Knitting 4 Peace
with AJ Wolff and Carol Alt
APRIL We put on display in the social room all the scarves and dolls ready to mail off. We are getting an assortment of yarns so members can choose the colors and textures they want. Lots of yarn and help for new knitters. The knitter group is growing. It must be fun.
MARCH In March AJ brought cotton yarn and everyone had fun making kitchen wash cloths along with come conversations.
FEBRUARY This past month we have enjoyed welcoming visitors to our gatherings and great fellowship. Our MUUF Group is now listed in the National Directory on the website Knitting4Peace and we hope to continue welcoming visitors to MUUF. AJ Wolff mailed off her first 24 Peace Pal Dolls to Knitting4Peace. They have a request for more than 1,000 dolls for upcoming deliveries to South Sudan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Haiti. Learn more at www.knitting4peace.org
JANUARY Have you ever thought of knitting for Social Justice? Carol Alt has been active with an organization called Knitting4Peace for a number of years and has inspired AJ Wolff to start a knitting group here at MUUF with plans to join the Knitting4Peace Organization founded back in 2006 that has delivered requested items to more than 122,555 people living in communities across the United States and 70 countries around the world.
Knitting 4 Peace is dedicated to knitting together the global Beloved Community. They do their work one person at a time … one stitch at a time … one delivery at a time … one day at a time. How does this work? By knitting needed items and sending to the people who need them, here and around the world. Check out their website and learn more, with patterns, current needs and photos.
At our first knitting circle meeting we will share more info and ideas. So, join us. If you have never knitted before that is ok we will teach you. Carol, AJ, and Bernita are all long-time knitters and happy to teach you. AJ started knitting by her grandmother’s side at a very early age making doll blankets, (no need for winter scarf in San Francisco) and by middle school age knitting sweaters. Small blankets or scarves are great starter projects for the beginner. If you have your own project you would like to work on and share in the fun, please come as well. Everyone welcome.
AJ would like to share a message from the January Knitting4Peace Newsletter from the founder Susan McKee.
Every time we knit or crochet or quilt with the firm intention that our action carries the power of Hope and the fierce radicalism of Compassion, we make a difference in our world. Every time we deliver Peace Pals or beautifully crafted shawls or warm winter mittens or baby blankets for struggling infants or sleeping mats for homeless children, we deliver the promise of hope and the empowerment of being recognized and respected, and we make a difference in our world. Do not let the daunting statistics overwhelm you. Do not let the daily headlines depress you. Do not let your courage and resilience be sabotaged. YOU. YOU! YOU have the power to make a difference in the life of one other person. Every single day. And that makes ALL the difference. In your life and in our world.