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June 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107, Philadelphia
PA 19107
Library Company of Philadelphia

International Knitting Day: Collection Review & Knit – In

Saturday, June 9

World Wide Knit in Public Day is the largest Knitter run event in the world. It started in 2005 and is now celebrated in 57 different countries. This year the Library Company will host its first World Wide Knit in Public Day event on Saturday, June 9 from 10AM-2PM. The Library Company holds a large variety of knitting and crochet patterns and visual material, some of which will be on display during this event. Attendees are welcome to bring their knitting or crochet, sit, and discuss our holdings with Nicole H. Scalessa – author of Historic Reflections in Crochet, curator of “The Hook and the Book,” and Vice President of the Center for Knit and Crochet.


Charles Butler. The American Lady. Philadelphia: Hogan and Thompson, 1836.

The frontispiece of this instructional text of female duties “to be regarded imperative and inevitable” is the earliest known image of a woman knitting in the Library Company’s collection. Heralding the need to elevate the standard of American women, the author suggests that idle hours should be filled with “the useful and elegant arts of female industry.”

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