WorldWide Knit in Public Day 2019 and Sox on the Beach

Saturday 8 June was Worldwide Knit in Public Day. This happens every year and, if you are on IG and other social media, it really is quite a big deal. I decided to plan a meet-up for Sox on the Beach - a crafting group that I co-ordinate - on that day, with a view to having a Pic-Knit on the seafront at Eastbourne. The first week in June should be ok? Right? ….. WRONG!

The day before the event, in spite of all the weather forecasts up to that point, saw high winds and torrential rain. It became clear that knitting outside, on a wildly wet and windy South Coast seafront was not going to be advisable, so the very wonderful, and good friends to Sox on the Beach, Hydro Hotel stepped in and found us a small function room where we could meet, with the added bonus of being able to order food and drinks from the bar. There was NO additional cost involved!

With many events happening all over, and the slight curve ball thrown by the British Weather, I was not expecting the numbers who attend the usual get-togethers. However, 16 valiant knitters found their way to the Hydro and we had a wonderful three hours knitting, nattering, eating and drinking! Everyone is on hand to help, to suggest patterns, to share finished objects (one sweater in particular was tried on by several of the ladies on Saturday!) and even to teach techniques (I was delighted to be able to demonstrate my method of stranded colour work on the purl side of a garment). Arguably it wasn’t quite “in public”, but we had the door open, so the hotel guests and staff could see what we were up to, so I’m taking that as a win 👍

I was excited to see Linda from Kettle Yarns (based just along the coast in Hastings) - I had used one of her exclusive, small batch yarns in one of my cushion designs, so I took it along to show her the finished object. As you can see, I got her seal of approval! I’m such a big fan of this yarn - all British too - that I’m now planning a range of cushions using several of Linda’s beautiful colourways.

Fred - Sock number 2 of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Socks - also made an appearance. Several of the ladies added their five rounds and, in another wonderful display of generosity of spirit, many of the ladies took turns to weave in the rather numerous amount of ends that had accumulated …. [note to future knitters: Please WEAVE IN YOUR ENDS before passing Fred on the to the next knitter!]

There was an overwhelming vote for another Christmas Party, and also another weekend retreat next year, so I guess I’ll have to get on to that! I’m thinking of offering a weaving workshop at the retreat, since lots of the ladies are quite keen to have a go, but I need to get the dates booked in first - the reason there was no retreat this year was that the hotel was completely booked up for September/October 2019 way back in January, so I’m going to get in there a bit more quickly this time! Watch this space and/or follow @soxonthebeachuk on Instagram and Facebook for updates as time goes on.

The friendship and support I have found through Sox on the Beach is simply immeasurable. It is an open, warm, welcoming group, where any genuine lover of knitting, crochet or other fibre arts is made to feel at home. I was not feeling at my best on Saturday morning, but some time spent with this group of friends restored my spirits and, in the words of Marie Kondo, sparked immense joy in my soul.

But don’t you find that Knitters do that? ❤️