Saturday June 14th 2008, 10:57 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knit

We went to a delightful wedding reception tonight; the groom grew up with my kids, and we got to meet the bride’s parents tonight, very nice people. Dan and Caitlin are like Richard and Kim: they bring out the best in each other. It was beautiful to see. (I teased Dan for a moment about his dandelion corsage, which startled him into checking real quick–no, it was a baby yellow chrysanthemum, honest, Dan!)

It was my first chance all day, and seemed clearly my last, to participate in World Wide Knit in Public Day. I pulled out my needles during a quiet moment, felt guilty, cast on about a dozen stitches, and stashed it quickly back in my purse.

On the way home, our daughter said she needed to stop at Kinko’s a moment. Huzzah! WWKIP Day, here I come!

While she was printing out some materials, I looked around: one guy looked sound asleep, waiting for his stuff to be done, another looked grimly busy, two were semi-oblivious, and one caught my eye, noticing the oddball with the yarn by the windows.

My husband came over a moment to where I had cast away those cast ons and started over and knitted from there, and I explained what the day was all about. He rolled his eyes. “No, really! It really is being observed worldwide today!”

He came back with the perfect answer for a man married to me: “I didn’t know it was a closet sport.”

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My dad has been getting a kick outa my mom lately since she has finally come around to the joys of crocheting in public :-)Or atleast while waiting at the DR Office etc. Yesterday Rocky had its Annual Yard Sale so my mom me and my sister sat on my front porch and worked on our stuff for all the people to see 🙂 It was FUN!!!

Comment by Danielle from SW MO 06.15.08 @ 5:19 am

A huge crowd of us were knitting at Lettuce Knit, out in front – I swear, people were stopping in the middle of the road, just to star at all of us. I’m suprised there wasn’t an accident.
My extended family may wish it was a clost sport – I STILL get eye rolls when I bring out the knitting while in a group.
Deal with it – I’m not going away!

Comment by Sandra 06.15.08 @ 6:43 am

ROFL! “A closet sport” – I can imagine my husband saying that.

Comment by Linda Watson 06.15.08 @ 8:23 am

LOL….my husband couldn’t beleive that there were people all over the world knitting in public either 🙂 He was shocked that knitters had their very own day….LOL
I proudly sat out front of our LYS, with many other knitters, and enjoyed my day…..he did drop me off, and he was smiling……LOL
It was a great day!

Comment by Rhonda 06.15.08 @ 9:25 am

Your husband is a genius hoot!
My reaction to WWKIP was about the same without the brilliant comeback. I’ve always knitted & crocheted in public when time permitted so I didn’t think we had needed a go ahead on a certain day. I am not ashamed!! 😉

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 06.15.08 @ 3:05 pm

The rationalization could be amde that it is a sport, what with the Knitting Olympics and all. And you COULD knit in a closet if you really had to (maybe during a tornado warning?) So, closet sport? Okay, I can get behind that!

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Comment by Mona 06.15.08 @ 6:36 pm

I love it!! Fortunately, SoXperience created my moments for me, all day long… Although, is it really public if you’re surrounded by other knitters, crocheters and felters?

Comment by Channon 06.16.08 @ 7:04 am

Stopping by to say hi, I am thinking of you.
Amid my own bathroom issues, and lace knitting issues, etc. You know, life.


Comment by Karin 06.16.08 @ 8:05 am

Ha! Now that is funny stuff! When I was reading the post, it reminded me of breastfeeding!

Comment by Momo Fali 06.16.08 @ 8:52 am

Te Hee Hee cute 😉

Comment by Alicia 06.16.08 @ 1:47 pm

I can understand having a big debate about, say, breastfeeding in public,but I never worried about knitting where people could see me. Come on! It’s like that book I always carry.
But I don’t knit, read, draw, etc. when I’m afraid it would be disrespectful. But I’m going to share my knitting-in-church story. The main service was over and people had divided up into their classes. I was sitting in the women’s auxiliary class with my hands full of knitting when someone walked by and exclaimed, “Knitting in church!!” I’m not sure if it was mock disapproval, or real. I didn’t look up to see who it was. Well, I finished and put it down as the meeting started. The woman conducting the meeting said, “I am so grateful for all the support we give each other. Why just today, Laura helped me out of a tight spot. I set a personal goal of knitting a scarf for the youth project to distribute warm clothing to the homeless downtown this afternoon. I looked at the book and figured out how to do the basic stitch. I finished the scarf, but I couldn’t figure out how to bind off, no matter how hard I tried. I was afraid some poor man would be wearing it with the needle still in it. But Laura told me to bring it today and she would finish it, and she did it in three minutes.” So–knitting in church.

Comment by Laura 06.17.08 @ 6:46 am

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