Knitters taking it to the world

Purler pastime . . . Dunedin Creative Fibre group committee members Ailsa Clague (left) and Keri Smith will be on hand at the Dunedin City Library on Saturday for Knit in Public Day. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

Keen knitters across the globe will take their knitting needles and wool into public spaces today for World Wide Knit in Public Day.

To mark the day, and celebrate the joy of knitting, members of Dunedin’s Creative Fibre group will gather in the ground floor lounge area of the Dunedin City Library today, from 11am to 1pm.

Creative Fibre group members Keri Smith and Ailsa Clague will be part of the gathering today, and are looking forward to being able to share their knowledge while working on their own weaving and knitting projects.

“We would love for any knitters out there to come and join us for a couple of hours, or perhaps people may have problems with their knitting they would like advice on,” Ms Smith said.

The largest knitter-run event in the world, World Wide Knit in Public Day involves local volunteers coming together to showcase the joys of knitting as a pastime.

In 2017, there were 1125 Knit In Public events held in 54 countries.

Both Ms Smith and Mrs Clague have been knitting, weaving and enjoying fibre art for decades, and enjoy being part of the Creative Fibre group.

“Knitting can be quite meditative and is good for mindfulness – when you are knitting you are in the moment,” Mrs Clague said.

Knitting and fibre art were also sustainable pastimes, as wool could be reused in a wide variety of ways – from re-knitting to making felted bags.

The Creative Fibre group has 32 members, who like to work in a range of styles.

The group supports Dunedin organisations Pregnancy Help and Dunedin Women’s Refuge Te Whare Pounamu with knitting.

Creative Fibre meets for social spin and knit sessions on the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 10am to 2pm, at the Dunedin Gasworks Museum.

The group also meets at the Gasworks Museum on the third Saturday of each month, from 10am to 2pm.

Dunedin knitters can also take part in a second World Wide Knit in Public Day event today (Saturday, June 9) – knitters will also gather in the foyer of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery from 10.30am to 12.30pm.