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Interested in knitting and crocheting to benefit others like newborn babies, cancer patients and veterans?

If so, grab your knitting needles and/or crochet hook and yarn and take part in World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 13 at Panera Bread at Providence MarketPlace in Mt. Juliet.

WWKiP Day, the largest craft event in the world, will be celebrated this year at Panera Bread locations throughout Middle Tennessee. Sponsored by “Knit and Crochet TN,” the organizers invite both knitters and crocheters to come and stitch from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, while enjoying free coffee and sweets provided by Panera Bread at Providence.

No reservations are necessary, just show up with yarn and needles/hooks in hand, and enjoy the fellowship with like-minded friends.

Marge Mann, a resident of Lake Providence in Mt. Juliet and an organizer of the event, said she was a member of knitting and crocheting group in Gallatin when she lived there.

She noted that many of the area groups are dedicating their talents to making items for local charities. They make matching blankets and hats for every baby delivered at Metro General Hospital at Meharry Medical School, they make attractive hats for patients who have lost their hair due to chemo treatments, lap robes for wheelchair-bound veterans, hats and scarves for the Nashville Rescue Mission, prayer shawls for residents in local nursing homes and more.

“Knit and Crocket TN” is a group of local needle workers who are dedicated to providing knitters and crocheters of Tennessee with information on area groups, special events, educational opportunities and charitable needs in the community.  WWKiP Day was started in 2005 with 25 events around the world. In 2008, there were 800 events, and more than 1,000 are planned for 2009.

WWKiP Day is not exclusive to knitting, it is open to crocheting, too. While the origin of the name denotes that it’s all about knitting, over the years it has become an inclusive event for all fiber crafts. WWKiP Day is really about showing the general public that knitting and crocheting can be a community activity in a very distinct way. 

Local needle workers may either become a part of a group or drop off their completed items and excess yarn at local yarn shops. The “Knit Happy Yarn Shop” in the Shiloh Center on Lebanon Road in Old Hickory accepts your donations. For a complete listing of area locations, visit www.knitandcrochettn.com or call Deborah Stillwell at (615) 579-1857 or Mann at 758-6225. 

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