Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fairview, Out

Cool Mid-Century Modern Fairview Library Branch, Santa Monica

I'm sad. It appears that May 23rd will be our last Fairview Knitters meeting at the Fairview Branch Library in Santa Monica. The Library is about to embark on a major remodeling project. Also, the powers that be do not consider knitting and/or crochet a library-approved activity for their Community Room, even though many of the knitters dedicate one day a week to helping Santa Monica residents, including children, learn to knit.  Sigh.
Summer 2011, Fairview Knitters
We need a new, FREE place to meet in Santa Monica. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please post them in the Fairview Knitters Group on Ravelry. 
Summer, 2009. Meeting on the Fairview Library Patio

Our adult yarny group has been meeting since 2008 on the second, fourth and fifth Saturday of each month from 3:30-5:30 pm. Heather started this group and attended regularly until she went back to University.  Our second leader was Molly (photo at left).  Molly is a dedicated knitter and library volunteer. She helps teach the regular Tuesday night class for the residents of Santa Monica. When I think about all of the people who have learned to knit because of Molly, I'm warmed by her generosity, patience and the extra time she has taken out of her life to serve the community. 
Since our last meeting is during the Memorial Day holiday and many members will be out of town, we decided to have our going away party this past Saturday. Everyone brought treats to share. The room was filled with old friends we hadn't seen in a long time. It was wonderful seeing everyone's yarny projects. I will miss this group.
Treats at our final Fairview Meeting
 Fairview Knitters - 2015

Anne brought her son's "weather" scarf to share!

Eve brought her latest project, Baby Georgina!

We will have one more meet-up of the Fairview group on World Wide Knit In Public Day, June 13th, 3:30-5:30pm in Clover Park, Santa Monica.  I do hope many of us will attend!
World Wide Knit in Public Day, 2010
Check the WWKIP website for details. 

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At 5:30 PM PDT, Blogger Leah said...

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At 5:30 PM PDT, Blogger Leah said...

Sorry to hear that, it's such a vibrant group. I doubt you were taking up the space and the time of a more library friendly activity.

At 5:33 PM PDT, Blogger janeray1940 said...

Oh no! Yet another example of my city's library system making their so-called "community" rooms inaccessible (ukulele is not a library-approved activity either). It's not quite Santa Monica but my uke group had good luck getting a free meeting space through the Coffee Connection on Venice and Centinela - it's owned by a church and even though I made it very clear that we had no religious affiliation, they seemed more interested in providing a community meeting space than anything and they were fine with it. Email me if you would like more info!

At 5:36 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Thanks for the comments, Ladies. Yes, Marielle...one of our members is looking into the Coffee Connection/Vineyard for our group. We're also checking out UnUrban Coffee House.

At 9:45 AM PDT, Blogger Diane said...

Good luck, so sad to read this. When my prayer shawl group could not meet at our church a local assisted living home invited us to use their beautiful craft room. It is a win-win -- some of the residents come in and knit along with us and we get to hear their stories!

At 10:11 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Thanks for the idea, Diane! Best to you and your prayer shawl group.

Ellen B.


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