Where to begin… a trip to 60 North in the busiest time of year; academia, family, and preparing for Project Peace. Sounds like a crazy idea, right? But sometimes stepping back from everything to pause and breathe is just what’s needed. I’ll share more on the trip later because there are many parts of this experience that have become part of Project Peace… although that wasn’t the reason for the trek. It was work-related.
I don’t think I’ve gotten much sleep since leaving Iowa with the time difference and some of the best coffee ever. It seems there’s always a reason to have a cuppa… with a friend, invited in to someone’s house, the need to get warm, a reason to use the internet…
But not sleeping much and having very few distractions for 5 days has provided me with the time to get many aspects of Project Peace in place. And we are off to a great start … in just a few days we have over 500 people!!! Plus, we’ve even spent a day or so on the front page of Ravelry.
Here’s a few things that will help gain more attention on Ravelry:
make sure you click on “favorite” on the Project Peace 2018 pattern page
place the pattern in your queue on Ravelry
create a project page on Ravelry
purchase the pattern or ebook here. Only the pattern information is available at this time. The full pattern instructions will be released on 12/1. The ebook patterns (4 accessories with the “seeds of peace” theme) will be released during and after Project Peace. Proceeds are supporting two organizations, Seeds of Peace and Gardens for Health in Rwanda.
If you are interested in ordering any of the solid color yarn (Brim Collection Breakfast) and would like to receive it before 12/1, please place your order before midnight tonight (11/20) central time zone. You will still be able to order it after 11/20 but you may not receive it by 12/1.
You can also order the speckled yarn (Hedgehog Fibres Sporty Merino) from YarnScout… one of my favorite shops. With your yarn purchase you’ll receive the cutest love and peace pin that Sharyn designed. The only way to get one of these pins right now is with the kit. I think she has plans to make them available in the new year.
To help document our efforts to spread peace through knitting, please make sure you place a pin (or leave a comment with your location and we’ll take care of it for you) on the global peace map. You can find it here.
Finally, mark your calendar for 12/21. During the 1st Project Peace, one of the knitters suggested we should have a day that is devoted to knitting for peace. Now, Project Peace is all about being peacefully mindful for 21 days but to have this one day makes a powerful statement. So, make a plan for the 21st. Spend it at home, light a candle, knit, enjoy your favorite beverage or invite a group of friends over, perhaps host a gathering at your LYS or with your knitting group or guild. So many ways to knit for peace on 12/21. Start sharing… we have “knit in public day” so why not “knit for peace day”?
There are so many aspects of Shetland that just make my heart sing… but the colors are definitely at the top of my list.
Thanks to all of you for being here and your interest in cultivating peace. Plant a seed, nurture it and watch it flourish. Peace is a choice…
Peace… one stitch, one step at a time.