We are The Natty Knitters of Griffith, from the town of Griffith in NSW, Australia. We meet every Saturday at Griffith Public Library on Banna Avenue during opening hours from around 10:00 am until around 4:00 pm. Just drop in whenever you feel like it, say “G’day”, stay for a while or the whole day and bring your knitting and crocheting with you.

We originally came together as a group on 20th June 2009, to celebrate ‘World Wide Knit in Public Day’. Over 40 people celebrated with us at our local library, and the decision was made to continue to meet on a regular basis.

We started off making knitted blankets for “Wrap With Love”. After we’d made nearly 30 blankets, our group organiser, Liz Brooks, told us about an idea she had: to make a full-size knitted/crocheted garden. The idea was enthusiastically adopted.

vase of knitted daffodilsThe Natty Knitters entered a vase of knitted daffodils/narcissi, into ‘Flower Power’ in October 2009. ‘Flower Power’ is a relatively new annual exhibition held in Griffith City art gallery to coincide with the Garden Festival and Orange Sculptures in October each year. Staff were amazed at the enthusiastic response they received from local artists and crafters across all media, with many entries – all on the theme of flowers/gardens, of course.

There was an amazing response to the vase; from that things have continued to grow. The vase of flowers is now on permanent display in the library, creating even more interest.

The plan is that our knitted garden will be complete in time for the 2011 Flower Power exhibition, with a smaller “taster” exhibit at this year’s exhibition.