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November 29, 2005

Today's word: Putsch

Dictionary.com defines it as:
putsch also Putsch (pch) n. A sudden attempt by a group to overthrow a government.

Seen on LAObserved in reference to LA Times layoffs and buyouts. ...But really it's the other way around at the LAT, isn't it?

Posted by sedda at 10:42 PM

November 18, 2005

Knitzilla 2005 — a year of community support

For those of you who weren't able to make it to Monday's Knitzilla Birthday Party, here is a summary of what's been going on in Knitzilla this year!

I started Knitzilla! to create an environment where creative people could come together and exchange ideas, and be supported (in the guise of knitting+crochet). I enjoy diversity in thought and spirit,
which is why it's important that the group is 'all ages, all genders.' It's important to support kids in a healthy way that builds relationships between generations.

It was important to me that the group have a community component for giving back. Life is so much more rewarding when you can participate in the community around you, and support it, and nurture it. That's how the community grows. People are so busy these days that's easy to forget, and that's why our charity projects so far have been small items that multiply. The idea is, if everyone gives back just a little—one scrubbie, one square, one donation of yarn or needles—the effect is still huge. It's huge to the person who receives the gift.

But it's also important to take time to create for yourself, and renew your own nurturing spirit. And that's what makes our Monday knit nights in Silverlake so fun.

Thanks for joining our group, and sharing your giving spirit! We hope to see you — and your friends — out on Monday nights!

Check out our numbers on this years' community projects!

MEMBERSHIP
•Knitzilla!s first meeting on Nov. 15, 2004: 3 members (two friends from my old job, and one's daughter)
•Knitzilla!s current membership: 161 members, including more than 40 national members

Posted by sedda at 11:55 AM

2005 Scrubbie project raised more than $2,000 for tsunami survivors

selling handmade washcloths to raise money for Thai tsunami survivors
•61 volunteers from 3 countries and 12 states participated
•274 scrubbies were donated to the project, which opened a few days after the Tsunami and closed Labor Day Weekend, 2005
17 scrubbies were sent to a shelter for hurricane survivors on the American Gulf Coast
Many were stitched into more than 10 baby blankets that were sold or donated to hurricane survivors
•More than $2,000 was raised for tsunami relief and sent directly to programs supporting survivors
•Thanks to Edna Hart and Needlework Attic for yarn donations

Posted by sedda at 11:55 AM

November 14, 2005

Knitzilla's first birthday

The Knitzilla! birthday party was a smashing success. About 31 people came, there was live music by Garner Knudson of Piper Downs, and a hellafine raffle, if I do say so myself.

The knitters were all outraged that I didn't "get" anything in the raffle. I tried to explain that ethically, you can't set up a whole fabulous prize scheme, then benefit from it. It's just not right.

Well, I did take a free tape measure from Unwind that Krista arranged, and a set of clippers donated by Baumgarten's, both arranged to thank charity knitters... but the total value was about $5 for the two items, and I think I've done enough charity knitting this year to cover that.

Anyway, lest I be horrifyingly shortchanged, an impromptu dramatic presentation of a check was made so I could buy my own Jordana Paige knitter's messenger bag, which is fabulous.

It was very sweet, and very touching.

Posted by sedda at 11:18 PM