Saturday 18 June was World Wide Knit in Public Day and also the first birthday of the Bath Knitting & Crochet Guild. To mark the occasion we held a knitting and crochet extravaganza at the Boston Tea Party cafe… and it was FABULOUS!
It was wonderful to see familiar faces and meet new friends – there were about 50 crafters there, proud to show off their skills in public. Most of the other cafe patrons were intrigued by our group and what we were doing, although there were a couple of puzzled looks too.
To start the day off we held a craft pub quiz – in teams of up to five, participants had an array of knitting and crochet related questions to answer… and there were some tricky questions! The competition ended in a tiebreaker with the team ‘Knit 4 Together’ emerging as the winner. Thanks to Carmen from A Yarn Story for creating the quiz.
Next up was the fastest knitter competition. Entrants each had 15 stitches on 4mm needles using a DK or 4-ply weight yarn and three minutes to knit as much as they could! Our winner on the day was Anne, with 3.5 cm of work created.
Something everyone can have a go at is untangling a twisted up ball of yarn, and this was our next contest (getting the materials ready for this one was harder than we imagined!). Contestants each had a tangled up length of yarn to undo, and then wind up into a small ball. In a few short minutes Sue had managed the tricky task.
Even though it was World Wide Knit in Public Day we were embracing crocheting in public too, and the next event was for those who prefer hooks to needles. The fastest crocheter competitors had the same length of yarn each and whoever used up the yarn in the shortest amount of time was the winner. There was some strategic use of stitches here, although most utilised a chain… and this turned out to be a good choice by our winner, Lucy.
We also had a raffle to raise funds for future Bath Knitting & Crochet Guild events, and Harriet was the winner of the afternoon tea at the Pump Room.
Thank you to everyone who came along and made the day such a success, and to our sponsors (A Yarn Story, Searcy’s, and the Fashion Museum) who donated such an amazing array of prizes and to Boston Tea Party for hosting us.