KIPping in Amsterdam

Yesterday was WWKIPD, or, if you didn’t know, World Wide Knit in Public Day.  Our little intrepid band of Monday night knitters organized a picnic/BBQ in the Westerpark in Amsterdam.  There were people there that I didn’t know at all, and some I’d only met before online, plus the usual suspects from our Stitch ‘n Bitch group, PLUS a couple of my colleagues came!   It’s always so interesting to see colleagues in their native habitat.

What a great day it was!  Andy, of course, beat me to punch and posted all my favorite photos (MY photos too, you thief! :-)) so you’ll just have to put up with seeing them again here.

Luckily the weather cooperated.  I actually came home sunburned on my shoulders and neck and I really tried to sit in the shade most of the day.  I also came home with really sore hips and knees from sitting indian style ALL DAY.  Ugh!  I’m too old for that!  N. was smart and brought her own chair, while Marjan just moved around a lot to be comfortable:

 

Marjan and Nancy
Marjan and Nancy

Several people were learning to drop spin from Chris.  It looked really hard.  

We tried to help my Colleague, D. relearn knitting, but she’s left handed and the only one who could seem to wrap their head around that and actually help her was Malia.  Here’s Andy, trying to help.  They are both from Texas.  They nodded at each other knowingly when talking about certain neighborhoods they both knew.  It’s really a small world.

I finally got a look at C.’s amazing Sea Tangles sweater.  She started out making it with the stainless steel/silk yarn that the pattern calls for, but had so much trouble with it that she ended up adding an extra thread of silk to it.  It’s really beautiful.

Dagmar and Malia had a drawing and gave away Penelope Craft “door” prizes.  

 

Dagmar & Malia
Dagmar & Malia

I think that at the high point there were 20 people there.  I thought there might be more, but this was kind of the perfect number.  Here’s the group in the morning, the early arrivers:

And we had more food than we could all eat.  It was a perfect day and we all want to do it again this summer – maybe in August.  I think we’ll have to be kind of spur of the moment to catch a day with good weather.

Oh, by the way, we have a new Group on Ravelry for our Amsterdam Central Stitch ‘n Bitch group.  The link is here.

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