"Knitting is such a solitary act that it’s easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. Neighbors could spend all their lives never knowing that the other knits. This a specific day to get out of your house and go to a local event (with your knitting in tow) just for you and people like you. Who knows you might even bump into your neighbor! Consider this a spark, to ignite a fire; getting all of the closeted knitters out into fresh air. "
Using knitting as a knowledge sharing community event is intriguing to me; not just because I am an avid knitter who loves to knit in public to encourage conversations about knitting, but also because I love knowledge sharing community events. Growing up in rural northeastern Ohio, my parents would take us to festivals and events of all sizes as a free activity to get out of the house. I remember running around playing tag, begging for the sugary treats from vendor booths and the heaven of finding free samples, and (most importantly as a parent) having a hard time keeping my eyes open on the way home. But I also remember walking through craft booths and farm stands, marveling at the demonstrations, studying the artisan works, and seeing new ways to DIY.
I often say that my learned sustainable living behavior was really frugality; my parents chose to raise four kids on one salary. We shopped at thrift stores, recycled and reused, and consumed the basics because we didn't have much money. But I was never really aware that we didn't have money. I was instead taught that money can't buy what matters: people, family, and being intelligent. In that way, knowledge sharing community events are intriguing.
So, for Knit in Public Day, think about the importance of these types of events. If you look at any literature for improving the economic, environmental or social components of any community, advocates emphasize starting with education: outreach and awareness. Meetings. Knowledge fairs.
"A knowledge share fair is a buzzing, interactive and collaborative workspace, with lively discussions and practical demonstrations. There are facilitated sessions to learn how others have improved the effectiveness and quality of their work, and opportunities for networking, allowing people to connect and link ideas as well as exchanging opinions in a natural way and relaxed setting. A share fair is not a goal in itself, but the beginning of a process. It will create new partnerships; new exchanges between people that would like to work together, in a different way." - FAO UN
If you want to affect change, and advocate sustainable and simple living, I encourage you to knit in public or start with sharing information in an interactive, kid exhausting, treat tasting, informative way!