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Someone proposed that today be a day to dedicate ones knitting for peace.  Always happy to knit for peace.  Always happy to knit.  Always happy to work for peace.  Here is Randy’s Peaceful manifesto:

Knitting is a peaceful activity. Sheep are
archetypically placid. When they cross a road that you are driving
down,there is nothing to do but wait. It never crosses your mind to
honk the horn or try to drive around-where I live the sheep graze in
fields so rocky that you’d pierce your muffler if you tried-you just
turn off your engine and admire the ungainly woolly lumps brushing past
your front bumper. Knitting starts with the sheep.

I like natural yarns that are full of lanolin. That way I can feel
the life of this animal that needn’t give its life to yield up this
wonderful product that I use to knit. I fondle the yarn and start to
rack my brains and my library for inspiration. My knitted things have
no borders. I use a Swedish wool to knit mittens using a twisted
Eastern stitch. The mittens turn out not to be warm enough so I knit
mitten liners out of Chilean alpaca. The hat on my head is of Japanese
yarn knitted from a Norwegian pattern. I knit my hat in the round from
the top down and once I passed the awkward double point stage and
worked onto a circular needle I slipped into the meditative state that
arises when I knit stocking stitch in the round. My mind wanders, first
to my work day and then to the private part of my day, my family, my
friends, the wild thyme that the sheep graze on in the rocky fields up
the road. I become part of a world bigger than that enclosed by the
ends of the sofa where I sit knitting. My mind wanders through the
world that has led to the knitting in my hands and because I am
knitting, engaged in this quiet,peaceful activity that starts with the
placid sheep, my mind wanders through a peaceful world.

Knitters radiate peace. When I see a stranger moving a pre-natal
sock around and around a ring of double points he is engaged in
creating warmth for someone he cares about,an expression of peace. When
I see a friend with a lap full of grey alpaca lovingly being worked in
moss stitch for her new baby, her quiet handiwork sings peace.

I would like to channel this peacefulness. On March 21 every stitch
that I knit will be dedicated to peace. I would like to invite everyone
who knits to join me on that day. Will it stop people from hurting and
threatening and frightening each other, the antithesis of peace? Who
knows. When I knit on March 21 I will be saying with each stitch that
peace is possible, that human intelligence and compassion can triumph
over fear and greed, that terror and war can give way to discussion and
peace.

Knit on Randy.  Peace out, everyone.

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