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RoseByAny
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Posted - 03/06/2006 :  7:45:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.


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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."
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marfa
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Posted - 03/07/2006 :  11:45:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do.
What an interesting email you rec'd.
Amie, I'm surprised that so many people have read this post & yet no one has responded before me. Am I missing something?
Thanks for sharing this & I'll remember it on Tuesday, 3/21.
As the line from the powerful song says, "Let peace begin w/me...".
Martha

http://marfasmewsings.blogspot.com
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clarelight
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USA
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Posted - 03/07/2006 :  11:47:41 AM  Show Profile  Send clarelight a Yahoo! Message Send clarelight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've got it on my calendar. I like that it's on the equinox, equal days and nights, equal peace for the world. I like it!

Stitch lightly, it makes ripping out easier
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Brooke
Warming Up

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Posted - 03/07/2006 :  5:00:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit Brooke's Homepage Send Brooke a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I will definitely keep that in mind. That is a special day for me. My dd was born on the day and will be 2 this year. She was more than a month early but how beautiful she was and is and to be born on the first day of spring - she is definitely special and to think of peace that day will be as natural as breathing for me. Thank you for giving me another reason to think about peace.

Brooke
http://oklahomaknitwit.blogspot.com
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autumns daughter
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Posted - 03/07/2006 :  6:43:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit autumns daughter's Homepage Send autumns daughter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh boy, will I need peace on that day- exactly a month before my junior recital. I love this beautiful idea. Thank you for sharing it!


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yarn forever
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Posted - 03/08/2006 :  06:51:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit yarn forever's Homepage Send yarn forever a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Count me in! Wool, peace and love, baby!
I will try to make an "international" project on March 21st.
Roxy


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Sabrina
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Posted - 03/08/2006 :  11:00:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Sabrina's Homepage Send Sabrina a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 03/08/2006 :  11:05:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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."
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marfa
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Posted - 03/08/2006 :  12:57:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 03/08/2006 :  1:00:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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."
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donncoop
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Posted - 03/08/2006 :  1:07:46 PM  Show Profile Send donncoop a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.
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marfa
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Posted - 03/08/2006 :  4:12:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do.
Amie, thanks, hon. Appreciate your comment - just wanted to make sure ^..^
Donncoop, good quote.
Martha

http://marfasmewsings.blogspot.com
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sandrasingh
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Posted - 03/09/2006 :  05:57:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit sandrasingh's Homepage Send sandrasingh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Count me in! Thanks for the suggestion.
Sandra

Sandra Singh
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sandrasingh@sandrasingh.com
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booglass
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Posted - 03/09/2006 :  09:55:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit booglass's Homepage Send booglass a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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

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Tropical Knits
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sandrasingh
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Posted - 03/20/2006 :  09:30:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit sandrasingh's Homepage Send sandrasingh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Tomorrow is the big day!

Sandra Singh
www.sandrasingh.com
sandrasingh@sandrasingh.com
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comfybev
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USA
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Posted - 03/21/2006 :  08:32:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit comfybev's Homepage  Send comfybev a Yahoo! Message Send comfybev a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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
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Stephknits
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Posted - 03/21/2006 :  10:00:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit Stephknits's Homepage Send Stephknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well I'm glad I saw this before it was too late. Count me in.--Stephanie
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woolwoman
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USA
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Posted - 03/21/2006 :  1:14:17 PM  Show Profile Send woolwoman a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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!
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janev
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USA
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Posted - 03/21/2006 :  4:22:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit janev's Homepage Send janev a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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
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mokey
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Posted - 03/21/2006 :  4:30:58 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 03/21/2006 :  5:20:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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."
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