the PinkU Hanami Party...
Even though we don't have Cherry Blossom Time here in Chicagoland, I have extreme Hanami Envy. In Japan, during the *opening season* of the flowering trees, people gather together under the flowering glory in parks everywhere and have picnics!
Over the last couple of years, most of the knitters I know have wanted to get together OUTSIDE and get their knit on. Being an inveterate public knitter myself, I know how much fun it is to hang out in a public place and stitchit. Lots of my lunch breaks are spent sitting in the sun (even if I'm indoors) in a Public Place and knitting with the People. On ANY given work day, you will find me on the #66 Bus, wailing away on some WIP or another, all the time soaking up the vibe of the city-in-motion. It never fails to inspire me.
Chicagoland is chock FULL of places and events that would be a natural for this. So while I was studying this weekend, trying to hone my CSS & XHTML skills, just for the fun of it, I put together a little page to catch this idea and run with it:
Here you will find listings of events and places that might be of interest to you as a person who likes to KnitInPublic! You can use the comments section to perhaps hook up with other folks who might be attending said event. It is just starting up and has just a few listings right now, but I'll be adding more as I find them. Please send me any suggestions/events from the greater Chicagoland Area and I'll put them in! :)
I also included a list of Local Chicagoland Yarn stores. (If you have a link and are not on there - let me know...)
Coming Up: still looking for a cool, big page calendar script that I could run on a page that you would see the links in the day blocks. Working On: a list of local area knitting groups - send me your link if you have one :)