Monday, June 20, 2011

WWKiP 2011

This last Saturday was my fourth annual World Wide Knit in Public Event. This was our second year at the Hillsboro Farmers' Market. They are lovely hosts, providing us with a couple of canopies, five tables and lots of chairs.  Last year we appreciated the shade the canopies provided, this year it was protection from the drizzle/rain that came after a day of beautiful sunshine.

Each year local ladies volunteer to make the goodie bags that are filled with yarn samples from local hand dyers. The goodie bags are really project bags. This year they were made Grace (check out her Etsy store for her needle cases, especially if you aren't local and can't get into Urban Fiber Arts to buy one), Debby has been making them each year, and Angela, who made some last year.  Here's a sample of the three styles:
Yarn samples came from Abstract Fiber, Knitted Wit, Three Fates Yarn and Stitchjones. I made stitch markers as did Trtlgrl and Rachel (she sells them at Urban Fiber Arts, but if you have need of some pretty ones, contact her for info.)
These were the lovely door prizes provided by Three Fates Yarn (yarn), Trtlgrl (fan), Urban Fiber Arts (kits) and The Knitting Bee (yarns and books).  We have awesome yarn stores!

Pics of the event:

By popular demand we do a destash/trade table. We were also prepared if we had anyone that wanted to learn how to knit we had needles and how to books. At one point the table was well covered with yarn, but I only came home with the box you can see on the left to be dropped off at the Hillsboro Senior Center.

You can't see it but Don over on the right of the pic was busy knitting a hat for a friend. He's Grace's DH who helps enable her stash at yarn stores.  Of course a good portion of it is so that he can get hand knit socks. ;-)
 I actually don't mind being in this picture! You can't see it but, not only am I sitting down, but I'm knitting! ;-)

We pulled the Blueberry lady over to find out what she was doing there, as its too early to have them in season yet. I remembered that Robyn was wearing a blue shirt and was teasing her that she was as round as the Blueberry lady. Thankfully Robyn has a sense of humor and went along with me getting a pic of them together. It was the Blueberry Lady's idea for them to both rub their tummies. (Robyn is due this week, she thinks - I'm voting for another week unless she drops soon.)
The canopies started to fill with water and Sari was elected as the tallest amongst us to help with the situation. The bundle of knitting needles were useful for other things than knitting. ;-)
Watch out!

The wind picked up on us and started blowing the water out of the canopies. Sari looking up to check on it.

The next event I have planned is the World Wide Spin in Public event the weekend before Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in September. It will also be at the Hillsboro Farmers' Market. We're hoping for no rain. ;-)


  1. Thanks for helping organize - it was fun (despite the rain) and I love the goodie bag I got :) and fun to see pics from the event, apparently I was too busy knitting to run from the camera ;)

  2. I am obviously living in the wrong part of the country. Jackets! Sweaters! Cowls!!! In JUNE! Sigh.