Knitting for Peace: Making the World a Better Place
All across the world, people are knitting for peace. You'll often find them gathered in private homes, at knitting guild meetings, in churches and synagogues, in elementary schools, even in prisons. They call the work they do "charity knitting." They knit afghans for families in need, preemie caps for AIDS babies, mittens for homeless children, socks for soldiers on missions, hats for women coping with breast cancer treatments. "Knitting for Peace" tells the stories of 28 knitting-for-peace endeavours, with smaller, more anecdotal stories shared in corresponding sidebars. And though it promises to be a fun and inspiring read, liberally sprinkled with quotes by famous knitters and peacemakers, "Knitting for Peace" also offers practicial, hands-on information, including 15 patterns for easy-to-knit charity projects as well as lists of places that accept charity knitting, tips for starting knitting-for-peace groups and charity knit-ins and information on finding local charity knitting outlets - hospitals, homeless shelters, etc.
- Paperback | 132 pages
- 218 x 218 x 15mm | 600g
- 01 Oct 2006
- Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc
- New York, United States
- 16 colour images
About Betty Christiansen
Betty Christiansen is a freelance editor and writer who has knitted since age eight. She has an MFA in non-fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has written articles on knitting for peace and other subjects for many publications, including Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting and Family Circle Knitting magazines and the books Knitting Yarns and Spinning Tales (Voyageur, 2005) and KnitLit, Too (Three Rivers Press, 2004). She collaborated on Handknit Holidays (STC, Fall 2005) and is credited on the title page for her contribution. Kiriko Shirobayashi is an award-winning New York-based photographer, whose work appears regularly in magazines in the U.S. and abroad.
Our customer reviews
This book will give you lots of inspiration, both for knitting and for wanting to do some good in the world. The book outlines various charities that knitters have contributed their skills to, and gives addresses of where you too can send your work - however all charities are in the USA, so for those of us who live in other countries, this is perhaps not so practical. (You could of course always use the types of charities as a stepping point for finding out what charities are run in your own country, or even start up your own.) The book also has knitting patterns for the various products given to the charities. The sock pattern is one of the most easy-to-read I've found, so as a relatively new sock knitter, this is a big bonus. Highly recommended for knitters and those that like to read about the good being done in the world.show moreby Merinda