Monday, July 14, 2008


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I think not ... contrary to popular belief, the knitting police do not exist…but is merely a knitty urban legend. Brave statement, I know, for all the knitters out there who are timid and wary of getting caught knitting in public.

I don't suffer from this fear, as do some of my fellow knitters and crocheters. For many years, I had the audacity to sketch in museums in a tiny notebook as an art student – I got used to every push, shove, hot breath down my neck, comments in various languages and yes, the evil eye from time to time – mostly from museum guards, so for me, knitting in public was a breeze.
The best attention I get is from children who are very curious about this outrageous public display of creativity. Some parents will say – come away from there! But the children boldly reject their parents and have to be dragged away – kids definitely know what's cool and aren't afraid of being creative. I can understand the parents distrust... to see their childs eyes get round as saucers and watch as they are sucked into the knitting vortex is quite a spectacle…similar to the display of teens across the US during the deluge of early rock n roll in the 60's. I've seen black & white archival film footage-ok. A bit scarey.
Crochet Hooded Baby Blanket for Charity at the Mt Lebanon concert with Brynn Marie
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Venture out with your knitting or crochet – it will enlighten and inspire you. You will learn to relax in time – start with a simple project that does not require to much close work or counting so that you eliminate the stress. People will be wowed by your creativity and admire your tenacity. Hello, the main inspiration for Knit 1 for the Road was so knitters could easily work on pieces in public places. I came up with the idea while knitting at my favorite cafe. Some of your fellow knitters will come forward and admit they are inspired by you and will get their knit on in public from now on.

Knitting while waiting for jazz trio to set up in Observatory Park in Pittsburgh.

So go for it people and be proud! Get your Knit On!

(Shout out to my Ravelry friend, Eve, for pointing this issue out to me ;) and the inspiration for today's blog)

Marg, just back from knitting in public at two concerts this weekend.

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