In Florida it's difficult to knit in public in the summer outside when the World-Wide Knit In Public usually takes place in June. This was an unofficial early KIP, but we seem to have found the best place to do it - under the bridge where it's shady and breezy and the food that's available is nothing short of amazing. The Riverside Arts Market (RAM) is nestled under the I-95 bridge with all sorts of artsy vendors, fresh produce sellers, and food booths. The breeze off the river keeps it from being unbearably hot, and the shade from the bridge is constant. We had a small group of Jacksonville knitters out on Saturday, but fortunately our numbers were fortified with a spinning contingent from Gainesville.
When you knit in public you get a few interested observers. But when you spin in public the muggles are just fascinated. Little girls, old men, tons of people stopped to find out what was going on. There was even a skater dude who inspected one of the wheels and compared it to the bearings on his skateboard.
We had an awesome day full of friends new and old, belly laughs, and bellies full of good food. We're planning another one for World-Wide Knit In Public, we just have to decide if it will still be cool enough to hang out at the RAM. You can join the Jax Ravelers group on Ravelry if you want to keep up with dates and upcoming plans!