For all those knitters out there, I am sure you know but just a reminder that June 11 is World Wide Knit in Public day . I had assumed that knitters in Oz would be joining in on this but I could not see any information about it on the site. Did Aussie knitters not get their act together?
Why knit in public? In part it is to raise the visibility of knitting and the arts that are associated with women’s ‘craft’ practice. The term Guerilla Knitting has been coined for the practice of knitting in public which is done often in groups. The good old stitch and bitch has gone public as a form of activism. This takes knitting to a level where it becomes a politically engaged art form which for some, aims to highlight the social traditions around textiles, question the values associated with consumerism and is a way of building community. And you thought it was just a get together for a gossip!