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Say it loud. Say it proud. Don't be afraid to say it! That's right people, I knit. Here is the chance to take your needles and yarn and hit the streets for World Wide Knit in Public Day on 12 June 2021.
Photo courtesy Rebecca Grant
World Wide Knit in Public Day began in 2005 by Danielle Landes and continues to take place on the second Saturday of June each year. It started as a fun way for knitters to come together and enjoy each others' company and continues to share the joy that knitting can bring.
Where did knitting start?
Knitting is the process of creating loops of threads that interlock row by row, through the use of yarn and needles. The ancient craft of knitting is believed to have started in Egypt.
Knitting: It's Good For You If you are an experienced knitter or thinking of taking it up, there are lots of good reasons to try. Not only is knitting fun but it has also been found to offer a large range of health benefits including:
Lowering blood pressure Reducing depression and anxiety Slowing the onset of dementia Providing a distraction from chronic pain
Increased sense of wellbeing Reduced loneliness and isolation Improved concentration
Being a digital detox to take time out from phones and devices
Being able to wear what you make
Knitting is also portable. It doesn't require heavy equipment so you can knit on a bus, train, in a park or while sipping a coffee in a cafe.
As the craft has evolved so have the knitted creations to splendid shawls, wraps and humpers. If you needed any more convincing that knitting is fashionable, it's nice to know that celebrities Sarah Jessica Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Demi Lovato are all knitters.
So, get out your needles, choose some yarn and get knitting this World Wide Knit In Public Day. Continue the craft and the sense of achievement by saying, I made that.