Do you Kip? It’s not a knitting stitch, to KIP is to Knit in Public. In the fall and winter when I KIP, I usually do it on my lunch break at work in the food court of the building that I work at in the center of Seattle. During the spring and summer I KIP outside of this wonderful public and iconic space. I like to KIP alone, to escape for about an hour by listening to the loud whispers of music coming from my earbuds as I sit and eat my lunch and industriously work on my current WIP. I do like to knit alone, whether on my lunch break or at home. I like to get in my knitting or crocheting zone and block out everything and just focus on my project and watch as it slowly takes shape and transforms magically before me like a butterfly. Even though I enjoy this time by myself, I do feel at a certain level I need to connect with, and meet more knitters and crocheters too. So that is my New Year’s Resolution for 2018, to identify meet-ups or maybe even creating one on my own by connecting with people at work.
Getting back to the topic of knitting in public, it is actually a WORLD WIDE DAY. Danielle Landes founded World Wide Knit in Public Day in 2005, to encourage knitters to socialize with each other, rather than sitting and knitting at home alone. Taking place in the month of June every year, different groups and organizations around the world hold Knitting in Public events. The next one is taking place on June 9, 2018. Check with your LYS or the Internet, but of course you can also do it 365 days a year, either alone, with friends or with new friends!