It is Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s History Day. This year’s focus is on “Women’s education-women’s empowerment”. The National Women’s History Project was founded in 1980 and is an educational nonprofit organization. Our mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs.” A quote from nwhp.
Knitting for Peace is a book written by Betty Christiansen about women. There are many ways our knitting needles and a bit of yarn can make a difference. Betty speaks about charities for peace in Afghanistan and Rwanda, hope for preemies and cancer patients, and the love we can share with the homeless, abandoned animals, and the less fortunate.
A blanket, a stuffed toy, a shawl and socks are some of the items that volunteers have knitted for others as a gift to show women care. Knitting for charity can help reduce stress and hardship, whether it helps rebuild lives in Yugoslavia with Snow Cabin Goods or New Socks for Old Souls with Adopt a Native Elder program.
Incarcerated women find knitting empowering. It teaches focus, how to set a goal and accomplish it. The knitted items these women make are donated to local charities. This also helps the inmates feel compassion and develops an overall positive attitude towards others.
The Himalyan story and IFAD are only two entreprenuer programs that empowers and employs women in third world countries. Whether weaving, knitting or spinning, these skills offer opportunities for local women to support themselves and their families.
Knit for others because it feels good. St. Mary’s knitters is a group of women who knit scarves, hats, mittens and other pieces of clothing to keep infants through adults, warm. The lucky recipients are the patients of the Children’s Health Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT. This clinic is an inner city pediatric clinic and many of the patients are new to the cold climate of Connecticut or just don’t have warm clothing. Contact KateLinnea@hottmail.com for the mailing address.
Enjoy the short video (left hand sidebar) interview with STC Craft authors Joelle Hoverson, Melanie Falick and Andrea Berman Price about crafting and women’s empowerment.
Leave a response how knitting and crafting empowers you. Open Road Media will pick a random comment and will provide theauthor of the comment with a complimentary ebook edition of Michelle Edwards’s incredible “A Knitter’s Home Companion” via NetGalley.
Knitting alone is not nearly as much fun as knitting with others. CT Yarn & Wool Co. casual Wednesday and Thursday knitting get-togethers are ongoing each week. Stop by after work, relax, chat, and knit or crochet with them. No charge ever. They just want you to join them and have a good time. The shop is located at 85 Bridge Road, Haddam, CT, 860-345-9300.