WWKIP DAY IN HARLEM: KNITTING CONDOM AMULETS
HARLEM KNITTING CIRCLE, led by its founder, Njoya, will participate in WWKIP (Worldwide Knitting in Public Day) on Saturday, June 14, 2008.
The event occurs at the HKC's regular time -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and place-- the George Bruce Public Library, 518 West 125th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue) in New York City, participants will learn more about special techniques and styles around the idea of “Knit or Crochet a Condom Amulet.”
Naomi Dagen Bloom has been creating these amulets for the past three years as an awareness project to encourage Safe Sex and raise consciousness about HIV/AIDS. During the event, she will teach two techniques--Double knitting to make a seamless Condom Amulet and an Easy Lace Stitch. Participants are encouraged to bring leftover yarn and needles that will work with that--and a snack to share.
Everyone is encouraged to do variations of the the five patterns on this site as well as create their own. Numerous ones grace the Condom Amulet's group page at the Ravelry site if you are a member there. Even one that looks like a mushroom!
Harlem Knitting Circle honors Iris House www.irishouse.org in Harlem, a center for women living with HIV/AIDS.
photo: Lisa Daehlin teaches at Harlem Knit Circle High Tea Knitting Lace Extravaganza in March 2008. June 14 she keeps the spirit of KIP alive in flight to Minnesota.