Noticed knitters around lately – on the bus, train, in cafes?
This week is World Wide Knitting in Public and, whilst knitting is often considered a solitary occupation, this is a week where knitters promote their craft openly and get together as a community.
The knitting community is broad and diverse – many different generations are represented. Knitters come from different social, racial and professional backgrounds, with a common love for the craft of knitting.
Knitting is one of those basic pastimes – a simple pleasure that crosses making a functional item, creating something unique, crafting a special gift or a craft to share socially with others. The reasons for knitting can be from simple enjoyment to a personal technical achievement. Knitters knit for themselves, family, friends as well as a wide group of charities, such as Born to Knit and Wrap with Love.
Over the past few years, knitters have begun to spring up in groups across Australia as knitting has seen a resurgence in popularity. This has been fuelled by both the desire for people to seek social outlets combined with internet connectivity. Knitters have their own online Facebook via Ravelry, which has over half a million knitters worldwide.
It is one of those activities that has stood the test of time. Often handed down from generation to generation, it can also easily be learnt by newcomers who can quickly pick up the skills as well as learn from online tutorials – something foreign to previous generations of knitters. Many knitting groups across Australia meet regularly at cafes, shops, pubs and community locations and keep in contact via Ravelry. There is no requirement for joining a group, other than a general love of knitting. Skill ranges all vary greatly as do the ages and backgrounds of the participants.
This week is ‘Knitter’s Week’ as they promote their craft and get together as a community. There will be lots of events held across Australia. To find your local event, log on to http://www.wwkipday.com/find_kip.htm and search for your location. You’ll get to meet lots of other knitters and find out about local groups in your area.
Sydney will host an event on 18 June from 1 – 4 pm at Customs House at Circular Quay. Click here to find out more