World Wide Knit in Public Day 2008


Or – why I am so pink and tired that I am eating pork pie for supper (out of the wrapper) because I can’t be bothered to cook.

It was WWKIP and the lovely guys at I Knit London decided that this was the perfect opportunity for a treasure hunt. The day started with a little representing on the train from Banbury:
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And a hop across London to Waterloo:
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This is an art installation called Volume – the bars on the pillars change colour and go up and down as does the music as people walk through – nothing to do with knitting but very cool none the less.

At I Knit I joined a team of three Amigos – N, L and J and we set off on our quest- to follow a roughly indicated route answering 61 questions about the things we found on the way, collect treasure, keep a helium balloon intact, find out how to say “I knit” in as many different languages as possibly and take some knitting pictures. Oh, and knit a fifteen stitch scarf on the way. So we have:

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Knitting with a street performer
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Knitting on a stage
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A statue wearing knitting – the other one looks a bit cold though doesn’t it –
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Two statues wearing knitting – that’s my Swan Lake shawl on the right
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The hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef – it’s massive – this is one of at least three different reefs, the UK reef.
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A knitting related road or street sign – do you see what we did there! Cunning eh!
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Knitting with not one but two of London’s finest – we weren’t the first to ask these two and they only became more bemused when we rattled on about WWKIP – if you look at the scarf you can see that I’m desperately trying to add length by shoving in a lace section – it does grow more quickly but it’s harder to do while you’re walking.

And a little alphabet game with some iconic London Landmarks- June 090
P is for Parliament

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U is for Underground
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R is for Railway Station
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L is for Lions

We had a similar game to play with Treasure to bring home but using KNIT – we got K is for Keyring and my personal bit of treasure:

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T is for Thimble – we quite rightly negotiated an extra point for something vaguely knitting related.

It’s been a brilliant day and utterly bemused much of London, particularly when a group of several teams were clustered on the South Bank dressing statues and popping each others’ balloons (sabotage encouraged, our balloon never made it as far as the photos!).

Here’s hoping they do it next year – anyone else want to come?

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  • Caroline M 15/06/2008 at 7:48 am

    I spoke to some KIP peeps – does that count? My only not-secret project involves live (as opposed to captive) beads and it isn’t suitable for open air knitting. I had to do boring stuff too.

    Excuses, excuses

  • Gerard & Craig 15/06/2008 at 11:10 pm

    so glad you enjoyed it!

  • castingaway 16/06/2008 at 3:23 am

    That looks like it was so much fun!!! Especially knitting with the Bobbies (do they still call them that?).