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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!

•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 November 18, 2005 11:55 AM