How did you celebrate Worldwide Knit in Public Day yesterday? Many areas of Paris held events in a range of formality, but my friend Julie and I decided to celebrate La Journ√©e Mondiale du Tricot at the beautiful and centrally-located Palais Royal. The French yarn company Phildar was giving away free needles and yarn, but we were so
overwhelmed by dedicated to our current projects that ‚?? gasp ‚?? we decided to pass on it.
The Palais Royal is located just across the rue du Rivoli from the Louvre Museum. One of many experiments in making contemporary an old royal site (like the Louvre’s pyramids), the courtyard is covered in black- and white-striped columns of various height designed by the contemporary artist Daniel Buren. The little columns made for lovely perching seats for knitting, although I had to work on my posture to save myself from a backache.
To coordinate with our surroundings, a small group of the organizers made a knit Buren column, which I thought was quite lovely (see photo below). Julie is getting closer to finishing the scarf she’s working on for her trip to Iceland this summer, and I almost finished bootee number 17 million. The sun even made an appearance and everyone was in good spirits: strangers talked to each other, friendly little ladies came up to us talking about how they used to knit socks, too… Restores your faith in humanity, to be honest. Ah, the power of knitting!