Guerilla Knitting? What's Happening This Week.

The next few days might just be a knitter's dream! World Wide Knit in Public Day and Yarnbombing day?! For those of you not familiar with either, this post will give you the need to know.

What is Knit in Public Day?

Taking place on the 9th of June, Knit in Public day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes and has since been organised by Astrid Salling, pictured below. Beginning as a means for people to meet others with a shared love, it has spiralled into a huge, worldwide celebration. Whilst many hobbies require us to get out there and meet other people; tennis wouldn't be much fun on your own, knitting can be quite solitary. 

Astrid Salling, organiser of Worldwide Knit in Public Day

Astrid Salling, organiser of Worldwide Knit in Public Day

Danielle wanted to encourage people to get outside and meet other knitters. Being a hopeless fidget, I quite often knit on the train, the beach, anywhere to keep my hands occupied. I almost always meet somebody who knits, crochets or crafts. As the largest knitter run event on the planet, World Knit in Public Day is a brilliant way to maximise the chances of finding those new friendships.

Fancy Getting Involved?

Over the years, World Knit in Public day has grown enormously, from just 25 events in its first year, there are now more than a thousand events across 57 countries. For those local to Brighton and Hove there are a couple of things happening nearby!

We are Over the Moon will be hosting a meet up and knit day at the Shoreham Library, hopefully out in the courtyard weather permitting. Bring your own supplies or take a little of theirs if you feel like learning a new skill.

Needle Meets Hook will also be hosting a knitting and crochet day at the new wool shop in Battle. A small donation of £1 is all that is asked for.

And Yarn Bombing Day?

A little less self explanatory, yarn bombing is a term that's perhaps not familiar to all! Yarn Bombing is the act of reclaiming and beautifying public space by knitting and crocheting decorations. Often attached to lamp posts, benches, trees and buildings, colourful yarn creations are used like graffiti to add colour to the grey urban landscape.

Yarn bombed locomotive by Olek in Lodz, Poland.

Yarn bombed locomotive by Olek in Lodz, Poland.

Of course the big plus of using yarn instead of spray paint is that yarn doesn't do damage and isn't permanent. Pieces made for lamp posts, for example, can be sewn into place and then snipped off and moved if required. Over the years several pieces of this guerilla knitting have made the headlines. Take a look at this brightly coloured crochet locomotive by Polish artist Ozek!

This year's yarn bombing day will take place on the 11th of June. Why not use your Knit in Public creations to decorate the area that you live in?

Not Quite Sure?

For those of you who are intrigued, but maybe under confident, I might have a solution. Whilst my little shop is a bit small for hosting a large event, it is the perfect size for the brand new Knitting Club! Full details can be found here for those experienced knitters interested in meeting like-minded crafters and total beginners wanting to learn a new skill with lovely company. 

There's prosecco to help get the stitches flowing (as well as tea for those who prefer!) along with homemade goodies to suit all dietary requirements. If you're interested then drop in, send me an email, give the shop a call or buy a slot here. It would be lovely to have a busy first session.

Happy Knitting!