Knitting to Network!

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Just before Christmas I spent some time doing fieldwork at the Environment Agency in Bristol – and what a great bunch of people they are! During my time there I met a group of ‘lunch time knitters’! This group meets regularly to network with each other, share ideas and their knowledge of current projects and the organisation more broadly…whilst doing what they love – knitting! During the week I was there, they had their annual knitting sale. They raised £350 for Water Aid http://www.wateraid.org in one lunch time, selling baby clothes, soft toys, scarves and a variety of lovely knitted gifts! This is a picture of their ‘publicity stunt’ – advertising their work and sale in the central office atrium, in the morning.

Not only does this group do great work for charity, but I think it shows how engaging in making and doing together can connect people who would otherwise work apart in an organisation and in departments that may rarely meet. Knitting to network demonstrates how perhaps craft culture and creativity can create new communities and knowledge sharing practices in large organisations such as this…

I’m going to go back and hang-out with them again…and they’ve invited me to bring my quilt work with me – lovely!

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