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Wednesdays Are For Knitting: Project Peace Cowl

Like many knitters, I have been working on the Project Peace Cowl.


This is where I was on December 4th. Right on track.


And this is where I was Monday night after town meeting. Less progress? How is that possible? I’ll give you a hint.

join in the round, taking care not to twist

Yep. Twisted. And I didn’t notice until I had completed 7.5 rounds.

So. Ripped and reknit, this time with a 4 row garter stitch edge and, most importantly no twist.

Issues aside, I’m enjoying the pattern and the prompts related to peace that go along with it. So much, in fact, that I have decided that peace is going to be my One Little Word for 2016. I’ve been tossing a few words around for a while now but last week the word peace just clicked for me.

I’ll talk more about it, I’m sure, but for now I’m just thinking about how I can incorporate more peace into my life. Knitting for peace definitely worked Monday night at town meeting when someone, on speaking to the article to approve applying for a grant for a library renovation and expansion project, called libraries a luxury. I was furious and nearly jumped out of my seat to give a lecture on the importance of libraries and to talk about how libraries level the playing field among the haves and the have nots. But I didn’t. I kept my head down and I knit on. And the article passed!

Maybe there really is something to this knitting and peace thing.

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  1. And that is why I dislike knitting in the round with so many stitches. . . I’m so glad you’re finding peace in the knitting — even when it’s hard sometimes. You’ve found a great word for next year! I can’t wait to see how you incorporate PEACE into your life. XO

  2. I keep seeing this lovely design and meaning to start it. My lack of progress in even starting the thing may be a reflection of why I should be knitting it?!

    For the record, libraries are in no way a luxury. The fact that I might have called the person an idiot and suggested they needed to spend more time in them not less would have likely been less productive than your response. Glad the radical pro library faction prevailed.

  3. Peace is the perfect word and I am glad that peace has settled into your knitting despite the rocky, errr, twisted start! I love your yarn!! And, your words about libraries brought tears to my eyes – may no one ever limit libraries. They are a vital and crucial part of communities everywhere. I am glad that the article passed. Library lovers the world over are rejoicing!

  4. People are amazing, aren’t they? I don’t think I could have kept my mouth shut during your meeting. So glad the article passed. And, your cowl is lovely. That is going to be one of my knits in the new year.

  5. Perfect word. Thank goodness things will move forward with the library project — SO NOT A LUXURY ITEM!! I’m enjoying knitting my take on the Peace Project Cowl, and hope to get a daylight shot soon! (Not long now before the light begins to return.)

  6. Great word Carole! I’m still double checking to make sure I’m not twisted! (Though it’s been put aside due to a last minute decision to make a couple of felted oven mitts…) And my God I don’t know how you were able to contain yourself….every town needs a well stocked and staffed library!

  7. The Peace Cowl may indeed have magical, peaceful properties if it could help you keep a calm demeanor while someone called libraries a luxury. I’m so glad that your Peace Cowl is back on track and that the article passed.

  8. Ah, yes, the twisting. How many times have I been merrily going along and then …

    I still need to start my Peace Cowl. The packages are getting sent hither and yon tomorrow, so I’m hoping to start this weekend at the latest.

    Libraries. The soul of any civilization.

  9. I am so glad your library article passed. I am curious (peace knitting not withstanding) why you didn’t bject. Peace is a great New Year word–Lord knows we do need peace.

  10. I had a twist in mine, too. I caught it in round 2, though, and was able to do “the trick” (I saw it on the Rav Peace Cowl Board). Glad your library meeting went well, it’s frustrating when people don’t see how important and vital libraries are to communities.

  11. I fear I would have had to throw in my 2 cents. Good for you for your restraint. And I applaud the vote to apply for the grant! Libraries may be a luxury for some, but they are a necessity for others.

  12. I don’t know how I missed this post, Carole, but Bonny pointed me to it. I cannot believe (well, yes I can in light of the election) that anyone would think that libraries are a luxury. It’s hard to know if it is ignorance or maliciousness that would make someone say that. Libraries are necessary for so many reasons, not the least of which is preserving our freedoms! Unless, of course, we all want to be sheeples. I owe so much to libraries and librarians, and I appreciate librarians so much. So, thanks Carole for all you do. And I was much impressed with your restraint! How’d you do that?

  13. Ditto what Becky said! (Bonny did write a wonderful post) It’s crazy that spending money to be sure EVERYone had access to books, reading and information would be considered a luxury. But I’m afraid these are crazy times.

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