Canadian library marks World Wide Knit In Public Day

Canadian library marks World Wide Knit In Public Day (Thinkstock)

Knitting can be a great winter pastime, allowing you to snuggle up on the couch and while away an evening with your needles and wool.

But, come summer why not take your knitting outside?

If this seems like an alien concept to you then you could give it a go on Saturday June 8th as part of World Wide Knit In Public Day.

Burnaby Public Library in British Columbia, Canada, is getting involved in the event from 11am to 2pm and are inviting others to join them with their knitting needles and yarn projects.

The Burnaby News Leader reports that the day first began in 2005 as a way to bring knitters together and out in the open, to remove the myth that knitting is purely a solitary activity.

Anne Walsh, librarian at the Tommy Douglas branch, who is helping organise the event, said that it was meant to "dispel the myth of only old ladies knitting", adding, "it's trendy these days, it has been for quite a while".

Knitters are invited to bring their projects to the library at the corner of Kingsway and Walker Avenue where they can then share their tips and ideas, as well as socialise with people with similar hobbies.

People who have yet to give knitting a go can also try learning the craft with the spare needles and yarn, as well as some helpful advice from keen knitters.

Ms Walsh, who is a member of the West Coast Knitters Guild said that she has been clicking away with her needles for over 40 years.

The 52-year-old told the publication that people no longer have to use itchy, cheap wool.

"Now you can get soft and luxurious [yarns]. You can knit just about anything," she said.

Ms Walsh admitted she found knitting relaxing and meditative, especially when patterns have a special meaning behind them.

"The projects I like best are the ones where I'm knitting something with love in it," she went on to add.

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