Knitting is back.
New Westminster's community knitting group, Knit 1, Take 2, is planning to show that in style by celebrating its secondary anniversary and Knit In the Park Day on Sunday, Sept. 18 in Queen's Park.
"When we started the group, we had no idea it would grow so quickly," said Steve Malcolm, co-leader of the group, in a press release. "At our initial meeting, we had more people than could fit in the meeting room. We are celebrating our anniversary by knitting in the park to show the public how mainstream knitting has become."
The Knit in the Park event will run from noon to 4 p.m. near the covered picnic area. Anyone is welcome to join - knitters can bring along a picnic lunch, chairs or blanket and, of course, their knitting.
Knit 1, Take 2 was started in 2009 by three knitters who worked in the film industry and wanted to share their love of knitting.
The group's motto is Knit. Laugh. Learn. Share.
Anne Whitmore, co-leader of the group, says she's enjoyed seeing how people bond over knitting.
"I am amazed at how our community creates connections between people who live in the same area but wouldn't have known each other," she said. "We have members who have lost family members, survived personal illness, lost jobs and found new ones, or gotten married. We even have a member who had a baby. This is what community life is about. We meet over knitting. We connect about life."
Knit 1, Take 2 meets weekly at the Waves Coffee House at Columbia and Begbie streets. For more information, see www.knit1take2.com.