Friday, December 22, 2017

Knitting for Peace - 'Twas four nights before Christmas

The Healthy Knitter asked knitters the world over to gather last night to knit for peace.

Here is something I wrote about our Knitting Group Peace Knit event last night.

'Twas four nights before Christmas and amid all the books
Some creatures were stirring and reading in nooks.

The lights were all hung In the Library square
In hopes that some knitters soon would be there.

Their projects were nestled all snug in their bags
and some of them soon would be wearing gift tags.

With some knitting shawls and some knitting caps
It was too close to Christmas for any long naps.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
Readers sprang from their chairs to see what was the matter

The twinkling lights on Tuesday’s snowfall
Gave some light to this solstice
This dark night of all.

When what to their wondering eyes should appear
But Elise with her suitcase (was she moving in here)?

With Joan in a sweater so lively and quick
With a picture of Santa, also known as Saint Nick.

There's Belinda and Marlie, and Judy and Liz
and Mary-Anne and Marjorie (the gluten-free kids)

More rapid than eagles the finished objects  they came
And we whistled and shouted and we called them by name.

Izzies, and sweaters and cowls so many
Socks, shawls and skeins  worth more than a  penny.

With shortbread and rumballs, and cookies - such pleasure
Timbits of course, A Canadian treasure!

To the top of the square, through the door to the hall
Come in, come in, come in one and all.

Our eyes how they twinkled, the candles they flickered
They were battery-run  candles, but nobody snickered.

We knitted and chatted and laughed all the same
We looked at our projects, and called them by name.

We oohed and we aahed and tried some things on
And Mary-Anne even got her Peace shawl done.

We spoke lots of words, our voices not hushed
We were surprised, in the library, not to be shushed.

This night of the year we knit for peace more than ever
Because knitters knit peace - we are really quite clever.

The time flew by fast, it was oh so much fun
But the eight forty-five warning  bell said it was done.

We packed up our things and put away chairs
Wishing each a good Christmas without any cares.

And I heard us exclaim as we moved out of sight.
Happy Solstice to all, And to all a good night.

(With apologies to Clement C. Moore)

Two of the group - with a shot of our candles!


  1. V cute... how lovely to be in a group of like-minded souls...AND you finished your peace shawl. Wonderful

    1. Yes I was happy how I spread out the rows over the 21 days.

  2. Love your poem and the application of your knitting for peace.


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