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Dianne Russell and Bonnie Flemming working on their knitting at a Cluck Cluck Clickers meeting at the Queens County Museum in Liverpool May 14.
Dianne Russell and Bonnie Flemming working on their knitting at a Cluck Cluck Clickers meeting at the Queens County Museum in Liverpool May 14. - Aethne Hinchliffe

Queens County group inviting area residents to celebrate knitting at June 9 event

LIVERPOOL – About a dozen people sit around a big table at the Queens County Museum in Liverpool, cluck, cluck, clicking away.

The Cluck Cluck Clickers is a knitting group that’s now in its second year. The group, which meets Monday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m., had its final gathering of the spring on May 14, complete with a celebratory cake, and will take a break for the summer months. The group will meet again in the autumn. 

Although the regular meetings are over for the year, the group plans to gather at the Museum of Justice (Courthouse) for World Wide Knit in Public Day, scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 9. The event will take place inside and will include some light refreshments. Everyone is invited to participate.

Linda Rafuse, director of the Queens County Museum, encourages people to come and bring whatever they want to work on. It doesn’t have to be a knitting project, she adds. 

“We had it last year here at the museum,” said Rafuse, adding that she suggests anyone interested in going to the event bring along a chair. 

The event began in 2005 and is the largest knitter-run occasion in the world, explains the World Wide Knit in Public Day website. 

Peter Leslie crochets a shawl at a knitting group meeting.
Peter Leslie crochets a shawl at a knitting group meeting.

“It seems to be getting a little bit more popular – people having the event – because fibre art now is the thing,” said Rafuse. 

Bonnie Flemming, one of the Cluck Cluck Clickers, says the idea behind the public knitting day is to increase awareness. 

“I think it’s just to celebrate the love of knitting,” she said. 

Flemming says for her knitting is a stress reliever. She says it’s calming if it’s something you love. 

“It is the one place that I can go where everybody has the same thing in common as me,” said Flemming about why she enjoys going to the weekly knitting and crafting group. 

Rafuse says the group shares patterns and helps each other with any knitting problems that come up. The group also shares its skills with each another. Some knitters have learned to crochet, while one group member taught another the art of tadding, or lace making. 

Visit https://www.wwkipday.com/faq/ to learn about World Wide Knit in Public Day. 

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