BANGOR, Maine — Pine Kneedlers, the new knitting guild in Bangor, will be hosted by AC Moore, 510 Stillwater Ave., to celebrate the World-Wide Knit-in-Public Day, or WWKiP, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, June 12.
WWKiP Day is about showing the general public in a very distinct way that knitting can be a community activity.
In some places there are many different knitting groups that never interact with one another, so on WWKiP Day they can gather in one place.
WWKiP Day is unique in that it’s the largest knitter-run event in the world. Each local event is put together by volunteers organizing an event because they want to, not because they have to. In the past some people have used this event as a means to show the public that not only grannies knit, and while that’s great, keep in mind that without those grannies, we wouldn’t have the wealth of knitting knowledge that we do.
In 2005 there were approximately 25 registered local events around the world; 70 local events in 2006; and nearly 200 in 2007 were registered. In 2008 there were 800 events and 751 in 2009.
Over the years there have been events in Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the United States.
Other WWKiP locations in Maine include Gowan Park in Sanford, hosted by Cara Sammons and Lyman Elementary Fiber Arts Group on Saturday, June 12; and Alice L. Pendleton Library, 309 Main Road, Islesboro, hosted by Linda Graf on Saturday, June 19.
WWKiP Day now takes place from the second Saturday to the third Sunday of June each year, making it a weeklong celebration of knitting and other fiber arts. For information, visit www.wwkipday.com.