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.
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.