June 12, three organizations are taking over Junction Square (2945 Dundas St West at Pacific) to not only brazenly knit in public, but to try to break the Guinness World Record for most knitters in one place at one time! The event is the brainchild of Michelle Van Looy of That’s Women’s Work, who teamed up with Mary Breen of Wise Daughters this spring to set the ball (of yarn) rolling. Because Wise Daughters is already associated with Streetknit, a non-profit that collects handknit woollies for Toronto’s homeless, collaboration among all three partners was perfect. Participants will be encouraged to donate what they knit (that day, or anytime) to Streetknit. Wise Daughters is a drop-off point for donations of woollies, yarn and needles. Streetknit meets the last Tuesday of each month at the shop for a lovely evening of knitting and chatting all year round.
So come to Junction Square Sat, June 12 between 1 – 4 with a lawn chair, some needles and yarn. Be part of history! Enjoy entertainment, refreshments and prizes. If you don’t know how to knit, you can take a free beginner class on the spot. The count for the world record will take place at 3 pm, so please come early to register.
To find out more about the Junction Guinness World Record attempt, visitwww.wisedaughters.com or www.thatswomenswork.com. To learn about Streetknit, visitwww.streetknit.ca. And for more information about what’s happening globally to celebrate Worldwide Knit in Public Day, visit www.wwkipday.com.