Save the date! June 13. 2015 - for the 10th anniversary of the first World Wide Knitting in Public Day. Knitters from all parts of the world will be coming together to knit in public and draw attention to the craft we love. Let's face it, knitting isn't something that only grannies do to while away their time. In the 21st Century, knitting can become anything from a humble dish cloth to a runway garment to the creative yarn bombing of public space and anything in between.
Last week I went looking online for a local WWKIP Day activity near me. Yes, I know half of the east coast will probably descend on Bryant Park in NY, for the day, but for me, it isn't convenient to go there. Honestly, I'm mystified that the nearest other event was several counties away. So... I'm hosting a local WWKIP Day gathering.
This is a call for northern NJ and Rockland/Suffern County NY knitters: Go to your LYS as soon as you can to pick up some yarn for that next project you're dying to start -- or go deep stash diving for that yarn that needs to be turned into something now.
DATE: June 13, 2013
TIME:11:00 AM - 4:00 PM or as long or short as you'd like to stay
PLACE: Ramsey Municipal Pool, East Oak Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446
The Ramsey Municipal Pool has been voted Best Pool in Bergen County by readers of the the prestigious 201 magazine. The pristine, newly renovated pool has water attractions, an adult swim and lap section and barrier-free access. There are tennis courts across the street, beach volley ball on site and plenty of shade trees. There are shaded picnic tables set back from the pool, a snack bar with offerings above and beyond the usual burgers and dogs. There are bathrooms, showers and changing stalls. Free WiFi is available, too.
WHAT TO BRING: food and beverages if you don't care to purchase them, optional bathing suit, optional shade umbrella (but there are plenty of trees), sunscreen, optional hat, beach supplies and oh, yeah, KNITTING!!
FYI: There are grills available if you'd like to bring your own charcoal for BBQ-ing
COST: I did my best on this one: This is a premier members-only town pool and the regular guest price for non-members attending with a sponsor member is $15.00. The Director, Mr. Bach, has graciously reduced the guest price for our event to $5.00. You will be my "guest" (each attendee paying their own entrance fee unless they are already Ramsey Pool members) and as event day approaches, I will post/message more about your entry procedure.
CHILDREN/YOUTH; If you bring a non-knitting child or youth, they are your responsibility. All children must be under the care and control of their attending parent or guardian to insure everyone's safety and enjoyment.
INTERESTED IN LEARNING?: I will offer a brief beginner lesson at 12:45 PM. If you or your companion would like to learn to knit, please bring a pair of size 7 needles and a partial skein or ball of smooth, single color worsted weight yarn and add your name to the sign up sheet when you arrive.
If you are an experienced knitter and would like to assist beginners, please let me know.
I will create a Ravelry group for this event in a day or so. I will request that you indicate to me whether you're planning to attend, just so I can give the pool an estimate of the size of our group.
So, get out to your LYS for yarn and a new WWKIP Day project, unless you already have stash and projects :-) Or, bring your current WIP (work in progress.)
We will have our event at the Ramsey Municipal Pool whether sunny or cloudy. If it's a stormy day, the alternate location will be the Ramsey Public Library, 3 blocks away, at 30 Wyckoff Ave, Ramsey, NJ 07446. Watch this blog, the Ravelry page and Twitter for details if the weather on June 13 is iffy.