Knit Out events create communities of crocheters and knitters

Knit Out events create communities of crocheters and knitters

Plans are underway to make Knit-Out & Crochet 2005, scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd, even bigger and more fun than the 2004 event, which attracted more than 30,000 people to New York’s Union Square Park. Richard Brown, Chairman of the Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA), the yarn industry’s trade association and Knit-Out sponsor, commented, “Every year since 1998, we have expanded our Knit-Out program because people return to learn new crochet and knitting techniques and to see the latest fashions. This year’s program will be rich in education, fashion and fun components.”

While the FREE, one-on-one knit and crochet lessons will continue to be the cornerstone of the fair, new this year will be the Crochet & Knitting Olympics, a series of yarn-related competitions to spark competitive juices in all ages.

There will be a new design contest, following up on last year’s successful first-ever scarf contest. Back by popular demand are the demos, Beyond the Basics technique lessons, fashion shows for people and dogs, and Show & Share segments.

Activities are not limited to adults. Children are invited to take lessons or enjoy the Yarn Make It/Take Table to complete quick, easy projects. Authors and editors will be on hand to meet and greet, as will the “Yarn Doctors,” who will be available to answer crochet and knit questions. All this, plus giveaways, displays, and special events.

“Knit-Outs have brought together communities of crocheters and knitters,” says Brown. “Consumers want to connect to fellow enthusiasts. They cheer and applaud at the Show & Share and wait in serpentine lines for lessons. And they introduce their friends and children to the pleasures of their passion.”

The New York event is just one of dozens of Knit-Out & Crochet events held around the country. The fifth Washington, DC, Knit-Out is scheduled for October 23rd, and others will be posted at the CYCA’s website: as the information becomes available.

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