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RoseByAny Posted - 03/06/2006 : 7:45:10 PM
This was forwarded to me in an e-mail:

Knitting is a peaceful activity. Sheep are archetypically placid. When they cross a road that you are driving down, there is nothing to do but wait. It never crosses your mind to honk the horn or try to drive around—where I live the sheep graze in fields so rocky that you’d pierce your muffler if you tried—you just turn off your engine and admire the ungainly woolly lumps brushing past your front bumper. Knitting starts with the sheep.


I like natural yarns that are full of lanolin. That way I can feel the life of this animal that needn’t give its life to yield up this wonderful product that I use to knit. I fondle the yarn and start to rack my brains and my library for inspiration. My knitted things have no borders. I use a Swedish wool to knit mittens using a twisted Eastern stitch. The mittens turn out not to be warm enough, so I knit mitten liners out of Chilean alpaca. The hat on my head is of Japanese yarn, knitted from a Norwegian pattern. I knit my hat in the round from the top down, and once I passed the awkward double point stage and worked onto a circular needle, I slipped into the meditative state that arises when I knit stocking stitch in the round. My mind wanders, first to my work day then, eventually, to the private part of my day, my family, my friends, the wild thyme that the sheep graze on in the rocky fields up the road. I become part of a world bigger than that enclosed by the ends of the sofa where I sit knitting. My mind wanders through the world that has led to the knitting in my hands and because I am knitting, engaged in this quiet, peaceful activity that starts with the placid sheep, my mind wanders through a peaceful world.


Knitters radiate peace. When I see a stranger moving a pre-natal sock around and around a ring of double points, he is engaged in creating warmth for someone he cares about, an expression of peace. When I see a friend with a lap full of grey alpaca, lovingly being worked in moss stitch for her new baby, her quiet handiwork sings peace.


I would like to channel this peacefulness. On March 21, every stitch that I knit will be dedicated to peace. I would like to invite everyone who knits to join me on that day. Will it stop people from hurting and threatening and frightening each other, the antithesis of peace? Who knows. When I knit on March 21, I will be saying with each stitch that peace is possible, that human intelligence and compassion can triumph over fear and greed, that terror and war can give way to discussion and peace.

Knit for peace.


* * *
Randy Sklaver
Visby, Sweden
knitforpeace@yahoo.com


"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
http://RoseByAny.BlogSpot.Com
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Another Knitter for Peace Posted - 04/05/2006 : 06:36:20 AM
How fun to see this posted on the Knitter Review Forums! I plan on repeating the event next year, and I'm using my site to announce other "Knit-Ins" that I feel that I can get behind. Please get in touch if you'd like to be on my mailing list for a reminder next year.

Randy
knitforpeace@yahoo.com
www.squidoo.com/knitforpeace
NCmusiclady Posted - 03/24/2006 : 09:42:48 AM
Thank you Rose, for sharing this beautifully written note you received.

This is a wonderful plan...knitting for peace. We could choose any day really. And like universal prayer, our thoughts and energies going for a peaceful planet may actually swell up into the universe so that those who can make a difference will choose to do so.

Maybe we here on KR could have a universal Knit for Peace Day. I missed this original note as I've been busy - but with all the folks who read this website - we could all make a difference.

What do you think?

Thanks again!
Knitty Litter Posted - 03/22/2006 : 4:47:00 PM
This is a WONDERFUL idea!!! It just so happens that I'm having a gang of Chix with Stix over tonight. I can't wait to share this with them!!!!

Thanks!!!!
beh2g Posted - 03/21/2006 : 7:23:06 PM
I too am knitting for peace tonight. Lord knows we all need it! Thanks for posting this nice thought; I've saved it to read NEXT march 21.

2006 stats: 8 FO, 2 WIP, 3 UFO
RoseByAny Posted - 03/21/2006 : 5:20:32 PM
On the page that shows the subject lines, it tells you how many responses, how many views, and who was the last to modify the thread. http://knittersreview.com/forum/active.asp

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
http://RoseByAny.BlogSpot.Com
mokey Posted - 03/21/2006 : 4:30:58 PM
I'll be doing my knitting tonight!


quote:
Originally posted by marfa

Yesterday I was number 60 to read it & it struck me as unusual that no one had posted before me.


How does one check for number of views?

http://greenfishoutofwater.blogspot.com
www.femiknits.blog-city.com
janev Posted - 03/21/2006 : 4:22:41 PM
Knitting for peace tonight- with all my heart!

Jane
"Life may not be the party we hoped for...but while we are here we might as well dance!"
www.janevdoviak.blogspot.com
woolwoman Posted - 03/21/2006 : 1:14:17 PM
This is wonderful and I have passed this along to my dearest knitting friends. Hope I can recapture the peace I felt just reading what Randy wrote.

Thanks for passing it along to Knitter Forum!
Stephknits Posted - 03/21/2006 : 10:00:12 AM
Well I'm glad I saw this before it was too late. Count me in.--Stephanie
comfybev Posted - 03/21/2006 : 08:32:23 AM
I'm knitting for peace here.

Take care, Bev
2006 FO Count: 5
http://bwdiaz.blogs.com/comfybev/
OTN: Baby Sweater, Anouk Pinafore, Sockapaloooza socks
sandrasingh Posted - 03/20/2006 : 09:30:09 AM
Tomorrow is the big day!

Sandra Singh
www.sandrasingh.com
sandrasingh@sandrasingh.com
booglass Posted - 03/09/2006 : 09:55:35 AM
I'm in!! Even if it doesn't change the world, doesn't it a little bit since all of us will be thinking about peace in the world on that day. Sometimes even something as small as intention can create big changes.

bonnie

Check out my blog:
Tropical Knits
http://www.booglass.typepad.com
sandrasingh Posted - 03/09/2006 : 05:57:34 AM
Count me in! Thanks for the suggestion.
Sandra

Sandra Singh
www.sandrasingh.com
sandrasingh@sandrasingh.com
marfa Posted - 03/08/2006 : 4:12:27 PM
How do.
Amie, thanks, hon. Appreciate your comment - just wanted to make sure ^..^
Donncoop, good quote.
Martha

http://marfasmewsings.blogspot.com
donncoop Posted - 03/08/2006 : 1:07:46 PM
A favorite quote of mine is " there is no way to peace, peace is the way."
I too will mark my calendar and knit for peace.Thanks for passing it on.
RoseByAny Posted - 03/08/2006 : 1:00:42 PM
No critique inferred, sweets.

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
http://RoseByAny.BlogSpot.Com
marfa Posted - 03/08/2006 : 12:57:50 PM
How do.
Sabrina, I agree w/your take on this post from Amie as being a tho't provoking & reflection-producing piece. Yesterday I was number 60 to read it & it struck me as unusual that no one had posted before me.
Amie, I agree that the response in our hearts matters. I was not trying to be critical about it - it was just my observation.
Martha

http://marfasmewsings.blogspot.com
RoseByAny Posted - 03/08/2006 : 11:05:04 AM
The responses here are nice, but it's the response in our hearts that matters most.


that what you're trying to say, Sabrina?

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
http://RoseByAny.BlogSpot.Com
Sabrina Posted - 03/08/2006 : 11:00:57 AM
I think few responded right away because it was a thoughtful piece that makes one (made me)retrospective ie; externally quiet but internally...well that's another story.
yarn forever Posted - 03/08/2006 : 06:51:50 AM
Count me in! Wool, peace and love, baby!
I will try to make an "international" project on March 21st.
Roxy


www.roxyyarns.com/store

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