Sunday, June 17, 2012

Just When You Thought You'd Seen It All

Saturday was International Knit in Public Day (IKIPD).  No, I did not make that up.  It really exists.  So, being the good little knitters that we are,  my knitting group decided we should knit in public.  But wait, don't we do that already?  Of course we do, but apparently some people are closet knitters and keep it a deep dark secret, like it's some kind of  weird affliction.  So, somewhere along the line someone decided it was time to get the knitters of the World out of the closet, and show the planet that this isn't a dirty little secret.  KNITTING IS NOT FOR GRANDMOTHERS ANYMORE.   Okay, yes, a lot of knitters are grandmothers, but a lot of knitters are also teenagers, or twenty-somethings.  Oh, and a lot of knitters are men!  You heard me - MEN.  And, believe it or not, a lot of those men are straight male knitters.  And a lot of the female knitters are lesbians, or lawyers, or both.  Knitters do not fit any category.  We are young and old.  We are of all ethnic groups.  We are of many religions, or no religion at all.   We are on every continent.  Beware the knitter - we are everywhere!

A couple of months ago my knitting group, decided we should get together for IKIPD.  We haven't done this in the past and thought it was time, even though we all knit in public on a regular basis.  We're kind of rebels that way.   We knit in coffee shops and restaurants.  We knit in hospitals and office buildings and in courthouses.   I spent  two hours knitting in a cemetery when I was visiting my Mom right before Memorial Day.  We knit in airplanes and on buses and trains.  We knit in parks.  We knit everywhere.  I don't think anyone in my group goes anywhere without taking a project or two with them, because you just never know.  I've been sitting in my car waiting for help with a flat tire, or an overheated radiator, and was glad to have my knitting with me.   Friday night I spent almost seven hours in the ER with my father-in-law (he's doing well, thank you) and was happy I had my knitting along.    

Okay, so how does this tie in with The Lake?  Well, an on-line yarn shop was having a sale recently, and as I was checking it out I ran across something interesting.   A couple of years ago our LYS (local yarn shop) owner had a brand of sock yarn called Wisdom Yarns, who had a line of sock yarn called Marathon Socks.  They had yarns named after several of the big marathons around the country, like New York and Boston.   Apparently they did a series based on the Twin Cities Marathon, and when I looked at the colorways,  I noticed one was, are you ready, LAKE NOKOMIS.   I ordered it right then and there, along with Hennepin and Minnehaha, then I sent a call out to all the other members of the group and let them know about the yarn, and that we should all knit with the Lake Nokomis yarn at Lake Nokomis on IKIPD.   And we did.

Here's the ball band showing the name and the colorway of the yarn.

See, I kid you not - Lake Nokomis!

 This is Kate, JoAn, Tamara & Cara.  See the blue stripy yarn?  Lake Nokomis! 

And, this is an embarrassed Kimberly being carried by her loving husband, Aeton.  Kimberly was in the hospital for a couple of days, and not being one to miss a knitting event, made Aeton bring her down to the lake on their way home from the hospital!  We all have our priorities.  Kimberly couldn't bear weight on her foot, so Aeton gallantly carried her down to where we were sitting. 

 We also got Aeton to take a group picture with the Lake Nokomis sign in the background. 
Wish the rest of the group could have joined us - we missed you all!
You just never know what you'll see at The Lake!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your pictures. it was a fun day. Thank you for arranging it,too, Lisa. I love this group!