“Flash-mob” knit­ters on River

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Front Page - By Dou­glas Hallman for Moose Jaw Ex­press

One day a year, those who knit and cro­chet come out of their homes, liv­ing rooms and par­lours to knit in pub­lic. This year, Moose Jaw knit­ters gath­ered at the farm­ers’ mar­ket on River Street, where a tent draped in col­or­ful afghans pro­tected par­tic­i­pants from a healthy wind. Elaine Ba­con, one of the knit­ters, was can­did in her re­marks about this pub­lic dis­play. “It’s the flash-mob of knit­ting.” Oth­ers piggy-backed on her com­ment: “We do some hook­ing” and “This makes River Street the ap­pro­pri­ate venue.” The “hook­ing” was in ref­er­ence to the craft of cro­chet­ing. None­the­less, there were ex­hi­bi­tion­ists in­volved, and to sit with the group was to en­joy its hu­mor. “World Wide Knit­ting in Pub­lic Day” be­gan in 2005 and it is cel­e­brated in Europe, Aus­tralia, South Africa and Asia. It is the largest “knit­ter run” event in the world. Th­ese dis­plays are hosted by vol­un­teer groups, and there are no sales in­volved. Moose Jaw is cur­rently the only city in Saskatchewan that marks this oc­ca­sion. In the ad­vance pub­lic­ity, knit­ters are in­formed of what to ex­pect and what to bring. “Knit, chat, show and share and try for a prize in the Knit-A-Row con­test. Bring a chair and your knit­ting, any fin­ished knit­ted items for Tran­si­tion House and/or any un­wanted yarn for scraps. Bring your own pat­terns and swap at our swap shop.” Adri­enne Forsyth, owner of the Stitcher’s Nook at 50 Stada­cona St. W. or­ga­nized the event. “Par­tic­i­pants bring along what­ever hand­made things they want. It’s about get­ting out, do­ing some­thing to­gether that we love, learn­ing from each other, and let­ting oth­ers know how en­joy­able th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties can be,” she said. Forsyth was pleased with the turnout and the help she re­ceived. “The folks at the farm­ers’ mar­ket have been great. They wel­comed us and pro­vided space. Apart from the wind, which was a bit of a chal­lenge, we couldn’t be hap­pier with the re­sults.”

Dawna Matthews, Terri and Ilse Florkiewicz, Diana Trodd, Elaine Ba­con

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