Sunday, June 11, 2006

Kippers, anyone?

They came out of their homes, back rooms and cafes to wield their sticks with pride in public. Who are they? Some three dozen Chicago area knitters celebrating the "2nd Annual World Wide Knit in Public Day" in the warm sunshine of Millennium Park.

With the sounds of falling water and laughing children splashing in the Faces Fountain as our backdrop, we gabbed with old friends and new, we fondled each others works in progress and marveled over the skill and beautiful yarn.

Julie, Theresa, Michelle and a cast of dozens

Brenda J. and friends

For a few moments, it was as if we were performance artists on display much as any of the other exhibits in this open air expanse between Michigan Avenue and the lakefront. Tourists stopped, asked what was afoot and stood off to the side to snap pix of knitters openly doing what they do.

Bonne Marie and Rachel

Lynette O.

And the future of the craft seems secure, as this young man proudly shows his scarf in progress.

While Ellie is still a bit young to grasp the signifigance (or the sticks), her mother Mary will make sure this knitter-to-be carries on the KIP.


Blogger Lynette said...

it was great meeting you! i'll contact you to see when we can meet.

6/11/2006 04:21:00 PM  
Blogger Sister Madness said...

What?? Nary a mention of your now-famous televised hands, a-workin' away on those fabulous sox??? (Hook 'Em Horns!)

6/11/2006 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

What fun!

6/11/2006 06:55:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

So sorry I missed it! This time next year I'll be living in Chicago, so I'll definitely join you then!

6/11/2006 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Cool pix! love seeing KIP day Chicago style!

6/12/2006 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Mary and Ellie said...

Great to meet you, Karen! You're right about Ellie's destiny, too. Thanks for such great photos! (And thanks for the link, too...better get some knitting content up there. ;-o )

6/12/2006 08:38:00 AM  
Blogger Bonne Marie said...

FUN in the SUN - the KIP was a blast! I think the City should reserve that spot for us forever...

Great seeing you in the Wild!

6/12/2006 08:50:00 AM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Thanks all! It was great fun and turned out to be a beautiful day in the park.

6/12/2006 09:11:00 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

It was nice knitting with you! :)

I'm Michelle...I'm in the picture from the top, sitting next to Theresa, wearing an orange top.

6/12/2006 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

Looks like it was a great time - unfortunately I was out of the town for the weekend - hopefully I can join you all next year! :)

6/12/2006 09:51:00 PM  
Blogger dragonflypurity said...

aww...can't believ eI missed it. Maybe I can come next year when I polished my knitting skills !! :)

6/16/2006 04:22:00 PM  

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