Women4Women – Knit­ting4Peace

Women are arm­ing them­selves with cro­chet hooks and knit­ting nee­dles to fight the fight for peace

Mollie Makes (US) - - INTRODUCING -

Peace is a pow­er­ful idea. Women are a pow­er­ful force. Bring the two to­gether and watch the magic hap­pen.

Across the United States and Canada, women are com­ing to­gether to knit and cro­chet goods for women and chil­dren (and men) in war-torn coun­tries and lo­cal im­pov­er­ished com­mu­ni­ties on be­half of Women4Peace – Knit­ting4Peace. The grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tion, ded­i­cated to craft­ing hope, heal­ing, and peace, was founded by Susan McKee, a self­pro­claimed con­tem­pla­tive ac­tivist whose spir­i­tual quest led her to putting crafters’ skills to good use by en­gag­ing them in non­vi­o­lent ac­tion for peace. Since its in­cep­tion in June 2006, the move­ment has spread, and to date, Susan and her 82 “Peace Pods” have had over 50,417 items de­liv­ered to ar­eas of con­flict in 55 coun­tries around the world, as well as com­mu­ni­ties and in­di­vid­u­als in our own back­yard.

The crafters make Peace Shawls, Peace Pals (boy and girl dolls), caps for adults, as well as scarves, blan­kets, socks, and mit­tens, all of which are per­son­ally de­liv­ered. While all the hand­made goods save lives and pro­vide hope, the dolls have be­come their most re­quested item.

Susan’s work is a re­minder that one per­son re­ally can make a dif­fer­ence – and when that in­di­vid­ual is joined by a few more, the cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect can be lifeal­ter­ing. As Susan says, “We are com­mit­ted to our sim­ple in­stru­ments of peace-mak­ing: com­pas­sion, com­mu­nity, cro­chet hooks, and knit­ting nee­dles. We be­lieve they are more pow­er­ful than bul­lets, tanks, and bombs.” In knit­ting to­gether com­mu­ni­ties, this quiet revo­lu­tion is truly a force to be reck­oned with. Power to the peace­mak­ers!

www.knit­ting4peace.org

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01 Cro­cheted dolls, knit­ted by vol­un­teers across North Amer­ica, pro­vide a glim­mer of hope for chil­dren in wartorn or im­pov­er­ished com­mu­ni­ties. The goods cre­ated 02 by the Peace Pods are per­son­ally de­liv­ered to women, teens, chil­dren, and in­fants in globa

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