Knitting for Peace in Harrow-on-the-Hill

It has been a rather special week for us here at Knit for Peace. We held the first Knit for Peace knitting group in Harrow on the Hill jointly with the charities Three Faiths Forum and the An-Nisa Society supported by St Michael’s Church. We chose a very nice little cafe with big comfy sofas – perfect for knitting and chatting. I arrived early with plenty of spare yarn and needles and waited. No matter how much work you have done to publicise an event there is always a nervous few minutes before people started arriving.
I shouldn’t have worried – one by one, more than a dozen knitters and people who wanted to learn, from a wide variety of backgrounds made their way down the stairs and started to knit. Some remembering skills that they thought they had forgotten…

Others sharing those skills, generation to generation…

Knitting can be very absorbing….

but there is always plenty of time to laugh and chat or to listen…

We talked about what a Knit for Peace group meant to us and decided that we would like to knit a charity blanket for a needy family as a gift from us as a group of women from diverse cultures.

Of course we also got a lot of enjoyment from talking about the things we have in common as well as the different customs and traditions that we have. We talked about weddings, cooking for festivals, about our families and communities. The time flew…

As did our needles. We decided that we would like to meet on a monthly basis so as soon as we have set a new date I will let everyone know. Thanks to all for getting Harrow-on-the-Hill Knit for Peace Group off to a flying start. I look forward to seeing you all and making more new friends next month.

My particular thanks go to Hadiya Maseih from Women ArTogether, Humera Khan from An-Nisa and the newsletter editor from St Michael’s Church for supporting and publicising the event and to Suzanne
Hafezi Photography for allowing me to use her wonderful photos.