Knitting in Solidarity

Blanketing the wounded with love. Every stitch is a prayer from our hands to their hearts. 

I NEED YOUR HELP TO RESPOND TO THE TRAUMA OF MASS SHOOTINGS.

A gunman, fueled by hatred and white-supremacist ideologies, killed 51 Muslims during Friday prayers.

Before that, the cities of Pittsburgh, Charleston and Parkland were traumatized by mass murders.

In communities where mass shootings have occurred, the survivors and their communities continue processing through the trauma and grief.

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT THIS? 

I am an artist. A knitter. A musician. A Christian.

I have determined that my impact can best be made by applying who I am and what I do to the pain and trauma of mass shootings.

I will make a stand for peace, compassion and understanding. We are children of the same God. We must support and love one another.

I will knit my prayers for peace and love into cloths that can carry them around the world.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

By joining me to knit this prayer cloth in community. Each stitch we knit is a prayer that we learn to love our neighbors as ourselves. There will be a series of events you can knit at, or you can knit on your own and send to me by May 8.

WHEN?

April 5, April 19, April 28*, and May 3 (4 events!)

7-10 PM

*6-9 PM on 4/28

The Ravenna Collaboratory

5751 33rd AVE NE

https://www.facebook.com/events/2258905764177204/

I WILL PROVIDE:

- Snacks and beverages

- Light blue yarn

- Knitting needles

- Knitting help for novices

- Live Music (Tracks of Our Tears)

- A way to record our written and spoken prayers for the communities impacted by gun violence.

YOU BRING:

- an open heart

- a willing spirit

- prayers 

- size 8-10 knitting needles 

KNITTING PROCESS:

You will not finish your square or squares on this evening. Feel free to take them home and complete them.

Here is what we are looking for:

Knit or crochet with needle sizes between 8-10

Square sizes: 6”, 12”, or 18”

Rectangle sizes: 6” x 12”, 12” x 24”, 24” x 48”

Pattern: Up to you! Garter stitch, stockinette, seed stitch, fair game

*Yarn: 4-Worsted weight, light blue

The closer your squares and rectangles are to the dimensions requested the easier assembly will be later.

I will collect squares from you in person or via mail at the following address:

Connor Walden

5807 3rd AVE NW

Seattle, WA 98107

All squares will need to be completed and sent to me by May 8.

THEN WHAT HAPPENS?

As is the case with knitting, the potential impact of this prayer cloth project is layered. 

1. The large prayer cloth, made of our knitted squares will be displayed at the Henry Gallery between May 31 and June 23rd as part of my thesis work.

2. Connected by cloth strips on which our collective prayers are recorded, the one large prayer cloth will be divided into five separate cloths. 

3. As a community, we will vote onto which communities that have been impacted by gun violence each cloth will be sent as a gesture of solidarity, compassion, and love.

I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN THIS JOURNEY.

See you soon! - Connor

Call or text 214-673-3640 if you have any questions :)

*I am willing to help pay for yarn or share yarn with you if you are in the Seattle area. Let me know if you need help with yarn costs.

Knit Squares Counter

Sketch of installation of flowing streams of knitted prayers before being sent to their destinations. 1” = 3’

Sketch of installation of flowing streams of knitted prayers before being sent to their destinations. 1” = 3’


Survivors of Mass Shootings

whom we will be sending the first 5 shawls to:

Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre

Christchurch, New Zealand

Tree of Life Congregation

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Pulse Nightclub 

Orlando, FL, USA 

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Charleston, SC, USA

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Parkland, FL, USA