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.
April 5, April 19, April 28*, and May 3 (4 events!)
*6-9 PM on 4/28
The Ravenna Collaboratory
5751 33rd AVE NE
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.
- an open heart
- a willing spirit
- size 8-10 knitting needles
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:
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
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
Orlando, FL, USA
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Charleston, SC, USA
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Parkland, FL, USA