Knitting to Support / Knitting to Find Solace

“If you are feeling cynical about our country, talk to a veteran.”   We are quoting President Obama as he spoke to the Nation today in honor of Veterans Day.  Last night we heard a presentation that informed us of knitting during times of WWI, knitting to support the boys who were fighting for our country.    As we allow the words from both speakers to sink in a bit, and as we give pause to thank and show our gratitude to a veteran we may know, an idea has come our way that we would like to share with you.

Leave it to knitting (of course) and designer, Christina Campbell from Ravelry to lead us to a project that could offer you comfort as we, as a society, move forward in these times of change and the unknown.

Project Peace
by Christina Campbell

Published in
Christina Campbell’s Ravelry Store
Craft
Knitting
Category
Neck / Torso → Cowl
Published
December 2016
Suggested yarn
Brooklyn Tweed LOFT
Quince & Co. Finch
Yarn weight
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
Needle size
US 4 – 3.5 mm
Yardage
435 – 550 yards (398 – 503 m)
Sizes available
one size
icord, in-the-round, one-piece, reversible, seamless, slipped-stitches, textured
This pattern is available as a FREE Ravelry download
When you download this now, you will receive the cover page. Full pattern is available on November 28 with the Peace-along beginning on December 1.

Peace, we need it now more than ever.

“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

Last year after conducting the first “peace-along” I jokingly said “if we could get knitters around the globe to focus on peace for 21 days we might create world peace.” At this point I say, no joking, what have we got to lose?

I’ve created a cowl pattern that has a bit of a soothing stitch pattern. It’s a 4-row repeat. Knit ~1 repeat per day and at the end of 21 days (or close to it) you’ll have a peaceful cowl. Optional i-cord edging.

What’s a peace-along? There will be a daily tip on how to infuse more peace into your life. These tips will be available on my blog each day from December 1-21. They’ll be simple things, some from me and others from a few guests.

What you need:

Stash dive or purchase something yummy for your soul. Approximately 450-550 yds of fingering weight yarn. I used 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed LOFT. I love the rustic feel…it’s the intersection of luxury and strength.

I’ve had lots of questions regarding color choices. I’ve made 3…one from Wonderland fingering weight (Goat’s Beard color way) which was light grey and white. It’s gorgeous but the stitch pattern doesn’t show up as much as the solid color versions. The other two are made from Brooklyn Tweed Loft.

can you use variegated? Why not? If it brings you joy and peace then I say yes. Would it be my first choice…maybe not but maybe I’m just being conservative. I’m pretty sure you’ll want to make more than one so if you like the yarn then give it a try.

If you are buying for this project maybe pick a solid or mildly tonal.

size 4 or 5 needles (US) ~32 inches. gauge information forthcoming.

Can you help me create world peace? Spread this information as far and wide as you can. How many knitters can we get involved?

“Buy” the pattern now and you’ll get an update when the pattern goes live on 11/28.
“Fav” the pattern.
“Start a project”
Share on social media…tell all your friends.
Use the hashtag #peacealong2016 on Instagram.
Subscribe to my blog (www.thehealthyknitter.com) to get updates on Project Peace.
Tell your LYS and have your own peace-along in December.
I’ll begin a thread on the Healthy Knitter Ravelry group, join us here:

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-healthy-knitter
project_peace_2016_1

This was copied and pasted straight from Ravelry.  [HERE] is the link so you may go directly there to join the group and follow others who are taking this on.   Regarding our own group of knitters, go [HERE] to see who is participating!

 

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Holly knits with grit and believes a happy life is a well balanced one.
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2 Responses to Knitting to Support / Knitting to Find Solace

  1. Tracy B says:

    Already signed myself up!! It was a great presentation last night. And this project will hopefully make us all aware of the need to come together & be compassionate & support our country no matter what.

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