Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Peace on My Needles

This has been a tumultuous, and, in many ways, a pretty horrible year. Over the past month, I have been thinking about ways to recover from and counteract the negative aspects and events of 2016. I wasn't coming up with many positive ideas, and then along came Project Peace. The brainchild of The Healthy Knitter (Christina Campbell), it started on December 1 and is a 21-day knit along accompanied by daily blog posts focusing on ways to find inner peace and then spread that peace to others. Today, the Winter Solstice, is the culmination of the knit along, a day for knitters around the world to join together to knit peace into their stitches.

The Project Peace pattern is a cowl with an easy, meditative stitch pattern. It is perfect for focusing one's thoughts on ways to make our personal and larger worlds better and more peaceful places. I chose a recent gift yarn, Dream in Color Jilly, for my Project Peace Cowl. I am just past the halfway point, and even though the knit along ends today, I am happy to keep on knitting until it's completed. After all, I need peace in my life every day. Once the cowl is finished, I plan to chose another similar pattern and use it to take a few minutes each day to focus on ways to make a better, more peaceful world for myself and others.

Best wishes for peace and happiness during the holiday season and in the New Year!