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Knitting for Peace

Knitting for Peace - Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time by Betty Christiansen

Knitting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time, Betty Christiansen

Last year, I started forming a vision for knitting for humanitarian purposes and sending my knitting out in the world. Knitting for Peace was on my wish list for several months and once I finally got my own copy, it became a guidebook for me while I explored some of the possibilities. It wasn't until I wrote a blog entry for Twisted Yarns that I chose the organization: The Mother Bear Project. The bear pattern published by the organization is included in the book. It specifies that the yarn be machine-washable and I already had Cascade 220 Superwash in my stash - including a lovely walnut heather for the bear.

Within each of the five sections, you'll find several charity knitting possibilities that touch your heart; you'll be overcome by the simplicity of some of the needs and, like me, you might want to cast on right away. Because I've seen how each of my own kids has adopted an item that gives them comfort, it was a natural decision to choose the bear. He's not fully assembled yet, because I wanted to attempt to photograph the steps in the process. What he looks like so far:

Mother Bear Project - Unassembled Bear

I'm a slow knitter and yet it took just a day and a half to knit him. I followed the book's pattern as written but might modify it for future bears to knit the extremities in the round. If you're interested in this project, there's an episode of Knitty Gritty on DIY Network that includes the pattern and screen shots, along with assembly instructions you can download and print.

Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises (Elizabeth Zimmermann)


He's going to be so cute! I can tell already!

beautiful and heartwarming post! I think I maybe have to get myself some time to knit a few of these, its a well worth it cause.
I think I might feature the motherbear project on my next blog feature, thankyou for opening my eyes.
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This is so nice, thanks for the heads up on the book, I will have to check my library for a copy. Look forward to seeing your progress on the bear!

Thanks for this post, it's really interesting food for thought. The bear is cute, and it's a lovely idea.

I can't wait to see your finished bear. What a fabulous cause! I also have the Knitting for Peace book..a lovely and heart warming book.

That is such a lovely thing to do. I can't wait to see the bear all finished!

This sounds like a wonderful book, thanks for sharing!

Awww, this is such a great project!!

It does a soul good to do things like this. Such joy in giving someone you do not know something made with love just because you want to help another person.

I think that to receive the personal loans from banks you ought to present a great motivation. However, one time I've got a bank loan, because I was willing to buy a car.

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