Friday, June 18, 2010

Knitting in Public Day

Each year since 2005, there has been an odd event (to the outside world, at least) called "World-Wide Knitting in Public Day." It has grown by leaps and bounds each year, and this year, many thousands of knitters are expected to participate from all over the--you guessed it--world!

Local to our store is the State College event, which is going to be co-sponsored this year by the Centre County Knitting Guild and Stitch Your Art Out. We even received a permit from the borough to allow Stitch Your Art Out to sell yarn, so I will be heading there bright and early (8:00 a.m., to be precise), with my car loaded with knitting goodies! I'll bring a variety of things that I thought would be great for summer knitting.

One of those is a fun little thing that we just got in yesterday: beads on a string, from the wonderful Mango Moon company. Kim calls them "earthy sparkle." We got about 6 colors, but here are a few to show you (in extreme close up through their plastic bags):

You knit these along with another yarn, dropping them and picking them up every 4-6 rows so the beads don't get too heavy. Pair them with any yarn you like.

I'll also have some new, glorious knitting bags, some cotton yarns, and even some notions for those of you who were sure you had thousands upon thousands of ring markers, but you didn't seem to bring them along and cannot fathom where they could have disappeared to because they are always Right In Your Knitting Bag.

If I don't have what you need, the store is 10 minutes down the road and will be open all day from the usual 10-5:30.

Along with vending, I'll be sure to be knitting of course. My plan is to work on the t-shirt that I'm making for the Zimmermania classes. (Do not panic, my dear Zimmermania classes. If you do not like capped sleeves, you can make a longer sleeve. I just happen to like capped sleeves.)

As you can see, it's getting close to done.

I live in constant fear in my life that wherever I am, I might run out of knitting and have to sit still and do nothing. Seeing the t-shirt at this state is making me a bit edgy.

So I'm also toying with taking this along--you know, just in case:

It is sheer insanity to start a new project, but I can't let go of it. When we went to Columbus, Ohio, for yarn market, Kim and I saw the Wrap Me Up pattern made from sock yarn.

I can be influenced as well as anyone, thus:

It was so pretty! And I love Kureyon sock yarn! And I love these two colors! And I think they would look great together, intermingled in the wrap, with these blue and purple beads! And the wrap is fun to make!

So I'm thinking.... what harm could it possibly do to make a 3rd wrap?

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