Even though I couldn’t participate in an “official” World Wide Knit in Public Day event, I still made a point of knitting in public this past Saturday, June 8.
Only two people said anything all day, which surprised me. I expected more comments or curiosity. But maybe knitting is so hip and trendy that of course I was knitting, what else would I do with my time?
Over the course of the day, I added approximately 25 inches – over 130 pattern rows – to the Just a Jamie Thing scarf. The fact that the pattern was broken up into discreet chunks was very helpful, because whenever I ended up with too many or too few stitches (yes, it happened!) it was easy to fix without impacting a large area of lace. Also, the pattern was simple enough to memorize, so I was able to knit faster since I wasn’t constantly looking at the instructions.
I noticed whenever I knit on autopilot, I switched back to the Russian purling. It got easier as the day went on to purl continental, but it still isn’t automatic. But the biggest challenge I faced all day: the salmon-colored yarn made me crave sushi!
I contemplated ending the scarf early, because the spinning quality degraded the I further got into the ball of yarn. The plying got looser, and the individual singles weren’t as tightly spun either. However both Mike and Peachick #2 suggested I keep going because the scarf’s future recipient won’t notice the different qualities of spinning … but she would definitely notice if the scarf was too short!
I’d love to hear anyone else’s stories about their WWKIP day experience! Please leave a comment below if you have a story to share.