Knit in Public Day: Characters Welcome

Did you enjoy Knit in Public Day today?  🙂

I think I could’ve gotten away with calling this post, “You’re Doing it Wrong.” I’d just be poking fun at myself for how I spent my Knit in Public Day…

I really didn’t have a knitting project in mind today…so I’ve got to get on that. I took my wheel and my knitting stuff though, just in case.  Greenbank Mill was hosting the event so I went over there to see what was happening.  I already knew that a lot of the fiber folks in the area were going to attend Separation Day.  But, I did find a few VIP’s…

Meet Heather.  Heather is one of the members of the FiberGuild.  Today, when I arrived, I was second behind Heather.  So we went around back to the Dye Garden where she began cleaning up some of the weeds that had developed.

Heather is a dyer.  She says it’s a lot like making tea. 🙂  She showed me a few of the herbs that had been planted…the ones that had gotten territorial and some of the others that were her favorites for dyeing.  The ones she had to clip today would be able to be used later in the year.

Greenbank Mill actually has more than one Herb Garden.  There’s a section for medicine and cooking as well.  The idea is to get workshops in to tell people how to use them.  People exactly like me…dumb as doorknobs when it comes to herbs.  Thanks in advance!

One thing is for sure though.  I can understand why you all love to take photos in your gardens…Peacefulness and beauty abounds. 🙂

After taking a few shots, I asked Heather if she wanted some help with the weeding.  I am a volunteer there now and it made sense to me to learn some more about the processes they do at the Mill to keep it going.  She was happy to have me. “You’re one of us now.”  Thanks Heather!!

While she was getting me all geared up, she showed me one their rams long past. Oliver.

He died a natural death.  But it seems he was a little meany! See how hard-headed he is? LOL!  (I know, I know 🙂 )

But, just as we were about to get back to the garden, some folks arrived ready for the day.  And just that quick…

Heather switched into another gear to show some folks how to spin.

Among them was Cheryl, the younger sister of Diane.

I think Cheryl is the extrovert here…When I asked them if they’d mind if I took some hand portraits of what they were doing, while everyone was all bashful, Cheryl said, “You can take my picture!”  LOL! I can’t say Diane’s a chump though…When I said I wanted a sister, they both told me that I could find someone that didn’t have one and adopt her.  When I told them I almost had one, but that she can be a little bossy at times, Diane is the one that said, “If she’s the older sister, she has the right to be bossy!” Yes, ma’am! LOL!

One hubby, waiting for his wife, learned to spindle too.

Not bad, huh?

Well, Heather popped up not long after getting them started to do tours for other visitors showing up.  I shadowed her on one.  But for the most part, I hung around while folks were coming in.  And I got to meet some other folks.  Some I had seen before, but hadn’t met personally.  Like Flo.

She will tell you anything you want to know about the history of the Civil War or the Revolutionary War.  “Get me started and I’m good for four hours!”

She was so passionate about her view on the Civil War, I had to take her photo.  “I’m not proud of that period of our history, but it is our history and people need to know what happened! How will they know how far we’ve come?”

And she’s SO animated when she tells it!!

In between time, she was knitting on some socks.  Can you see the blue, white and red at the top of the sock she’s knitting? She told me that made it a Chester County Sock.  It’s one of the ways Chester County Confederate soldiers identified their own.  Don’t worry, there are patterns for Union soldiers socks too.  I suppose when re-enactors really want to tell the story, they do it big!

Another knitter, there sitting next to Flo in the above photo, made a sock that was a little more my speed.

Oh yeah.  I’d rock that sock! 🙂

And guess who else showed up?  Natalie!

Her Babe was working mighty fine today! Look at that bobbin candy!

Now, whenever she starts spinning, she splits her fiber and the wind gets going on it, lol!

I told her we were not going to call her singles laceweight anymore.  They were going to be whispy weight!

By the time 2:00 rolled around, Boy Child was calling me about negotiating another two bucks for babysitting due to Girl Child’s newest antics (…which included projectiles).  So, it was time to go.  I came and I had fun.  It was a great day!

Oh! I suppose you want to know what I did today?  Meh.  I did a little of this and a little of that…

I played paparazzi with Heather.

I spindled a bit with Cheryl and Diane.

I listened on and watched as Flo knit on socks and spun us a few yarns on the history of the war efforts.

And I joked around, classified a new spinning weight and spun with Natalie.

In short…I had a blast!

So, yeah…I was doing it wrong. 😉

I hope you had a great Knit in Public Day!


  1. You still had a blast though! These photos tell such a great story. As for me, I did not knit or even think of knitting today. In celebration of the last day of school for the kids (Fri), I gardened. Yes ma’am. And it felt good!

    BTW, your son is your twin!!! You both have a fantastic smile. 🙂

    • Thanks! I know! It was fun! How can you being doing it wrong when you’re having fun, right? 🙂

      I keep hearing that about him! When he was first born, he looked just like his dad. As he gets older, he looks more like me. Girl Child did the opposite. She looked just like me when she was born and now looks like her dad! Go figure.

  2. You sound as if you did the day RIGHT!

  3. Oh darn, I didn’t know about Knit in Public Day.

    That is fascinating about the Civil War socks being markers of where a soldier was from.

    • Well, I only know when I start seeing the signs for it posted everywhere on the web and at the shops that sell yarn. And it’s annual, so all is not lost. 🙂 Now, this is the first time where I’ve seen that it last a week…The link that I showed reads that KIP is all week…So, in that respect, you didn’t miss it at all!

      I know!! I never really was all that interested in history. But, you throw a little knitting in there and all of a sudden, I’m all ears!

  4. grayseasaylor says:

    Thanks for taking me along on your day, Stacey! I did not know it was KIP day and was busy finishing crocheting a scarf for a friend. Thanks for all the informative links! I think you are on your way to writing a book [that I would buy and enjoy reading 🙂 And your photos of folks are beautiful character studies!]

    • Hey Gracie! I’m glad you enjoy my posts about Greenbank Mill! It’s a really lovely place. 🙂 That’s a great idea for Greenbank Mill to do. I’d love to read a book on the people of Greenbank Mill (past and present, actually)!

  5. These photos are awesome! I would have loved to hear about Civil War – of course we learn about it in school, but I think it is different if youre are told by somebody who is really, really interested in it and knows a lot.
    All in all, it sounds like you had a fantastic day! I love the last picture – you look incredibly happy. 😀 Thank you so much for sharing it with us! I have wondered so often how you look by now … And you’re so beautiful. Have an awesome sunday! 😀

    • I did have a fantastic day!! Any time I get to spin, I get really happy. Like a little kid or something, lol!

      I could barely pay attention in history classes. I know, I know….so bad. But, I just wasn’t interested. This knitting and spinning, and being with friends while doing it, makes it more palatable to me though. 🙂

      Thanks for the compliments!! I hope your Sunday was awesome too!

      • I had to smile so broadly when I read about your history classes … When I was in 7th and 8th grade, I loathed history, too. Our teacher wasn’t the least bit motivated, and she only made us read the stupid text book text by text … It was so boring that you really expected yourself to be at least three years older when the lesson was over. :mrgreen:

        I did love to read history novels, though; tons and tons about the middle ages. And when I started university six years ago, I learned how interesting ANYTHING can be if the person teaching it is devoted to the subject. 😀

  6. flowerpotdesigns says:

    Happy knit in public day! Looks like you had a great day!

  7. Looks like a fun day! We saw some people knitting in public in the atrium at the Museum of American Art in DC on Saturday. I wanted to stop and join them, but our parking meter was about to expire! Oh well. I knit in public. In the car:)

  8. carpelibrum says:

    I am jealous! We had a day of rain and wind so knitting outside in public was not an option. I’m glad you had such a beautiful day though!

    • Ohhh, I’m sorry it rained on your KIP. But, according to that link, KIP is all week so, you may still have time yet! June 9-June17 you can KIP to celebrate World Wide KIP day. 🙂

      • carpelibrum says:

        YAY! I had thought that it ended up the 9th, not started. I have my knit night in a local coffee shop tomorrow so I will be KIPing it up!

      • carpelibrum says:

        Hurray! I thought that the end was on the 9th for some reason. We’re due to get some sun here and I will definitely be KIPing this week!

      • Yes!! I hope you take some pics to share. 🙂

  9. What a great day! I just love your garden shots, and the great ‘people moments.’ So sweet. Maybe we should move to Delaware…? 🙂

  10. Your pictures are fantastic. Combined with your wonderful writing, they make me feel like I spent the day with you. I just loved this!! How fun!!

  11. Craftie Allie says:

    What a great post. Wish I had been there!

    Also, your photographs are fantastic. I’ve always loved when you showed up on my dashboard. Now I get to enjoy your work here, as well. 😃

    • Awwww…thanks Allie! 🙂 Yeah, I was getting too talkative there…had to bring that tendency to a chattier platform, lol!

      I am loving that entrelac scarf you are working on. Been admiring that since you started it. The colors are just beautiful!

  12. I hated history class in high school. It was so stupid. A 500 year old teacher made everyone read part of a page all day long every day. It was just to improve some kids reading skills. Let me tell you I did not need to be in that class! I am reading a book now that is so sad and horrible I can hardly stand it. It is called The Color Of Lightning by Paulette Jiles. I knew not to start reading this book! It starts out in 1863 just as the War Between the States is winding down. I read things I never needed to know about. And the worst thing of all is the fact that I realized at some point that I have read this book before! I have never ever accidentally read a book twice. It is only vagely familiar but I know that I have read it even though I can’t remember exactly what happens. So now I want to finish it too see what happens. I can’t tell you about it or it will spoil in case you want to read it. Or anyone else. Beware there is some heartbreaking, horrible things in it, not war stuff but Indian raids.

    A friend of mine is moving and she let me look through her books and take some. One that I got was about spinning! Didn’t have many color pictures though so it wasn’t nearly as exciting as your site. It didn’t really motivate me to want to spin. As if I need another hobby anyway!

    • LOL!! I’m SO glad that reading my blog is more entertaining than a history book! 🙂 I read a lot of fiction when I was younger. I loved it and I need to get back into that…But, so far, for the past few years, I can only bring myself to look at photos in crafts books, lol!


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