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Sabine Schneider
Sabine Schneider

Yes, I know – eek! – you’d probably never consider making anything with your own hands (correct me if you disagree, I’d be chuffed to be wrong), let alone knit a scarf or crochet a little alien or a beanie to warm the thoughts in your head.

So you might be surprised to hear that a thing like the a World Wide Knit In Public Day even exists.
Srange, but true, something’s a’knittin’ in towns and cities around the world on June 13.

2009 happens to be the International Year of Natural Fibres, so it seems appropriate to celebrate handcrafts that are easy, useful, fun and accessible to everyone. They’ve been around for a long time and since they’ve ceased to be the only way of making cloth they surely had their ups and downs. Now the 1970s and even 80s are back in vogue young people are asking their mums and aunties to teach them knitting and crocheting – often in vain because mum and aunty have never been taught either.  Especially spinning  and felting have seen an amazing revival over the past couple of years, but also crocheting (google images of Amigurumi if you don’t believe me), weaving and even tatting - just look at this cool mask.

Maybe this will animate you to make something?

Anyway – if you happen to be in Christchurch on June 13 you might want to come to Cathedral Square. There’s a lot of stuff happening (knitted tree graffiti) and fun to be had from noon to 4pm outside the Dux de Lux. Bring your needles/hooks and yarn if you have any. Or bring the kids. Or just come along and have a nosey...

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