Sunday, March 20, 2011

1,000 Cranes

When disaster strikes, the "better angels of our nature" guide us to help. The triple diasters in Japan are unimaginable. Movie Stars give money, (thank you Sandra Bullock & Bae Yong Joon). Musicians have benefit concerts. Charities take in dollars and cents from countless individuals.

I belong to Ravelry, an online community of knitters and crocheters. Within Ravelry, there are myriad groups catering to special interests. I recently joined this one:

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-1000-amigurumi-crane-project

A lovely young crocheter designed a crocheting pattern in the form of an origami crane. She formed the group to let other crafters know about her project.

When one folds 1,000 origami cranes, the story goes, a wish, health, healing is the result. A powerful symbol of hope, the crane represents action in the face of adversity.

I am primarily a knitter, so I asked if I might attempt to make a knitted version of the crane pattern. This is the result:

Origami Crane front view

Origami Crane top view

Origami Crane back view

Origami Crane 1

I will be writing the pattern and pending approval of the group owner, will offer the pattern for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.

Pattern for this crane:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/one-thousand-cranes---knitting-pattern

Pattern for stackable crane:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/one-thousand-cranes-2-needle-stackable---knitting-pattern


Take care, say a prayer and keep your yarn dry.

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