What makes GetKnit…GetKnit?

When our organization was founded two and half years ago, its founding members thoughtfully put together a list of it’s principles in an effort to create a solid foundation to build GetKnit on, as well as to help mold decisions as we grow so that we don’t loose track of who we are and what our mission is in our community.  Sporadically over the coming weeks and months, your team of local gurus are going to unpack each of these principles individually in an effort to showcase what makes GetKnit tick. With that said, let’s dive in to our first principle:

Live large and tread fully on our surroundings”.

This statement was put first in our laundry list of principles, as we believe it really embodies what we try to do in all of our events. After all, our tagline is that we are “the thread that knits the community together”. But what does it mean to “live large” and “tread fully on our surroundings”?

The statement “live large” can drum up images of people swimming in pools of money, or drinking champagne on a private yacht in the islands. We’ve taken a much more modest understanding to this saying and see it as a way to challenge all of our participants (and ourselves) to not limit themselves to the regular routines of life but rather put yourself in situations where you can really live, try new things, meet new people, challenge yourself, explore….or simply put “live large”.

The concept of treading fully doesn’t have as many connotations attached to it but we believe it paints a very beautiful picture of a way of living life. ‘Tread’ is technically defined “to step or walk on or over” and ‘fully’ is defined as “in a full manner or degree”…not necessarily inspiring definitions. But when used more abstractly and applied to a way of experiencing our amazing city, state, and the community around us we believe it offers a beautiful alternative to the way you enjoy and live life.

But what does it look like to “tread fully on your surroundings”? In the same vein of living large, we believe it paints a picture of not leaving any “stone” unturned and taking in all that life has to offer. For many of us we fall into the trap of day dreaming about adventures rather than pursuing them; sticking to the same mundane weekend plans rather than thinking outside the box and trying something new. It can be scary to put yourself out there and break out of the routine, but what is waiting for you is something far richer and more rewarding.

Life is waiting for you to engage, so what are you waiting for? ‘GetKnit’ with all your state has to offer, live large, and tread fully on your surroundings.


“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”