Thursday, June 5, 2008

World Wide Knit in Public Day Event in Snow Hill

World Wide Knit in Public (WWKiP) Day was started in 2005 by knitter Danielle Landes as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other's company. Knitting is such a solitary act that it's easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your own work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. Neighbors can spend their entire lives never knowing that the other knits. This is a specific day for knitters (and those who want to learn) to get out of the house and go to a local event (with knitting in tow). WWKiP Day is the largest knitter-run event in the world, and each local event is organized by volunteers.

A WWKiP Day event is being held at Sturgis Park in Snow Hill on June 14 from 10am to 3pm. Knitters can stop by any time to network with other area knitters and check out each others' current projects. Knitters should bring a chair and their knitting (and snacks if they'd like). Stacy Mitchell, owner of the Fine Needle quilt and yarn shop in Snow Hill, is offering free goody bags to those who register ahead of time by calling the shop at (410) 632-0772. Visitors can pick up the bags from Stacy at the event.

The Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill is offering free admission coupons to participants in WWKiP Day. They can be picked up all day at the event. “Knitters can knit at the KIP, have lunch in town, and then walk a few blocks to the Purnell Museum. It's a great way for visitors to Snow Hill, and locals, to spend the day,” said Julia A. Purnell Museum Executive Director Mary St. Hippolyte.

There were nearly 200 event for last year's WWKiP Day, and the number will probably be even higher for 2008. Events are being held in the USA, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, France, Australia, Netherlands, Finland, the UK, Portugal, Austria, New Zealand, Belgium, Iceland, Czech Republic, and Mexico.

Knitters can stop by the Snow Hill event any time from 10am-3pm. Those who are interested in learning to knit—including kids and teens—are encouraged to join in too.

For more information on the event contact Stacy Mitchell at the Fine Needle at (410) 632-0772. To find out more about WWKiP events around the globe, visit

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