To think, see, meditate, breathe, sing, pray, walk, talk, project, give, and finally knit Peace.
To consider what Peace means to us as individuals and then as a group, a culture, a people, a planet.
To realize that each and every one of us has the power to hold and then breathe Peace into life.
I have been thinking about Peace on our planet a lot lately, because of this season of giving and love; because of the symmetry in the return of hope, Winter Solstice and the return of light.
I have lately witnessed how nature creates peace and light in simple and extraordinary ways. Such as a snowflake, a seemingly small and inconsequential thing that quietly falls from the sky and gathers one by one and right before your eyes blankets the ground, trees, and roads. Snow has some interesting characteristics that I think we as knitters can relate to. It builds flake by flake (stitch by stitch), it insulates what it covers like a blanket. It is unassuming silent and still in its power. It can bring a city to a grinding halt, flake by flake.
This leaves me imagining what would happen if we knitters as a culture, a very large and growing group of creative people, give this Peace thing our attention stitch by stitch, knitter to knitter, moment by moment, day to day how we could blanket the world in Peace.
Knitting, this seemingly inconsequential practice done by so many people all across the world. Knitters, people who knit, have raised so much money for so many worthy causes; Knitters without Borders, MS, Breast Cancer Research, World Hunger, and on and on this list goes. We know better than most what it is to build something from the beginning in small steps, something that is useful, comforting and intended. We are hopeful, optimistic and we most definitely have vision.
Wouldn’t you say that most of us knit every day even if it is only a row or two? We knit. If while each and every one of us knit our few stitches every single day we held in our minds and hearts Peace.
If we envisioned the end of war and strife, we contemplated nonviolence in small specific personal ways and in larger global circumstances. What if with each wrap of yarn around needle we encircle our world with hope? What then would our planet look like if we knit for her and us in Peace? If we projected all that hope, optimism and vision out. What could and would grow from all of this Peace filled knit intention, stitch by stitch?
I invite you my fellow knitters, to join me in envisioning Peace in our knitting every day for a moment or two or even three.
We can breath Peace into all of our knitting; our socks, welcoming new baby knitting, charity knitting, sweaters, hats and yes, even swatches. hmmm… Peace swatches.
Maybe some of us will choose to have a Peace piece (tempting) to knit on daily that we then give to a friend in need or leave on a bus or a park bench knowing that who needs it will find it.
I am sure some of us will quietly incorporate it into our daily knit lives and it will then just become part of who we are.
You cannot be hopeful and hold Peace in your heart and mind even for one single moment every day and not be affected or effect change.
So… we are then, cast on and joined, a circle.
Maybe we should start a KAL with a Bordhi moebius for Peace.
We are not limited here either. We can spin, crochet, weave, walk… .
If you know of any links to those that are already doing these please share.
How do you envision knit peace?
I would like to take a moment here to say thank you.
Thank you, to all of our knitters (some notorious) for your support and creativity throughout the year. We could not do what we love to do without you and honestly we would not want to. Another lovely circle.
All of here in Blue Moon land wish you Joy and Peace in this New Year.
Happy Birthday Cara!