Garments created for World Wide Knit in Public Day displayed in Newbury

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Newbury residents have until Thursday (July 17th) to check out items knitted by locals as part of the 2014 World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKNIP).

The results of the project are on display at the Homegrown exhibition at New Greenham Arts.

Led by artist Mandi Bainbridge, Newbury's donation to the project came from the Corn Exchange's Stitch & Chat group.

The collective of knitters were on hand to give out advice to novices. No expense was spared, as free wool and needles were provided for the occasion.

Everyone involved in the project was encouraged to take along their crochet, knitting and textile projects, with a view to them ending up as part of the display.

WWKNIP was the brainchild of American Danielle Landes and has now grown to become the largest knitter-run event in the world.

It began back in 2005, when Landes had the idea of encouraging people to come together to enjoy their passion for knitting. Back then, there were approximately 25 events that took place across the globe. 

By 2006, that number had grown to approximately 70 and by 2009, there were 751, which just goes to show how popular it has become.

Landes explains that the project "is really about showing the general public that knitting can be a community activity in a very distinct way".

She hinted that while towns may have multiple groups of knitters who never really interact, WWKNIP gives them the opportunity to do so.

Although this year's events have now passed, there is plenty of opportunity to organise a communal knitting day in 2015, as days take place between the second and third Saturday of June every year.

If you are keen to hone your skills, then why not go online and download some of our free knitting patterns?

You can also access books and design brochures, plus knitting and crochet magazines.

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