Worldwide Knit in Public Day + a little lace

World Wide Knit in Public Day
Image source: wwkipday.com

Hello. I hope the start of June finds you well! This is probably old hat to the seasoned knitters, but first things first: this Saturday, June 9th is Worldwide Knit in Public Day (WWKiP). Started in 2005, this annual event is the largest knitter-run gathering on the globe. The idea is to join up and meet your local, fellow-knitters for some quality stitching time. Given the often solitary nature of a craft that is mostly performed in (and commonly relegated to) “private” spaces and spheres, WWKiP brings fiber arts into public space and gives crafters a chance to meet/reunite with like-minded folks, share some tips, and enjoy some community-building through the fiber arts.

WWKiP has been steadily growing over the years, with 1125 public knitting events around the world in 2017. That’s a lot of public knitting. If the prospect of some quality time with yarn, sunshine, WIPs, and nice people sounds good to you, the WWKiP website has a worldwide directory of events.

I can think of no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.


Ok. Now for some lace…

I’ve been busy, this month, working my very first lace-knitting project: Reiko Kuwamura’s Leticia shawl.

© Reiko Kuwamura, Image source: Ravelry.com.

This induction into lace-knitting comes late, a little over a year into my return to knitting at the end of 2016. I can see the reasons for this. I was never a lace-wearer myself, and felt it easier to focus, at first, on the “hardy” practical knits – the mitts, the workhorse socks and scarves, a blanket here, a hat there. It has taken time to discover and appreciate this lighter side of knitting. My coming into lace, in other words, is quite like the process of lace-making itself: a little slow-going, and needing time and the right conditions to “open up” (as lace does, only after a good block).

Leticia

Folks, I love this pattern. It is worked in 2 parts: the lace border is worked first (it uses a 4-row repeat and includes a picot edge), and the body of the shawl proper is worked afterwards, by picking up border-stitches. The first step – still in progress – has been lots of fun: after about 30 repeats, I felt I had finally memorized the lace pattern and could safely turn it into TV & podcast knitting with the help of a counter (to track my place in the repeats) and good old paper and pen (to keep track of the number of repeats completed). Very analog.

leticia 1

I love completing the border’s repeats. I can never quite stop at just one – the mind wants another and another, and with that, the lace lengthens.

I love the spidery feeling of working something finer and more delicate than stockinette or garter under my fingers, having the fabric coax my hands into learning a new nimbleness.

And I love the fragile architecture of lace, the way it holds together while letting the light and the air in, as if lace were meant to convey the elements. In the photo above, I’m imagining what it would be to sit underneath a huge lace rooftop or canopy and be mottled by little pools of lace-worked light.

Lacework has captured my imagination!

I hope you are making up a storm this week. Until next time!

 

 

14 thoughts on “Worldwide Knit in Public Day + a little lace

  1. What a lovely post, Shirley! It’s wonderful to hear about how much you’re enjoying lace knitting. There is certainly something addictive about it. Enjoy WWKIP day! I’m going to be spending it with my knitting BFF. We’ll be knitting all over the place. I can hardly wait. Lol! Be well, my friend. 🙂

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  2. Indeed, lace knitting can become addictive. It is very different from plain stitches, require more focus, especially at the beginning, but on simple lace projects, you can relax into it quite quickly. Enjoy your shawl knitting.
    I won’t be able to knit much for the Worldwide Knit in Public Day but I will have a thought for my fellow knitters worldwide.

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    1. Yes, I’m getting used to focusing in more than usual, but I can relax a little, now that the repeats are in memory (thankfully!). Enjoy your blanket, Agnès! I’m really looking forward to seeing how the lovely colours you selected come together. 🙂

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  3. Beautiful shawl and you have amazing photography on your blog! Oh and I loved this statement/description: “I love the fragile architecture of lace, the way it holds together while letting the light and the air in, as if lace were meant to convey the elements. ” Makes me want to learn how to make lace 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Tierney. I’ve been inspired by your outdoors-y snapshots to get outside more, and bring the crafting with. 😀 I’m getting used to how ‘holey’ this fabric is, and am liking it. And go for it! It’s lots of fun!

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  4. Yes – it took me a while to come around, but I’m sold and can’t wait until the next project. You describe it so well – transformative is the word for this lovely fabric. Happy knitting!

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