard Junior High School in Halifax from these squares.

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I love it. It makes sense in terms of design and colours, and let me assure you — it takes a lot of time and effort to produce a blanket of this size. There were some creative solutions, like folding and stitching over the part of the square to make a straight edge. Also, some squares are mysteriously missing on one side… but it’s still beautiful. I don’t know how many students worked on it or how old they were but they did an incredible job. This is the school and it has a special place in my knitting life.

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There is a small and very warm Cunard pond right behind the school, with the supervised beach and the volleyball court filled with white sand. There are few things I enjoy more in the summer than watching my children play on that beach while knitting something for them. We also feel super outdoors-y when we bike to the said beach, swim in the pond, and bike back home just before the sunset. Just like that one.

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I haven’t decided what to do with the missing part yet… and while I am figuring it out, the blanket will stay with me a little longer, warm and beautiful, just like the children and adults who made it.

Last Saturday many knitters around the world celebrated their craft by knitting in public spaces. The Scandinavian Society of Nova Scotia invited crafters to join them at the beautiful Public Gardens. The weather cooperated this year and it was lovely — there were small gifts, homemade treats, and lots of happy chatter.

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There was live music performed by Musikanska Vänner (Musical Friends)

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There were at least 6 children working on their own projects. My children used finger knitting and loom knitting techniques.

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I started a new pair of socks for my son and they are turning out nicely. It’s a self-patterning yarn (Patons Kroy) and I truly enjoy it.

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The Public Gardens provided spectacular scenery for this event. This Rhododendron looks like a green mountain covered with pink flowers, it’s at least two-stories-high.

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The flower beds have their own charm, I love the mix of domestic and wild flowers.

 

 

 

Thank you to all creative people who organized and supported this event! And to all my readers — enjoy the spectacular outdoors and bring your knitting with you wherever you go this summer. Let’s not limit knitting in public to one day a year!

A few days ago I received an email about World Wide Knit in Public Day from the Scandinavian Society of Nova Scotia.  It made me think about my experiences of knitting in public, and not only on this day.

For example, today I was knitting a sock. I was the only person in the room full of conference attendees with the needles in my hands. The person who was presenting, a well-known educator and a public speaker, mentioned in passing that she was a knitter. As soon as a small group discussion started, I marched up to her and asked her permission to knit. I assured her that I can do it almost automatically without getting distracted and that I am not bored. She graciously allowed and the sock for my son grew a little bit.

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I often knit in unexpected places. I knit while taking classes at the college. I knit on the playgrounds, on the beach, on the planes. I knit when I visit my friends. I knit during long First Aid courses — it helps bring the anxiety down. Once, I knit a mitten while playing soccer with my 4-year-old boy. It seems that both knitters and non-knitters don’t mind it as long as I ask them about it. I would love to hear what you think about taking your projects with you and working on them while you are our and about.

If knitting outdoors at the beautiful Public Gardens speaks to you, please read the message below. I definitely plan to come and finally finish that sock!

“THE SCANDINAVIAN SOCIETY OF NOVA SCOTIA
(Knitting for Fun Group)

IS HOSTING A PUBLIC

World Wide Knit in Public Day

SATURDAY, 18TH OF JUNE, 2016 – 1 to 3:30 p.m (no rain date).

HALIFAX PUBLIC GARDENS

JOIN US at the Family Lawn area of the Gardens
(corner of Spring Garden Rd & Summer St.)

AS WE KNIT WITH HUNDREDS OF KNITTERS AROUND THE WORLD ON THE SAME DAY!

We welcome all fine arts enthusiasts! Bring a project of your choice and join us for conversation and knitting (crocheting, embroidery, etc.)! Halifax Public Gardens will provide benches. Bring a blanket to sit on, water and snacks, if you wish. 
Special thanks to HRM and staff at the Halifax Public Gardens for making this event possible.”

p.s. Sock update: I did finish the socks but it took me so long that my son grew and they don’t fit him any more. Good thing, I have a daughter.

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