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Knitting For Social Change

In the face of all the current negative campaigning and depressing international news, we at Peace Fleece feel it is now more important than ever to maintain a positive attitude. Therefore, we are now in the process of developing ways for ourselves and our customers to become more proactive. We hope to directly introduce you to the people with whom we work that are using woolens and yarns as a tool for social change.

Warm Woolies is an organization that distributes knit clothing to various orphanages in Russia. We encourage knitters to consider donating yarn that would otherwise languish unused.

Knit for Peace is an effort by a Swedish woman for knitters from around the world to join together on March 21 to make their stiches count for world peace.

     Baghdad Blue worsted weight yarn is Peace Fleece's
    response to the Middle East crisis. All proceeds
    from the sale of this yarn is sent to two projects in the
    Middle East.

Peace Fleece Supports Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam
Abu Abed shearing sheep as Israeli and Palestinian children look on.

  In response to the intensifying conflicts in Israel, Peace Fleece is choosing to support the very courageous village of Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam, through the sale of the kits shown below. Most of the yarn is a blend of wool from Abul Abed's flock that live next to NS/WAS and wool from the Maine Islands. Peace Fleece is donating all materials and patterns for the kits.
All of the sale price will be sent to NS/WAS.

Four times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam ('Oasis of Peace' in Hebrew and Arabic) is a village in Israel established jointly by Jews and Palestinian Arabs of Israeli citizenship. The village is comprised of fifty families that live and work together on a hillside looking out towards the west and the Mediterranean Sea.

Along with their homes the families have also built: a primary school (the only bilingual one in Israel); the School For Peace, which provides conflict resolution encounter workshops for Palestinian and Jewish youth, university students and adults; and The Center for Spiritual Pluralism - a place for spiritual reflection on issuses at the core of the Middle East conflict and the search for its resolution.

For a more detailed account with inspirational photos of the harrowing adventure carrying medicines on foot through mountians to clinics in the West Bank, please visit Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam.

In response to the village's request for aid, Peace Fleece has designed and produced the following kits to benefit this special community. One hundred percent of the money received from the sale of these kits will be sent sent to the Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam community. The yarn, blended from Middle Eastern and American wool, is donated by Peace Fleece.
Key Chain Kit
Like mini fiber sculptures, these braids are made from wrapped strands of Mid-East and Maine Island yarn with some hand dyed as well. Very easy and meditative to make. Kit includes instructions plus enough supplies to make 2 key chains as well an an information sheet about Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam.
Key Chain Kit... $14.00

  Mid-East Chunky Potholder Kit with Needles
These potholders have way outlasted all others on our stove. Super easy to make and lovely to use. They really insulate too. Don't worry about washing them - when they're dirty, throw them in the washing machine. Felting will improve their insulating quality. Kit makes 2 potholders and contains 4 colorful 1 oz. balls of Mid East/Maine Island wool yarn, large size wooden Russian knitting needles, Peace Fleece brochure, and pattern.
Chunky Potholder Kit w/Needles... $20.00

Marty spinning wool of Beit Sira Village, West Bank
in the home of Zacharia Zumbaty
  Dr. Arafat from Jericho vaccinating sheep and goats for
Peace Fleece at the village of Beit Sira, West Bank