Worldwide Knit in Public Day
the second Saturday in June (since 2005)
Danielle Landes in 2005
Worldwide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes as a way to get people all around the world to knit in public, and its official mission is “better living through stitching together”. It is the largest knitter run event in the world, and expanded to having 1,015 events in 57 countries in 2016, from 25 events in 2005. All events are organized by volunteers, and many times themes are chosen for these KIPs (Knit in Publics), such as knitting for hospitals or charity groups.
How to Observe
Information on how to be a host or guest at a KIP event on Worldwide Knit in Public Day is available at their website. With so many events around the world, chances are there is an event in your city. This day is not just for those who have knitted for years, you can join if you are looking for a new hobby! Another way to celebrate the day is by participating in yarn bombing, a form of public art where light poles, trees, and anything in public is decorated with yarn creations. This may be considered vandalism though, so you may want to use good judgement.