It all began in 1985 when the Penn State Extension Service offered a pilot program sponsored by the Craft Yarn Council. Participants received free instruction in teaching knitting. Thus, the seed for Knitters' Day Out was planted. The first KDO was held at the Mechanicsburg Middle School in cooperation with the Mechanicsburg Recreation Board and Penn State Extension Services. In an effort to expand the event and offer sales of knitting products, the committee set off on their own, completely independent of any sponsors.
Over the years KDO has hosted many nationally known instructors, including Barbara Walker, Meg Swansen, Lily Chin, Nicky Epstein, Candace Eisner Strick, Anna Zilboorg, Beth Brown-Reinsel, Ann Weaver, Tanis Gray, Anne McDonald, Bea Ellis, Sandy Terp, Ann Bourgeois, Cheryl Potter, Leslye Solomon, and Shirley MacNulty. However, our success is primarily due to the many talented regional teachers who provide a solid foundation of knitting instruction.
The motto of KDO is "Knitting Friendships Together." We pay tribute to the fact that knitters are special people who are passionate about their craft while welcoming all to join them.