WWKIP 2009

Yesterday was World Wide Knit in Public Day. It was also the day I rostered myself on the Guild stand at the Craft and Quilt Fair. Both were at Darling Harbour, so I spent the whole day there, immersed in crafty goodness.

The morning passed in a flash. I sat and spun at the Guild stand for more than four hours with few breaks as I hardly noticed the time. I spent about half that time spinning singles of the English Leicester/Kid Mohair/Bamboo roving and about half plying a full bobbin of two ply. Most of the usual interest and questions from people who came by. A number of Ravelers happened to come by and I got to put some names to faces. As I wanted to finish plying the full bobbin and not stop part way, it was after 1.30pm before I packed up my spinning wheel. I did a quick whip around a few stalls I wanted to visit, and bought some Habu silk wrapped stainless steel. I can’t wait to knit that in front of some muggles!

It was hard work getting out of the Craft Fair and over to WWKIP day at the Bayside Lounge carrying a backpack, bag and my spinning wheel. I was late to the Bayside Lounge, arriving at something like 2.15pm – long after the problem of 50+ knitters and only 25 chairs had been sorted (they were told to expect 75 people – clearly knitting skeptics…). I was shocked that I was 71st to arrive! The total tally was 80 knitters. There were knitters inside:


And knitters outside:

I wound the yarn off the bobbin onto my niddy noddy, counted it for length then put it away. My fingertips were cold and numb from plying for so long in a cold down draft from the ventilation system in the exhibition hall, so I didn’t want to do any more spinning. I wanted to knit but I was so tired and spent so much time talking (Yeah, surprising. Not.) that I barely knit a thing: maybe three rounds on my sock? Shortly after the prizes were drawn, I packed up and made my way home, completely exhausted.

This morning I have had out my sewing machine. I turned one of the two WWKIP day bags I bought into a drawstring project bag big enough for a large project. I’ve been using other bags borrowed from other purposes, and I much prefer a drawstring bag to keep everything for a project together. While I had the machine out, I made a second bag from the last of the Knitting Chickens fabric I bought a couple years back (I wish now that I’d got some of the accompanying fabric with the actual Knitting Chickens on it). So all my WIPs now have their own drawstring bag and some other bags have gone back to their original purpose.


While the camera was out, I photographed all the WIPs. There are Noro socks I shouldn’t be knitting since the River Rapid sock still remains without a partner. I hate the colour and the yarn, but it is doing the Noro thing I so like with the stripes. I’m mid-turning-the-heel already.


A Revontuli shawl in the alpaca/merino handspun:


And the much neglected cardigan, even though I’d love to be wearing it right now:


And the English Leicester/Kid Mohair/Bamboo yarn is drying after setting the ply.

There’s still more singles on the bobbins ready to ply, and a quarter of the rovings yet to be spun, so this skein is only about a quarter of the resulting yarn. The intention is that it will become an Ishbel, even though that pattern has gone viral. It’s damn pretty.

This entry was posted in Knitting in Public, Spinning, Stuff that Happened. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to WWKIP 2009

  1. Lien says:

    Great idea with the bag. I doubt I’d use my WWKIP as a tote bag so I’ll might do the same with mine. Can never have enough project bags!


Comments are closed.