Last year, we received a thank you for knitting on the sidewalk. It read, “Dear Ladies, We drove by your shop Thursday last. A splendid day–seeing a group sitting in a circle chatting & knitting away was such a pleasurable and “homey” sight. Thank you for putting a smile on our faces! Warm wishes.” Knitting in public isn’t new. Men and women have taken their craft on to the sidewalk for centuries, but the recent revival has nothing to do with making a living and everything to do with making a statement. A statement about slowing down life, creating communities and preserving communities, enjoying a connection with fiber and partaking in the joy of producing fabric by hand. June 9th is World Wide Knit in Public Day, and we’ll be knitting, crocheting, and spinning on the sidewalk in Bethlehem. We will be starting a yarn-bombing project for Summerfest in Bethlehem, so if you have acrylic yarn you’d like to donate, or you want to get involved drop by or contact me at 869-2600. See you on the sidewalk this summer.
Paula Herbert is a former 8th grade English teacher and yarn shop owner. She has opened her second shop, LYS, and is enjoying the company of fellow knitters, crocheters, spinners, and fiber artists.