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Women 4 Women Knitting for Peace
Created By: Diane Shields

After more than 20 years I got back into knitting a couple of years ago. I knitted lots of scarves. During the summer of 07 my husband and I spent a week at the Chautauqua Institue in New York. Listed in the daily activities was a knitting group called "Women4Women knitting for Peace". I went to the meeting to check it out. During lectures and performances lots of people knit and crochet at Chautauqua.

At the meeting I met Susan McKee who started the group in 06. She is from Colorado and was returning home. This was the last day she would be there. They had a shawl blessing where all the women there put shawls on, held hands and prayed together. It was quite moving.

She got involved with international mission of prayer shawls after hearing about a Palastinian women who lost her 12 year old son to violence. Through a rabi she was able to send this woman a prayer shawl. This group sends shawls to women in areas of conflict around to world. They have sent them to Iraq, Israel, Guatemala, Palestine, Sudan and women in Kenya have requested them. The vision of Women 4 Women is to craft peace one stitch at a time. More information is available about this group at

I took this idea back to my church in Oakmont. I was hoping for a modest response of maybe 7 or8 shawls the first time. I put an article in our church newsletter. Then I improved response with a minute for mission during church. Somehow an article was mentioned in the local newspaper. By November I had 25 shawls! And 4 of them were done by women outside our congregation. We had a shawl blessing during our church service with many of the women who made them and many volunteer models wearing them. We held hands in a circle aroung the alter while our minister read a prayer. This created even more interest. We're now working on our second batch.

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