The more I thought about the events of the past four years, the more desperate I became to find something positive that I could do.Each month, she plans to post an essay, a knitting lesson, a pattern, and a link to organizations accepting donations of hand-knit items.
Surprisingly, it was an article in the Fall 2004 issue of Vogue Knitting that renewed my energy and gave me an idea. The article described knitters making peace-sign arm bands to wear at rallies, members of Codepink knitting a giant banner to display on International Women’s Day, and a woman in New York City knitting red worms to promote composting. This is something I could relate to, because I have been knitting since I was a child.
This month's lessons are wonderfully basic. I have been wanting to learn to knit, and this is the perfect opportunity. My daughter actually just bought a learn-to-knit kit not too long ago, too. I know Donna's example will inspire us both.
I hope this site will be visited by knitters of many different backgrounds and viewpoints so we can have an open and honest dialog. As knitters, we have a unique opportunity to join together in our communities to make small changes that can have large repercussions in our nation and beyond our borders. One stitch at a time, we can build bridges that bind us together instead of allowing our differences to tear us apart.I'm all for that!
A few days after the election, I told a friend, “I am frustrated that ‘what little I can do’ won't make any difference.” She replied, “I also get frustrated, but I think that grains of sand ultimately make mountains (under a bit of heat and pressure). I can be a grain of sand. I can maybe be a few grains of sand.” Please pick up your knitting needles and join me in being a grain of sand!
Think of ways in which you can use your own passions can help make a difference in the world--writing for change, dancing for change, eating for change...The possibilities are endless!