McKeesport Library -Knit in Public

World Wide Knit in Public DayBetter living through stitching together!

McKeesport Library hosted a Knitting in Public event Saturday June 18th and I drove over the Monongahela River and back to attend.  I’m so glad I did. Everyone was so welcoming. It was a perfect summer day though sitting under the tree in the shade was just right.

I was invited to join the group for a picnic lunch, which was delicious and generous of them to include me.

IMG_0484Jody, visiting family in McKeesport but now living in  Gainesville FL, reads the history of World Wide Knit in Public Day telling the group  how it was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes with just 25 events and now it’s over 850 around the world.”

Jody’s daughter Ellie, going into Fifth grade, was the youngest member of the Knit in Public Event.

IMG_0485Many of the women knit hats, blankets and or shawls for Chemotherapy patients and donate them to several hospitals including Magee and Veterans.They get together throughout the year on Thursdays.

Another Ruth just started knitting but she has crocheted beautiful Butterfly shawls and blankets. Some of the women knit at the  Magee Hospital group which hosted a KIP event today, too. There were events at Mt. Lebanon Library and Steel City Fiber, too.  And if you go to the site, you will see there was KIP in the Arctic Circle, too.

IMG_0504Kim’s two color knitted hat matched both her shirt and pants!


Weaving by Judith G, hostessing the KIP event. The weaving is for a class she’s going to be teaching this summer.IMG_0487

Picnic Lunch- BBQ chipped ham is a Pittsburgh specialty

The library was built in 1902

Architect was William J. East and is a National Historic Landmark



IMG_0521from the front- what a lawn to mow!

One of the women, Pat, mentioned she was on her way to the McKeesport Heritage Center for another event.



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13 thoughts on “McKeesport Library -Knit in Public

  1. Libraries are the best places in the world. Those pictures are fabulous and it sounds like you had a wonderful time.

  2. What a lovely idea. I hadn’t heard about this. I just checked the link you posted and there was a KIP event in my city yesterday. So sorry that I missed it, but will definitely look out for next year. Many thanks for the post. It is always good to learn about something new. Happy knitting to you Ruth.

  3. We also joined the World Knit in Public in McGrgor, South Africa. There were 30+ of us, from the village and beyond. You have inspired this week’s blogpost. Thank you!

  4. Yay for knitting in public! (Though it would be crochet for me.) 🙂 The library looks amazing! I’m a huge fan of libraries, as you know…

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