I’ve been having a bit of a ‘community-fest’ of late between all things home and work.
The lovely crafty community here in Marino / Fairview is flying. Less than a year in, I have over 50 contacts for the monthly crafting circle – of whom about 35 attend at any given session. I secretly suspect that cakes and biscuits may have something to do with it, but the buzz is lovely and the needles are flying! At our September session we even welcomed our first ‘man crafter’. Well, ‘man’ might be a bit of an exaggeration as the little fella was just 7 weeks old – and I suspect he too was there for the grub as his nursing mama had to park her needles a few times for a feed.
I got to spend a few sunshine filled September lunchtimes in the amazing Granby Park – a temporary community park built on an infill site in the middle of Dublin. The Park got amazing coverage in the press and was really fantastic (AND the cafe sold bacon sandwiches for €2.50!). Everytime I was there the place was busy with a real mix of locals, passers-by and those seeking the bacon baps!
And on the work front I have the real pleasure of working with some really cool community groups at the moment. I get paid to come up with the ideas (always a nice task) but these guys actually get up on a Saturday morning and do the work. Seriously impressive people- who never fail to give me a cup of tea!
I think this kind of stuff is so important and I’m glad to see that others do to.
Walking home from a work thing recently I was talking to a friend who is an avid bridge player. He was telling me he was playing that night – but admitted that ‘playing’ was a bit of a stretch. Rather, he was meeting an elderly lady friend of his who was terribly affected by advanced Alzheimer’s. Every evening one of their bridge group meets this lady and ‘plays’ bridge for a while giving her husband a much needed few hours off, and making a little social occasion for this lady who always loved to get out and meet people. My friend commented on what a small thing this was to do – but really I thought just the opposite. It’s simply lovely.
I love the anonymity of leaving in a City as much as the next person, but you can’t beat social contact. Whether it’s knitting, bridge, cake eating, or just saying’hello’, it’s nice to be part of something.
So even if you think we community crafters look like this, please do pop in! Everyone is welcome. Even Peig. And her sister.
Marino Knitting and Crafting Circle: we meet the second Wednesday of every month at 8pm in St. Joseph’s Primary School in Fairview. Next meet-up is Wednesday 9th October. Email any queries to northsideknittingandcrochet[AT]gmail[DOT]com.