I know the terms are: knit one, purl two; as do most knitters.
The bombs come in when you explode your knitted work on everyday items, generally, in public places and most often, anonymously.I confess, I’m not a knitter, at all. That would be my mom, aka, The Knitting Lady. But, if I were a knitter, this would be right up my ally. And, I’m trying to convince my mom she should knit a cover for a dead tree in our front yard instead of cutting it down. She is not onboard with the idea, yet, reminding me it would take a lot of yarn to cover the entire tree.
Knitters have every reason to celebrate today, June 9. It is Worldwide Knit in Public Day, which is always the second Saturday of June.
The world has knitter Danielle Landes to thank for World Wide Knit in Public Day (W.W.K.I.P.D). This day “is unique, in that it’s the largest knitter-run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. Be part of a very colorful, passionate and cozy community, host a KIP in your local community and join a global movement,” is the invitation on the WWKIPD website. To find a KIP (knit in public) group or event near you, click here.
The main tool of knitting, the needle, was said to have its origins in Arabia. The first needles were made of copper and looked more like hooks than needles. In other locations around the world, knitting needles have been found constructed from wood, ivory, bone, bamboo, amber and iron as well. Universal Class has a bit of history, a little yarn talk and knitting terminology.
Crocheters, I’m not leaving you out. June 11 will be International Yarn Bombing Day and you can join in the festivities with your handiwork alongside other yarn enthusiasts. Together, “yarnies” can color the world, one stitch at a time.
Yarnbombing is believed to have been started by Magda Sayeg, of Houston, who says she first got the idea in 2005 when she covered the door handle of her boutique with a custom-made cozy. This is a good opportunity for knitters or crocheters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover yarn and unfinished knitting projects. In June 2011, Joann Matvichuk began International Yarn Bombing Day in Alberta, Canada, when fellow yarn bombers from across the globe hit the city streets with their knits.
I have yet to come across yarnbombing in person, but Charleston, SC, would be a great city to bomb. It is already so colorful with Rainbow Row, but the cannons on the Charleston Battery would be the ultimate yard bomb (cannons/bomb – get it. My kids might be right; maybe I’m not that funny). I do love the photo of the Charging Bull, “Rocky,” near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, though. That had to be some real ninja knitting in the night to piece together the yarn graffiti before dawn and not get caught. One brave knitter, I’d say. Locals to me could join Yarnbombing of Columbia on Facebook.
Yarnbombing isn’t for everyone. I don’t know if anyone has ever gotten into trouble for covering public property in yarn, but, if you want to be on the safe side, there are ways you can enjoy your favorite pastime and help make the world a better place. Take your talents to those who need it the most, consider one of these charities and bring a smile to someone’s face.
For a pretty full list of local and national charities accepting knit items for donation, be sure to check All Free Knitting — Knitting for Charity.
Feature Photo: The Chromologist.com
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