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Why “Sumo Peanut?”

My son was born a month early and weighed 5lbs 4 ozs. When we brought him home “Peanut” was an inevitable nick-name. My roommate and best friend from college came to visit, I talked about how my son just ate and slept, she called it the Sumo (Wrestler) diet. Thus “Sumo Peanut” was born. I’ve always loved the name and wanted to share it with this endeavor.

Join us!

Everyone needs to be a part of a community, but various things can happen in our lives that make us feel cut-off from others (having children, moving, losing a job, illness, you name it!) The internet is a wonderful tool that we can use to create communities even if you can’t leave your house or don’t have ways to meet people, with common interests, in your area.

There are several good websites where you can watch videos and read tutorials to learn things, but that isn’t always enough to get you started making things. The goal of Sumo Peanut is to help you find ways to get you over your barriers and start doing the things you want to do. If tutorials aren’t your thing, what about a live chat on the internet? Having trouble finding the right thing? Send me an email, and I can help you find it. If you’re stuck, let me know, and we’ll work together to find a way to get you started.

My Vision for this community

I have created this space to be a positive, supportive community, and my request for all members is that you support this goal. While conflict is inevitable – we’re human! – we can learn from and have positive experiences out of conflict if we handle it productively. Towards this end, I have some requests for the members of the community:

  1. Give others the benefit of the doubt: something someone says, does, or writes might offend or anger you. Instead of returning what you perceive to be an attack, try to understand what the person meant, rather than said or did.
  2. Try to accept that others have different experiences and beliefs: We’ve all had different experiences and are different people because of that. Rather than trying to change others, or believing we know what is best for them, my hope is that we can learn from others who are different from us.
  3. Leave this place better than you found it: You can do this by contributing knowledge or something you’ve made, listening, sharing a struggle that lets someone else know that they are not alone, or some other way.

FAQ

Why are you always linking to different instructors/tutorials? Aren’t you some kind of expert?

I do this for 2 primary reasons:

1) People learn in very different ways. For me, how something is explained can make the difference between whether I think I can do it. For example, when I wanted to learn to knit socks, I thought that I couldn’t do it. I watched people, found web sites, read different books, and I just couldn’t understand how to turn a heel, so I didn’t try. Finally, I was reading a knitting book (Knit One, Felt Too – I highly recommend it), and all of a sudden it all made sense to me! I knitted the felted slipper pattern and went on to make baby socks from other patterns that I was then able to understand.

2) Coming from the world of mediation and conflict resolution, I believe in the philosophy of “expanding the pie.” This means that instead of seeing everyone else as competition and trying to benefit myself by pretending that there isn’t anyone else out there doing interesting things, I think this community will only be made stronger by sharing with this community all the wonderful and interesting things that people are doing out in the world – the options are truly infinite!  Because it is very important to acknowledge the hard work of others, I will always note the original source where I found something, and I ask that you do this as well.

2 Responsesso far.

  1. Susan Clare says:

    Hi Victoria! I love the whole concept here and the philosophy behind it. I’m looking forward to some collaboration and will support you however I’m able. I’m giving my personal email address for this purpose rather than the Together Yes one.
    Best fortune with this community of “makers” you are encouraging. I will try to take part when I can.
    Susan

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