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Karen’s Clouds

Last Wednesday we lost a dear friend, former neighbor, and family member through marriage. Loss is an unwelcome teacher, but a teacher, nevertheless.

In an instant, life sorts itself into what’s important and what’s not. The sky is more beautiful, people are more precious, and the bonds that unite us appear to rise to the surface like a relief map. Time slows down and the urge to love and support speeds up. If ever there was a need to magically be transported to those hurting, loss is the time.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were able to hold on to those sacred moments when our humanity rushes to the surface and gathers us together, exposing our essence which exists in love.

With the passing of a soul we catch a glimpse at the crossroads and realize both a life, and life in general are so much more than we ever realized. May those moments be refining, and give us deeper meaning and purpose. May we be more welcoming to both loved ones and strangers. May we be gentle with ourselves on this amazing journey called life. May we slow down and make those connections that remind us of who we are and what matters. We are in this together.

Love to all,


If you are interested in knitting hats for the grandchildren of the elders living on the Navajo reservation they must be delivered by October 20th in order for the stockings to be assembled and delivered to the reservation before the holiday break. I will be happy to deliver them but you might really enjoy going to their headquarters at 328 W. Gregson Ave. Salt Lake City, Utah 84115 to see what a wonderful organization Adopt-A-Native-Elder-Program is.

They ask that all hats be identified by gender and age to make assembly easier. I’m sure there are sizing charts available on line but I have found 72 sts on worsted weight yarn makes a small hat and 84 sts makes a large hat.

If you would like me to deliver the hats I will need to have them by October 13, as I will be out of town on the 20th.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to our community. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Love to all,


Hello again,

I am so excited to share this opportunity to help provide Christmas on the Navajo reservation through the non-profit “Adopt a Native Elder” based here in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Before I say anything more, this is what is needed: Knitted or crocheted children’s hats sizes preschool through 6th grade, both male and female; NO traditional Christmas colors, and NEW small (approximately 6 inches) stuffed animals. All items must be donated by October 20th.

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Other than my family, the two things I love the most are knitting and social work. Looking toward the future I wondered how I could bring these two worlds together. Charity knitting is a wonderful thing and I love doing it, but the social work side of me understands that on an organizational level, money is what is needed.

Today I am thrilled to announce the arrival of the “Welcome Series,” a collection of original knitting patterns designed and published by Pioneers of Peace and friends. All proceeds from the sale of these patterns will be donated to World Food Programme the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger throughout the world.

We all know knitting has magical powers but now it can “Shape Shift” into food and much needed supplies. For every 15 patterns sold, a family of 5 is fed for one month. Another way of looking at it is for every pattern sold, a family of 5 is fed for 2 days. The joy of knitting doesn’t stop with the actual knitting, or with the person who receives the finished product. Before the yarn even hits your needles the proceeds from the sale of the pattern is filling someone’s stomach.



Our flagship pattern  the “Welcome Cloth” was originally published in 1996 in Vol 1  of The Heirloom Knitter’s Heavenly Cotton Facecloths booklet and was called Plain and Precious.  It has been updated, digitized, and is for sale on Ravelry in the Pioneers of Peace store. A very heartfelt thanks to each of the wonderful women who test knit and tech edited this beautiful pattern.


We have stepped into the role of “Knitting Activists”

Our hope is to start a movement of knitters making a difference in the fight against hunger. By combining creativity, love and purpose we can change the world. Please join us in this important work.

Visit Ravelry and purchase the “Welcome Cloth” pattern. If you don’t knit, consider purchasing it for a friend who does. Spread the word that Knitters Make a Difference

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