Oct 8, 2006

knitting for peace.

if you knit (or crochet), i highly, HIGHLY recommend picking up a copy of "knitting for peace" by betty christiansen. it had been on my radar for awhile, and my local bookstore finally got a few copies in so i snatched one up. as someone who knits and crochets almost exclusively for herself, i had become interested in branching out, being a little less selfish, and making something for someone else for a change. there are two really nice things about knitting projects for charity. first of all, you aren't knitting for a specific person, so, as long as your guage is good, you don't having to worry too much about sizing. you just follow the instructions. easy! second, most projects are small (tiny baby hats, afghan blocks, etc.), so they're excellent for using up odds and ends and keeping your stash to manageable proportions.

the book is broken down into various knitting-related projects: how they got started, what their missions are, and how you can help. there are patterns accompanying many of the descriptions, so when you read about one project that particularly pulls on your heartstrings, you can get started right away. all of the patterns in the book are for knitted items, but, of the websites that i've looked at, most of the projects will have crochet patterns posted as well. there is a very good resource section so you can get more info about the featured charities and find other charities that you might like to help as well. the book is just gorgeous... the photos are beautiful, and it's so evident from christiansen's text that she cares deeply about knitting for peace. i got all teary-eyed before i had read the entire introduction. she also adds inspiring quotes from various historical figures (my ghandi quote made the cut!) to add an extra little kick in the pants. basically, just by flipping through the pages, you'll feel not only inspired to knit a hat/teddy bear/blanket/all of the above, but you'll also truly believe that you can make the world a better place simply by picking up your needles.

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