Knitting in Solidarity

March 09, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

Knitting in solidarity

We are part of a powerful, creative fabric arts community. We mostly sit in the background, not garnering attention or notoriety- happy to be quietly knitting. While dark, frightening news dominates our news channels and social media feeds, we feel that it is important to illuminate the wonderful contributions the knitting community has already made to Ukraine. If you have not yet contributed and want to, keep reading for some fabulous ways to knit in solidarity.

A Beautiful Yarn Hug

It is nearly impossible to imagine babies being born into and existing in regions of war. At a mental health facility in Northern Ireland, patients are frantically knitting baby hats and booties for displaced Ukrainian babies in need. The knitters expressed that they, too, understand the trauma caused by war and they want to connect in solidarity so that the people of Ukraine don't feel alone. Their knitted garments are being shipped to refugee centers.

Connected By Yarn

Elsie Pepper, age 101 years old, vividly recalls the fear and isolation she experienced when she and her husband were separated by war for three years during WW2. She has reminded her community that during times of war, everyone needs to do the little they can to contribute to the efforts. She has organized a team of volunteers at her local craft store and they are knitting hats, scarves, and gloves for Ukrainian refugees. Elsie has arranged for a family member with connections to Ukraine to transport the knitted garments to refugee posts at the border. She reminds knitters that if she can make a difference at the age of 101, so can you!

More Than Posting Sunflowers

Helen Cassidy Page, a writer on Medium, is urging the Western world to do more than simply post sunflowers on social media. As important as symbolic efforts are, knitters can take action. One of the ways we can contribute is with our money. Ravelry has made it easy to identify and purchase knitting patterns sold by Ukrainian designers. Even if the pattern is in Russian or Ukrainian, not English, it is important to purchase it anyway, in support. If you have the means, buy as many patterns as you can. The money is going directly to Ukrainians who are fighting for their homes and their lives. There is even a way to leave a note for the seller. 

You Can Help

Hopefully you have been energized by these heartfelt stories of knitters using their skill to make a difference. If so, you may be wondering how you can help, too. Here are some ideas:

  • Purchase a Ukrainian pattern on Ravelry or Etsy.
  • Knit Ukrainian flags and hearts to raise awareness and show support. 
  • If you sell fabric art, donate a portion of sales to help relief efforts.
  • Connect with Ukranian knitters in online groups and ask them how you can directly help.
  • Contribute to Knit for Peace. They have compiled a list where you can send knitted goods to be distributed to refugees who are relocating across the UK.

During times of strife, we are always impressed and inspired by our fellow knitting community. Stay safe and be well.

Also in Zen News

Knit-Knacks: Popular Knitting Hacks for Every Yarn Enthusiast
Knit-Knacks: Popular Knitting Hacks for Every Yarn Enthusiast

September 14, 2023 4 min read 0 Comments

Discover the top knitting hacks that every enthusiast should know! Dive into a world of tips and tricks that elevate your projects, making them not only easier but also more exquisite. From DIY stitch markers to the magic loop technique, unravel the secrets of expert knitting.
Read More
The Ultimate Fun-tastic Guide to Circular Knitting Needles
The Ultimate Fun-tastic Guide to Circular Knitting Needles

August 29, 2023 3 min read 0 Comments

Unlock the magic of circular knitting needles with our comprehensive guide. Dive into the versatility of seamless knitting, discover tips and techniques, and explore the vast world of circular projects. Perfect for both beginners and seasoned knitters.
Read More
Double Trouble? More Like Double Fun: Welcome to Two-at-a-Time Knitting
Double Trouble? More Like Double Fun: Welcome to Two-at-a-Time Knitting

August 10, 2023 2 min read 0 Comments

Join us for an exciting journey into the world of Two-at-a-Time Knitting! Whether you're a seasoned knitter or just starting out, this innovative method of knitting two items simultaneously promises perfect pairs and a fun-filled experience. From socks to sleeves, learn the benefits and how-tos with our upbeat guide. Don't miss our Tutorial Tuesday for a special live session on knitting two socks at once. Dive into double-knitting and double the fun today!
Read More