Bancroft to host Knit in Public Day June 9
Internationally, two years ago, a woman who liked to knit named Danielle Landes started the annual World Wide Knit In Public Day, using the Internet to help spread
the word. This year, the volunteer event will be celebrated at locations in 20 countries, including Old Colorado City's Bancroft Park.
The date is Saturday, June 9, from noon to 4 p.m. Anybody who likes to knit is welcome to come to the park and join in, said Kathy Cook, the local host. Participation is free. No entertainment is planned and no festivities. “There's no agenda,” she explained. “We're not selling anything.”
She saw Landes' Knit in Public Day website last year, too late to organize anything locally. But this year she reserved Bancroft Park, has talked it up with other knitters and gained the support of Needleworks, a knitting shop across from the park in Old Colorado City.
Although she does not live on the Westside, Cook takes classes and buys yarn at Needleworks, which paid for the park permit. “I like the Westside, and Bancroft is an intimate little park,” she said.
She has no idea how many people will show up. “I'm real curious to find out,” she said. But she won't be surprised if there's a good number. “There's been a huge growth in weaving and spinning,” she observed. “There will be spinners there, I'm sure.”
Those who do come can set up anywhere in Bancroft, preferably near other knitters so they can talk and knit, Cook said.
For anyone thinking about coming, she has a simple message: “Bring fiber and something to eat and see what happens.”
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