Knitting Peace

The acrobats in the circus group Cirkus Cirkör perform acrobatics combined with knitting in their show Knitting Peace, a show I went to see last Saturday night. They want to know if it’s possible to knit peace and ask people to send in knitted stuff to them. They want to see if they can knit themselves around the world with our help and collect knitted stuff from every corner of the earth. After the tour they want to give all the knits to a greater cause.

Obviously I want to join. But what to knit?

The only rule is that the knitting have to be in white. I am a little tired of white since last spring when I knit a humongous blanket as a wedding present for a dear friend.

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This is a blanket from Domino stickning by Vivian Hoxbro. The yarn is Drops Nepal from Garnstudio. The color is 0100, white.

I haven’t given much thought to it but I realize that I have knit exactly two items in white since: a pair of white writswarmers (I made up the pattern, the yarn is Drops Kid-silk, no ball band),
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and a white baby bonnet. That’s Sandy Davis’ Feather and Fan Baby Bonnet in Drops Muskat from Garnstudio, ball band long lost.
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I might be done with the white for quite some time.

When I think of giving knitwear to someone in need I’m picturing someone who is freezing and don’t have roof over their head. There is possibly a lot of mud in my picture too. White knitting and mud aren’t really best friends and isn’t it sort of demoralizing to get a new item to keep the cold out only to realize that this will either warm you and get dirty within five minutes or you will still be as cold as you were before and have a white knit garment hidden somewhere? Or, worst of all, you don’t wear it because you are afraid it will get dirty and instead you accidentally drop it on the ground and it still got muddy.

My first thought was a baby blanket. This would be practical and can come to use in a variaty of situations. You can either wrap your baby in it or you can wrap parts of yourself. Excellent! Then the wedding blanket from last year sprang to mind again and I abandoned the idea of a baby blanket.

It is easy to start thinking of something practical, something robust that will never brake, not even if you attach the garment to a moving car and drag yourself after it, holding on only to the garment. (Again, this would not work well with white and mud.) But, just because you are cold or don’t have a roof, does that mean that you’ve stopped liking pretty things? How about something that is both practical and pretty at the same time?

What would you think is the perfect knit here? I have my ideas, we’ll se what happens.