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Harvesting Compassion

Pocket Peace Pals knitted for Knitting4Peace

Pocket Peace Pals knitted for Knitting4Peace

 

Dear Friends,

As I write this post I am processing 7 quarts of tomatoes and listening to Dave Brubeck. What a wonderful summer it has been. I’m not sure I’m ready for cooler weather but there is nothing better than the harvest. Preparing for winter seems to be a new beginning of sorts. I talked with many this week who are feeling motivated to get organized and make positive changes in their lives. Perhaps the beginning of the school year lives deep in our bones. It’s time to learn, grow, and become wiser.

The deadline for knitting purple baby hats for the Purple Crying program is upon us. If you would like me to deliver your hats to Bingham Creek Library, please get them to me before Sept 23. The library would like them no later the Sept 24.

 

Purple baby hats for The Purple Crying Program

Purple baby hats for The Purple Crying Program

 

I’m almost done with the four hats I knit for the cause. All that’s left is a little embellishment. I tried 4 different yarns and fell in love with Debbie Bliss’s Cashmerino. It’s a bit luxurious for a baby hat but I am dreaming up ideas for using this wonderful yarn again.

 

A great excuse to buy more yarn

A great excuse to buy more yarn

 

My new favorite

My new favorite

 

You may be wondering what the picture at the top of this post is all about. Part of Pioneers of Peace’s mission is to highlight organizations that are doing great things in the world. Knitting4Peace is just such an organization.

While doing a google search on compassionate knitting I came across what I think is the best example of an organized far reaching effort to share our talent and love with the most vulnerable populations in the world.

I don’t have time or space to cover all they have accomplished in this post but know this…Since June of 2006 they have created over 107,847 items, and made 1,697 deliveries to 67 countries around the world.

They knit, crochet, and have recently added quilting to their arsenal of bringing peace to the world. I say arsenal because they see themselves as revolutionaries doing their part to relieve suffering and promote peace. Susan McKee, founder and director identifies herself as a “Contemplative Activist.”   I LOVE that!

Their website has all of the patterns necessary for crafting the many needed items they share with the world. What you see at the top of the page are Pocket Peace Pals that can be knit up using scrap yarn in about 4 hours.

They are so much fun. To think about them in the arms of a child makes my heart melt, but what really makes my heart swell is knitting mittens for cold little hands.

 

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During the first week of October, I will be hand delivering what I have made to Knitting4Peace in Denver. I would love it if you would help support their mission by knitting, crocheting or sewing something from their list of needs found on the website Knitting4Peace.

Before I sign off I would like to remind all of you that it’s time to get your red cups out and start filling them up with coins for our 4th annual Pioneers of Peace Thanks”Giving” Cup Campaign in support of WFPUSA’s School Meals Program. Please look at the Thanks”Giving” Cup Campaign link on this website for more information. I have a limited number of red cups left. Please let me know if you would like one.

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It’s time for me to sign off. I’m on my way to the farmer’s market to buy pickling cucumbers. As we move into this season of harvest lets commit to cultivating and preserving our humanity by showing compassion and love to the world.

Love to all,

Barbara

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