Most people have likely never heard of it – the World Wide Knit in Public Day.
I hadn’t either, until our fearless leader of Cordelia’s Knitters, Arlene Sachitano, mentioned it. Sounds a bit risqué, don’t you think? As opposed to – what? Knitters of the world – come out of your closets! What with all your yarn, much of it being un-balled and jumbled by pets also making a knitter’s house a cozy home. How many readers know whether or not their neighbor might be a closet knitter?
But NO! This is an actual event, knitters coming out in public around the world on June eight annually. This year there were participants knitting in thirty-three countries around the globe, organized to put a spotlight on incredible knitters, beginners to life timers. The value of knitting, in an era when most of our worn goods are easily created and sold commercially, is easily forgotten. Just a few short years or generations ago, if you didn’t knit, you and or your household might go cold. Necessity become art is a wonderful reality in our community, thanks in part to the Latimer Quilt and Fiber Arts Center.
We, Cordelia’s Knitters, met, courtesy of the Tillamook Creamery, to celebrate the occasion. Men and women, knitters of all sizes, ages 10 to 89, plied our needles in a group of nearly thirty who sat around two tables. A wool spinner, a knitting machine, a knitter of jewelry cum wire, among those working their art. Our theme for the day, Saturday from ten AM to two PM, was “Pass the Hat.” Many arrived with a hat begun at home, to be worked on for a set amount of time by each knitter, as suggested by Arlene’s phone random numbers app, then passed to our left door neighbor for a new set time, each adding their unique touch to a hat that will be finished at home, some of which will be donated to the “Hat Ministry” for the homeless in Portland.
A former local knitter had made it her aim to knit one hundred hats for the homeless annually. When she developed cancer and in 2018 passed on to her eternal home, Cordelia’s group took up where she left off. These many hats, along with blankets and other hand-made items specifically created for the homeless are picked up annually in November. A festive day is hosted by the Bethel Baptist Church as many hands turn over their creations to be used by the Portland Rescue Mission.
In this group, Cordelia’s Knitters, are many fabulous knitters, with some of their artistic outlets being available at the Latimer Quilt and Fiber Arts Center. As well, amazing entries are annually displayed and judged in the Tillamook County Fair. A coveted honor is a Blue Ribbon!
Creamery visitors stopping by our knitters were given a coupon for free admission to the Latimer, otherwise a $4.00 admission, $3.00 for seniors and students.
A fun filled day was had by all, along, of course, with Creamery goodies that many of us could not resist.
Knitters of the World – come out, come out for next year’s Knit in Public Day! Meanwhile, visit the Latimer, easily found by turning (East) from Hwy 101 (Fred Meyer) onto Wilson River Loop, watch for the small sign directing you North to 2105. You are likely to meet neighbors!