knitting day a real purler

Dunedin knitters flocked to the Otago museum on Saturday to show off their skills and attract new fans.

The event was for Worldwide Knit in Public Day, which was launched in 2005 as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company.

The museum’s program and events coordinator, Rachel MacJeff, said the museum held a wide variety of activities to celebrate the occasion.

There were knitting tutorials, pom-pom activities, wiring workshops, and an area where people could sit and work on their projects.

The Taieri Spinners and Weavers club had set up a workstation showing the work of its members and Knit World was running knitting classes for beginners.

A range of large knitted animal sculptures were on display at the museum in the Animal Attic as part of an exhibition by local artist Michele Beevors.

Ms Beevors would be at the museum to discuss her work later today, she said.

Knit World manager Shalini Mani was at the museum teaching beginners how to do their very first stitch.

She said it was amazing how many young people were interested in trying knitting.

The growth of the Internet has made it easier than ever for users to get started, as they can search for video tutorials and learn the basics from home.

Many people have become addicted after getting their first stitches.

Although many models are available for free on the internet, many people have visited the store in Dunedin to buy hard copies.

Dorothy Howard celebrated the day for the first time with her daughter, Sally-Ann Howard.

Dorothy said she’s been knitting since she was “knee-high for a grasshopper”.

The 84-year-old started in kindergarten and spent time knitting professionally.

She was working on squares for a blanket, and it would take her about 20 to make the finished product.

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