World Wide Knit in Public Day at Spotlight Castle Hill

WOOL YOU JOIN US?: Craft manager Pennie Pollack and long-time knitter Helen Barton from Spotlight Castle Hill will assist budding knitters in store for World Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 10. Picture: Geoff Jones

WOOL YOU JOIN US?: Craft manager Pennie Pollack and long-time knitter Helen Barton from Spotlight Castle Hill will assist budding knitters in store for World Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 10. Picture: Geoff Jones

As time rolled on, so did balls of wool around the world. At some point over the past few years, wool got cool!

Knitting is no longer preserved for grannies, it’s now a popular hobby among younger generations, with hundreds of millennials showing off their creations on social media.

On June 10, tight-knit communities around the country – and the world – will pull out their knitting needles and get their stitch on for World Knit in Public Day.

Locals are invited to Spotlight Castle Hill to unleash their inner creativity for World Knit in Public Day, which is expected to be celebrated in over 57 countries this year.

It began in 2005 as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company, and has now become the largest knitter-run event in the world.

By visiting Spotlight Castle Hill on Saturday, locals can take part in the day of communal stitching. To celebrate the day, the store will be offering free knitting classes to those who have always wanted to learn the craft or just need brushing up on their skills.

“We’re so excited to spread the joy of knitting with the community and teach first-timers everything they need to know to get started,” store manager Andrew Page said.

Knitters have the opportunity to donate their creations to the Guardian Pharmacies’ Guardian Angels program, which, in partnership with St Vincent De Paul, will be distributing knitted garments to those in need.

Knitting enthusiasts, Helen Barton, splits her time between working at the Spotlight Castle Hill store and as a primary school teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes and St Paul the Apostle primary schools.

“I’ve been doing the knitting demonstrations at the store for the past seven years and I absolutely love doing it,” she said. “I love teaching and passing on my skills to others.”

The Winston Hills resident said she learnt the craft from her grandmother when she was 10-years-old.

“My nanna taught me to knit scarfs and I became absolutely consumed by it,” Ms Barton said. “My school teachers would even let me knit in class.”

Ms Barton came from a family of seven siblings and said she would knit jumpers for them every winter.

“I’ve been knitting for more than 50 years now and find it very therapeutic,” she said.

“With all the recent terror incidents happening around the world, World Knit in Public Day provides a safe and friendly environment for people to come together to share their skills and enjoy each other’s company.”

  • 10am-3pm, Saturday, June 10 at Spotlight Castle Hill, 12 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill. Free. Call 8858 8900.
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