In Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, the sinister character of Madame Defarge sat at the guillotine knitting as the French aristocracy were beheaded. She knitted the names of aristocrats she wanted executed in code into her work.
So perhaps it is not surprising that knitting is a prohibited activity in the public galleries of many parliaments.
About 10 people took part in the event 'World Wide Knit in Public Day' at Gallery on Track on Saturday, June 8 from 10am to 3pm, which publicity officer Carolyn Greig said was a chance to share a common interest.
"We hosted a public world wide knitting event," Ms Grieg said. "It is a global event which sees thousands of people from all over the world participate. It's the second year we've done it.
"This was a great opportunity to visit the gallery, meet some of our wonderful creative members and spend time chatting while working away on whatever you are knitting or crocheting."
Hot chocolate with marshmallows was available for everybody to enjoy, as were beginners' lessons for those who wanted to learn to knit and crochet.
'World Wide Knit in Public Day' sees thousands of people from all over the world participate.Carolyn Greig, Gallery on Track
They made scarves, granny squares, jumpers and bags for joeys to use as pouches.
Ms Greig said everyone had a great time. "It was a nice couple of hours," she said. "We even managed to gain a new member."
Gallery on Track is looking at making knitting and crocheting a monthly group.
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