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Knitting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time [Hardcover]

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Pages   132
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 8.56" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
Age  13-22
ISBN  1584795336  
EAN  9781584795339  

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All across America, people are knitting for peace. In yarn shops and private homes, churches and synagogues, schools and even prisons, they meet on weekday evenings or weekend afternoons to knit afghans for refugees, mittens for the homeless, socks for soldiers, or preemie caps for AIDS babies. The tradition goes back as far as Martha Washington, who spearheaded knitting efforts for the soldiers of the Revolutionary War, and has seen a recent flourishing in what is nowadays called "charity knitting," "community knitting," or "knitting for others." And whether it's for world peace, community peace, or peace of mind, today's various causes have the common goal of knitting the world into a better place one stitch at a time.
"Knitting for Peace" is an exceptional book that celebrates the long heritage of knitting for others. It tells the stories of 28 contemporary knitting-for-peace endeavors, and features patterns for easy-to-knit charity projects such as hats, socks, blankets, and bears, plus a messenger bag emblazoned with the "Knitting for Peace" logo. Enlivened by anecdotal sidebars and quotations from both knitters and peacemakers, this inspiring book also includes everything readers need to know to start their own knitting-for-peace groups.

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More About Betty Christiansen & Kiriko Shirobayashi

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! BETTY CHRISTIANSEN is a freelance editor and writer who has knitted since she was eight. She has written articles for the magazines "Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting", and "Family Circle Knitting", as well as the books "Knitting Yarns and Spinning Tales" and "KnitLit, Too".

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Beautiful Book  Nov 26, 2008
I avoided getting this book for a really long time because I thought it seemed too new-age and touchy feeley. I finally broke down and made the purchase. Reading this book literally brought tears to my eyes. All I want to do now is knit as much as I can for all the charities mentioned in the book. The designs are simple to read and the back-stories on the organizations are poignant and inspiring. Please don't think twice about getting this and helping out. It's a beautiful way to use your skills to make a difference!
Wonderful Book!! - Stinky smell ??  Oct 28, 2008
I think this is a wonderful book. I am new to the world of knitting so it is nice to have a reference to go to when I have a skein or two left over and want to donate them to a cause. The only problem - my book stinks. I mean it physically smells bad. My husband won't let me take it into our bedroom because it smells so bad. And it is new! ???????????? Other than that - great book!
Ah...Heroes and knitting, they go so well together...although this book has nothing to do with Tim Kring's genius t.v. creation and everything to do with real, gentle acts of heroism.
Honestly, I'm not so much a pioneer in the knitting for charity field but I definitely want to contribute more than just cash, so what could we knit-what's needed? What fibers are most suitable and where should we send or deliver finished items? This book has got plenty of answers. Yes, okay, so does the internet, but with that the words 'information overload' spring to mind, coupled perhaps with a feeling of being overwhelmed rather than inspired.

To the 8x8 1/2" cloth and paperbound hardcover book then! The patterns are:
*Messenger bag-for you, to tote your peace knitting
*Classic socks
*Child's vest
*Prayer Shawl (lovely)
*Adopt Me (animal) blanket
*ChemoCaps eyelet hat
*Security blankets (named after a Snoopy character!)
*Preemie Jester Hat (so cute!)
*Kid's swirled ski cap (cuter!)
*Socks again
*Teddy bear
*Basic Mittens and
*a Basic rolled-brim hat-phew!

Whether you're a seasoned pro, beginner, somewhere in between or thinking about dipping your toe in the knitting pool-male or female, ANY age, YOU WANT THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE!!
The patterns are a cake-walk, but even those of you who can knit in your sleep will be warmed and uplifted by the magazine article style stories (which btw, are touching but not sad or manipulatively guilt-tripping).
As for the photographs, they are simple and elegant, serving only to illustrate the pattern they accompany, one for each in varying sizes.
Seriously, there's no downside to this book (though it does smell a little funny, but just breathe through your mouth and you'll be fine)-it's all about the warm and fuzzies and you might even be moved to start a peace knitting movement of your own. Even a portion of proceeds from the book goes to charity. You don't even have to read it cover to cover-just skim it then dive right in-how's that for user-friendly?
In short, an absolute MUST for every knitter, and/or a fab knitterly gift!
An absolutely wonderful book!  Aug 10, 2008
It's hard to describe the tone and quality of this book and I am so grateful for it! It inspires me, it delights me, it encourages me to knit and donate and never forget that in these troubled times there are people of genuine goodness. The book is beautifully written, lovely to look at and filled with useful and fascinating informaton from and about caring people who know that each one of can make a difference. I was warmed by the informaton about "knit-ins" and ended up ordering "No Idle Hands" which was used as a resource for some of the historical information contained in the book. I have recently returned to knitting after a about ten or more years away from it. Now, not only have I returned to a calming, creative and often meditative pastime, but I have found a new way to share the joy of the experience.
Hobby  Jun 20, 2008
This is a book I purchased for my daughter for Christmas, and she liked it so much, she gave a copy to a friend and recommended it to others; so I thought I should have one also.
It's something I can use to create charitable donations and I enjoy doing it.

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