UPCOMING EVENTS

Volunteering at St. John’s Bread & Life

Brooklyn, New York

Thursday | May 23, 2019

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Volunteer at The Campaign Against Hunger’s Urban Farm

Brooklyn,

Friday | May 24, 2019

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Help out at Jenny’s Garden 5/26

New York, New York

Sunday | May 26, 2019

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Tutor Harlem Youth with Reading Partners!

New York, New York

Friday | May 31, 2019

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Package Birthday Bags for Local Pantry!

Brooklyn, New York

Saturday | June 1, 2019

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Volunteer at the Youth Farm!

Brooklyn, New York

Saturday | June 1, 2019

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Family Farm Day with Repair the World and Tkiya

Brooklyn, New York

Sunday | June 2, 2019

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Education & Action: Fight Hunger in New York

Brooklyn, New York

Thursday | June 6, 2019

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Increase Food Access at a Farmers Market

Brooklyn, New York

Thursday | June 6, 2019

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Volunteer with Books Through Bars!

Brooklyn, New York

Wednesday | June 12, 2019

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Community Builder Awards!

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Thursday | June 13, 2019

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Brooklyn Jews at the Youth Farm

Brooklyn, New York

Sunday | June 16, 2019

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Volunteering at St. John’s Bread & Life

Come volunteer at St. John’s Bread & Life, one of Brooklyn’s largest food pantries/soup kitchens that offers a multitude of other social services! St. John’s Bread & Life serves nearly 3,000 meals to hungry New Yorkers every day and is the only facility in New York to have a Digital Food Choice Pantry; come check it out yourself! 


Volunteers will either be working in the kitchen helping to serve and prepare lunch or will be in helping out in the food pantry. Please wear closed-toed shoes and pants.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Josh at [email protected]

Date

Thursday | May 23, 2019

Time

3:00 PM - 6:30 PM eastern time

Location

795 Lexington Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11221

Volunteer at The Campaign Against Hunger’s Urban Farm

Are you interested in growing community and increasing access to healthy and affordable food? Join Repair the World and volunteer at The Campaign Against Hunger’s Saratoga urban farm in Bedford Stuyvesant! 


About The Campaign Against Hunger (TCAH): In 2009, The Campaign Against Hunger became the first community-based organization in New York City to effectively create its own “farm to pantry” distribution loop with the opening of Saratoga Urban Agro-Ecological Center. The Saratoga Farm encompasses 7,900 sq. feet and produces roughly 7,000 pounds of produce each farm season.


Volunteers’ Role: We will help out with various farm tasks such as weeding, watering, and cleaning. Volunteers can expect to engage in manual labor (such as shoveling or pushing wheelbarrows). We’ll also do some group learning about hunger and hunger prevention in New York City. Once you register, you will receive an email from Riki a couple of days before the volunteer day with more information.


When can I volunteer? Fridays from 11am-1:30pm at The Campaign Against Hunger Saratoga Farm (2046-2050 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11233). 


Accessibility: We will be outside in the sun and around a variety of plants and scents. The ground is unpaved dirt and is flat.


Contact Riki at [email protected] for more information or to coordinate a volunteer group of 3+ people.

Date

Friday | May 24, 2019

Time

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM eastern time

Location

2046-2050 Fulton St
Brooklyn11233

Help out at Jenny’s Garden 5/26

This Saturday, Repair the World and the Jewish Theological Seminary will be bringing a group of volunteers to Jenny’s Garden (formerly known as Riverside Valley Community Garden) with to come and help prepare the garden for spring. 


Jenny’s Garden was started by a group of community volunteers, including Jenny Benitez, in 1975. For more than 44 years, she, with a team of volunteers, has transformed the west side of Harlem into a majestic masterpiece.


Please bring water and a hat, and wear clothes you can get dirty! Gloves and tools will be provided. Please reach out to Jeremy Nicholson at [email protected] if you have any questions. Looking forward to farming with you!

Date

Sunday | May 26, 2019

Time

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM eastern time

Location

699 West 138th Street
New York, New York, 10031

Tutor Harlem Youth with Reading Partners!

***Please select whether you will be tutoring only the first or both sessions when ordering***


Join us this May as a volunteer with Reading Partners at our Open House event at P.S. 175 in Harlem! Reading Partners is an incredible organization that provides one-on-one literacy tutoring to elementary-school aged students struggling with reading. The program model targets kindergarten through fourth grade students. Tutors utilize an easy-to-use curriculum that supports key, foundational literacy skills. Reading Partners recruits dedicated volunteer tutors that spend an hour a week working one-on-one with our students to implement the curriculum and target the particular needs of each student. 


At our Open House events, we invite community volunteers to visit our Reading Centers and try our program out first-hand, working one-on-one with our students as their tutors for the day. We will start the day with an overview of our program, and then will give our tutors a chance to try our curriculum and tutor our students. Come learn about the incredible work we do to address the literacy crisis and make a difference in a student’s life by tutoring them! 


                  Here is the Schedule for the Day: 


                  9:15 – 9:30: Volunteer Tutors Arrive


                  9:30 – 10:15: Reading Partners Overview and Curriculum Training


                  10:25-11:10First Tutoring Session


                  11:10-11:20Break


                  11:20-12:05Second Tutoring Session


                  12:05-12:20Wrap up and Debrief  


Please email us with any questions.

Date

Friday | May 31, 2019

Time

9:15 AM - 12:20 PM eastern time

Location

301 W 140th St
New York, New York, 10030

Package Birthday Bags for Local Pantry!


On Saturday, June 1st Repair the World Brooklyn is joining forces with The Great Room to package birthday bags and make beautiful cards for children in Brooklyn whose families don’t have the means to purchase birthday celebration items. This project is intended for parents and their children to do together. Open for all young ages with parent/adult accomaniment. 












Volunteering families will have the opportunity to…




Volunteering families can expect to help with…



  • Packaging birthday bags 

  • Creating birthday cards

  • Family learning around food insecurity and poverty in central Brooklyn



Here’s how it works:


To make this project happen, we need your support! We’re asking each participating family to commit a sliding scale of $10-25 to this project. There are 2 ways to donate supplies: 




  1. Order from the Amazon Wishlist by Tuesday, May 28th to be delivered directly to The Great Room



  2. Bring your donated items to the project day of

    *Supplies needed include: plastic utensils, plates, frosting, cake mix, balloons, candles, small toys, and construction paper or other craft materials.





Next steps:



Tell your friends to join in, or come alone and meet new people. Either way, you’ll enjoy giving back to the community. Stay tuned for information we will send in an email a few days before the event. We look forward to meeting you for this community event in Brooklyn! 




Unable to attend but interested in learning about future events? Please email [email protected] with any questions and get involved with Repair the World Brooklyn!





Date

Saturday | June 1, 2019

Time

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM eastern time

Location

194 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11231

Volunteer at the Youth Farm!

Join Repair the World NYC and the Youth Farm for our spring and summer farm crew!


We will be engaging in hands-on work such as composting, clean up, weeding, planting and other tasks. We will also be learning about and discussing food justice topics such as food sovereignty, food access in Brooklyn, and the importance of community gardens.


The Youth Farm is an education-focused production farm that grows organic food and flowers on one acre for the community and beyond, and offers hands-on farm training and leadership opportunities for youth and adults. It is located on the lawn of the Wingate Campus, and is partnered with the High School for Public Service.


Accessibility info: We will be doing garden work that requires physical labor. The entrance to the farm does not involve steps but the ground is uneven.


Feel free to sign up for one date, or all of them! This volunteer event is designed for young adults, but all ages are welcome. Please email Alison with any questions or concerns at [email protected]. Looking forward to farming with you!

Date

Saturday | June 1, 2019

Time

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM eastern time

Location

600 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11203

Family Farm Day with Repair the World and Tkiya

Join Tkiya: The Jewish Community Music Initiative and Repair the World NYC for an afternoon of learning and volunteering at Bushwick City Farm.

Best for ages 3-8 and their grownups, siblings are welcome. Free to attend but please register at https://urlzs.com/pgdGE

We will be learning about the importance of giving back to our community through songs, stories, and hands-on helping. There will also be time for a snack picnic. Work will include composting, clean up, and other farm maintenance, and we encourage closed toed shoes.

Bushwick City Farm is a network of open spaces run by neighborhood volunteers that provides free food, clothing, and educational programs for the community. BCF builds and helps maintain vegetable gardens for local public schools and coordinates with local businesses to distribute bread and fresh produce donations.

This event was made possible in part from a microgrant from The Jewish Education Project and a partnership with PJ Library in New York. PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books monthly to families who register at pjlibrary.org!

Please remember to register for this event at https://urlzs.com/pgdGE

Date

Sunday | June 2, 2019

Time

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM eastern time

Location

354 Stockton Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11206

Education & Action: Fight Hunger in New York

Are you interested in helping people have a dignified way to feed themselves and their loved ones? Join Repair the World and Hunger Free America on National Hunger Awareness Day to send postcards in support of reauthorizing child nutrition programs.


What is Child Nutrition Reauthorization? Congress aims to reauthorize most of the child nutrition programs every five years. These child nutrition programs include several different federal school meal and child nutrition programs that provide funding to ensure that all children have access to healthy and nutritious foods.


Why is this important? The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act was last reauthorized in 2010, which means these nutrition programs are due for an update.


Volunteers’ Role: Kids will decorate postcards to send to their representatives in favor of reauthorizing Child Nutrition programs. We will also do some group learning about hunger and hunger prevention in New York City. Once you register, you will receive an email from Riki a couple of days before the volunteer day with more information.


When can I volunteer? Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Repair the World Brooklyn Workshop (808 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216). 


Ages: This program is designed for ages 7-10 and families.


Accessibility: The Workshop is one-level and on the ground floor. The bathrooms are relatively large but not fully wheelchair accessible.


Contact Riki at [email protected] for more information!

Date

Thursday | June 6, 2019

Time

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM eastern time

Location

808 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11216

Increase Food Access at a Farmers Market

Are you interested in helping people have a dignified way to feed themselves and their loved ones? Join Repair the World and Hunger Free America at the Grow NYC Borough Hall Farmers Market to increase awareness about SNAP Benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Access Program), formerly called Food Stamps. Hundreds of people pass through the Borough Hall Farmers Market each week so we will share information about food assistance.


What is SNAP? SNAP benefits are a social safety net to support those who are facing economic hardship and are used to buy unprepared food. Each year between 2009 and 2012, SNAP kept 714,000 people out of poverty in New York state, including 321,000 children.


Volunteers’ Role: We’ll be passing out information about the eligibility requirements to enroll in SNAP benefits and pre-screening clients to determine their eligibility. We will also do some group learning about hunger and hunger prevention in New York City. Once you register, you will receive an email from Riki a couple of days before the volunteer day with more information.


When can I volunteer? Thursdays from 9am-12pm at the Borough Hall Farmers Market (Court St and, Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201). 


Accessibility: We will be outside in the sun and around a variety of foods and scents. More information coming soon.


Feel free to contact Riki at [email protected] for more information or to coordinate a volunteer group of 3+ people.

Date

Thursday | June 6, 2019

Time

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM eastern time

Location

Court St and Montague St
Brooklyn, New York, 11201

Volunteer with Books Through Bars!

Join Repair the World to package books to send to incarecerated people with Books Through Bars. NYC Books Through Bars is an all-volunteer-run group that sends free, donated books to incarcerated people across the nation. Bring your friends! Everyone can learn about the realities of the carceral system. 


We’ll be reading letters from people in prison, filling book requests, putting together packages to mail to prisons, and cleaning the space where donated books are stored before they’re sent out.


Books Though Bars is located in the basement of Freebird Books, and can be dusty; wear close-toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty. This is not an accessible location; entrance is via the hatch, and a set of stairs, and the floor can be uneven. Watch your head when entering. This is suggested for people 14 and older and is not appropriate for young children.

Date

Wednesday | June 12, 2019

Time

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM eastern time

Location

123 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11231

Community Builder Awards!

The Community Builder Awards is Repair NYC’s opportunity to honor and elevate outstanding members across our communities. For our inaugural year, we focused on elevating our community partners. This year, we look to expand our reach by recognizing individuals who exemplify Repair NYC’s commitment to serving the New York City community.

Date

Thursday | June 13, 2019

Time

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM eastern time

Location

TBD

Brooklyn Jews at the Youth Farm

Join Repair the World NYC and CBE’s Brooklyn Jews for an afternoon on the farm!


We will be engaging in hands-on work such as composting, clean up, weeding, planting and other tasks. We will also be learning about and discussing food justice topics such as food sovereignty, food access in Brooklyn, and the importance of community gardens.


The Youth Farm is an education-focused production farm that grows organic food and flowers on one acre for the community and beyond, and offers hands-on farm training and leadership opportunities for youth and adults. It is located on the lawn of the Wingate Campus, and is partnered with the High School for Public Service.


Accessibility info: We will be doing garden work that requires physical labor. The entrance to the farm does not involve steps but the ground is uneven.


This volunteer event is designed specifically for Congregation Beth Elohim’s Brooklyn Jews group and there are general sign ups here. Please email Riki with any questions or concerns at [email protected]. Looking forward to farming with you!

Date

Sunday | June 16, 2019

Time

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM eastern time

Location

600 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11203

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Repair the World NYC launched in the fall of 2015 to tackle pressing local needs by mobilizing communities to volunteer. We enable people to transform their neighborhoods, city and lives through meaningful service experiences, rooted in Jewish values, history and heritage. Our team of eight full time fellows partners with fifteen organizations in Crown Heights and Bed Stuy to recruit and train the volunteers needed to address education and food justice needs in Central Brooklyn. Repair the World’s collaborative community storefront space at 808 Nostrand Ave is a hub for service and social justice initiatives.

OUR TEAM

        • Rachel Figurasmith

          Interim Director, Repair the World NYC

        • Rachel Figurasmith

          Interim Director, Repair the World NYC
          Rachel Figurasmith is and born and raised New Yorker. She has worked in education and non-profit spaces for over a decade and is passionate about increasing access to quality education for all young people. Rachel has worked as an after-school program director, synagogue education director, caseworker for Swahili-speaking refugee teens, and a summer camp director. Currently, Rachel is a college instructor for several courses on working with children with disabilities and is an education consultant in NYC schools and after-schools. Rachel holds a BA from Hampshire College and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Rachel lives in Long Island with her husband, toddler, and two dogs.[email protected]
        • Liza Freed

          Program Manager, Repair the World Harlem

        • Liza Freed

          Program Manager, Repair the World Harlem
          Liza Freed is a Program Manager for Repair the World Harlem. She is particularly passionate about mentoring, coaching, and investing in young leadership and loves managing team of three recent-college graduates participating in the Repair the World service-year fellowship. She previously worked as the teen director at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn where she was recognized for her ability to empower teens to engage in high-level programming that uses Judaism as a lens to examine injustice and inequity. She’s worked with numerous nonprofits including Creative Art Works and Bike and Build, both of which informed her love for service-oriented group experiences. Above all, she owes her passion for Jewish-informed social justice work to the 11 formative summers she spent at URJ Eisner Camp where she was a camper, staff member and eventually a senior staff person overseeing a staff of 30 and over 100 campers. Liza lives in Brooklyn and bicycles everywhere she can.
          [email protected]
        • Kate Thomas

          Program Manager, Repair the World Brooklyn

        • Kate Thomas

          Program Manager, Repair the World Brooklyn
          Kate comes to Repair the World a community social worker, spanning experience in education, counseling, community organizing, and Jewish social justice efforts. Most recently, Kate served as the Community School Director at Brooklyn Landmark Elementary advocating for educational equity and coordinating community resources. A licensed social worker with an MSW from NYU and BASW from Rutgers University, Kate has trained in diverse settings including The Door Bronx Youth Center, Rutgers Hillel, and Robert Wood Johnson's office for community health promotion. She has also staffed Mitzvah Corps Seattle, a teen social justice collaboration with the International Rescue Committee, and worked as a residential counselor at Wediko Children's Services where she provided clinical guidance to children with complex trauma. After completing her time as a 2014-15 Repair the World Baltimore Fellow, Kate stayed connected on the Repair the World NYC advisory board. In her free time, she enjoys theater, writing poetry, and vacationing to anywhere with a lake!
          [email protected]
        • Amani Beauzile

          Event Specialist, Repair the World NYC

        • Amani Beauzile

          Event Specialist, Repair the World NYC
          Amani was born and raised in Queens, New York and has always held the communities within the city close to her heart. After gaining her bachelor’s degree in psychology, she decided to dedicate herself to working within community and thus served as an education justice Fellow with Repair the World NYC. She has invested her time working with various non-profit organizations like the Fresh Air Fund and the Food Bank For New York City. Amani served as a Repair Fellow in Brooklyn in 2017-18, she volunteered regularly with Legal Hand and the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. A lover of dogs and food, Amani looks forward to being able to continue to serve the city she loves with others who are committed to social change.[email protected]
        • Andrew Davidov

          Workshop Coordinator, Repair the World NYC

        • Andrew Davidov

          Workshop Coordinator, Repair the World NYC
          Life has come full circle for Andrew at Repair the World. After graduating from Binghamton University in 2015 with a B.A. in English and a Concentration in Rhetoric & Global Cultures, Andrew joined the 2015-16 Repair the World NYC cohort as a Food Justice Fellow. Following his Fellowship year, he moved into the Moishe House in Park Slope, where he currently resides, and has worked for Penguin Random House, Yelp, Brooklyn Grange, Amir, Congregation Beth Elohim, Union Temple and, possibly his favorite of all, families around Brooklyn as a babysitter. He is excited to be back at Repair the World NYC part-time as the Workshop Coordinator and assisting around the organization as a Fellow mentor and program associate. Andrew is planning on heading to graduate school in Fall 2020 to receive his MPA to manage institutions around environmental disasters. During his free time, you can catch him cooking at home, reading in Prospect Park or melting over cute Brooklyn dogs.[email protected]
    • Tori Burstein

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Tori Burstein

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Tori is a recent graduate of University of Florida, where she studied psychology and sports management and was a student ambassador for the University of Florida's Counseling and Wellness Center. She served alongside counselors and students to reduce the stigma against mental illness and promote the importance of mental well-being and seeking help. She is passionate about the intersections between Judaism, social justice, and service, and is proud of the fact that she once bowled a perfect game!
    • Danna Creager

      Harlem Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Danna Creager

      Harlem Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Danna attended UCLA where she double majored in political science and geography. For the past year, she has been a Social Justice Fellowship Intern, exploring social justice through a Jewish lens with three different cohorts of student. During her internship, she was able to bring in outside knowledge of social justice and environmental work. She is passionate about two things more than anything: social justice and changing our country's (and world's) currently unsustainable food system. She doesn’t understand many pop culture references because she grew up without cable!
    • Josh Flink

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Josh Flink

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Josh is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied psychology and Judaic Studies. In the summer of 2017, he volunteered at PORDAC (Protection of the Rights of Differently Abled Children) in New Delhi, India. He helped plan activities for 4-18 year-old children and also assisted with vocational training. He loved learning about Delhi's culture and giving what he could to the Pordac community. Josh is passionate about food justice because at the end of the day, everyone deserves to be nourished, to eat healthy, and to have the resources they need in order to succeed. He spent the summer of 2018 backpacking through Southeast Asia!
    • Maya Hawkins

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Maya Hawkins

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Maya is a Brooklyn native who just graduated from NYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a minor in Creative Writing. Highly involved with the Habonim Dror movement, she’s acted as Youth Education Coordinator & Staff Manager, and Education Coordinator at Camp Gilboa over the past few summers. Maya has never finished an ice cream cone so she always gets get ice cream with friends so they can finish it for her.[email protected]
    • Jill Levinson

      Harlem Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Jill Levinson

      Harlem Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Jill attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and self designed a major in Art and Social Change, minoring in Sustainability Studies. She worked at the local conservative synagogue's Talmud Torah where she taught 6th-grade religious school, covering topics such as Hebrew, Jewish traditions and holidays, and what it means to be a Jew. She is excited to join Repair the World because she believes that social justice work needs to take place on multiple levels and if you don't get on the ground, you know the community’s needs to create true systematic change. She is also scuba certified!
    • Jeremy Nicholson

      Harlem Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Jeremy Nicholson

      Harlem Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Jeremy graduated from the University of Vermont, where he majored in Environmental Studies and founded Green Mountain Manna, a Jewish outdoors club. He also wrote his senior thesis on founding Green Mountain Manna on campus. Jeremy is passionate about food justice because after all, people cannot survive or function without access to food.
    • Riki Robinson

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Riki Robinson

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Riki went to Pitzer College where she graduated with a degree in sociology and Asian American Studies. She worked as a Program Coordinator at Pitzer College's Center for Asian Pacific American Students where she helped start a dialogue series and bike share program. She believes education is key for social connection and transformation; in particular, it’s integral to honor that different forms of knowledge can be liberating for people from historically marginalized backgrounds. She also enjoys making and trading zines!
    • Alison Rollman

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Alison Rollman

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Alison graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in sociology and worked as a health equity intern at Partners for Better Health in Ontario, California. She worked on an asset-mapping project with teen leaders and focused on mapping healthy food access and distributing information to the local community. She is excited to engage more deeply in justice-oriented Jewish communities and to be part of an organization working together for meaningful change. She also studied abroad in Nepal where she learned conversational Nepali!
    • Jaz Twersky

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Jaz Twersky

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Jaz attended University of California, San Diego where they majored in linguistics. They were Editor-in-Chief of their university's independent newspaper, reporting on controversies at the school and bringing to new issues to light. Working as a journalist allowed them to see how both university and local school systems fail students in a number of different ways. They also enjoy knitting and once knitted a dragon!