Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Calling all Knitters and would be knitters

Join Make it and Mend it's Twitter / Knitter fest and celebrate World Wide Knit in Public day!
Kick off Thursday 4.00pm (GMT)
Make it and Mend it are holding an Twitter/Knitter fest for anybody who is interested in knitting. It is a chance to come together and meet other like minded tweeters to share ideas and inspiration.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a complete novice, a passionate aficionado, or even a wool producer – all are welcome to join us for 2 hours of unadulterated knitting tweets.
What is WWKIP?
For those of you who may have missed the massed hoards of knitters down on the South Bank in London on Saturday. This weekend was World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIP).
Started in 2005 by Danielle Landes, WWKIP Day began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. For many, knitting can be a very solitary experience and Landes decided to rectify this by encouraging people to grab their knitting, get out of their houses and go to a local event where people can meet other like minded people.

WWKiP Day is unique, in that it's the largest knitter-run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. They each organize an event because they want to, not because they have to.

WWKIP is about showing the general public that ‘not only grannies knit!’. Knitting crosses all ages, classes, cultures and getting together to knit is also about sharing all that knowledge and inspiring each other.

This year the event runs over two weekends. Last weekend was the first and 20th/21st June is the second weekend. So you still have time to grab your needles and join in.

Landes says “WWKiP Day is really about showing the general public that knitting can be a community activity in a very distinct way. In some places there are many different knitting groups that never interact with each other, on WWKiP Day they come together in one place, making them hard to miss.”

Here at Make it and Mend it, we love this idea and have decided it is time to bring it into the digital age. Coming together to share our knitting, doesn’t have to just be a physical coming together, it can be a virtual coming together as well. Everyday our Twitter followers come together to share thoughts, ideas and experiences, for 2 hours on Thursday we want you to join us in our twitter/knitter fest and bring WWKIP online.

“Better living through stitching together”

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