Last year the infamous Athena, knitter extraordinaire and beloved teacher, called me and asked me if I was doing anything for Project Peace 2017, which I had never heard of. When she told me about it, I immediately agreed and told her...I don't care if it's just you and me! We're doing it!
On the evening of the 21st, Bunny brought in a huge wooden carved bowl. Actually, you'd have to call it a vessel because it was like a small kayak. We placed it on the knitting table, filled it with white rice, and lit a large white pillar candle in the middle of it. Then we passed out white tapers to all seated around the table. And one by one, we lit our tapers and planted them in the rice with thoughts of peace.
Then dear Ken offered to lead a meditation on peace. Now you can tell from my overactive mind (not my body, mind you), I am a stranger to meditation. The only time I experienced it was during a guided meditation where a facilitator spoke about letting go of worries, tying them to a balloon, and letting them go. We shut off the lights in the shop with only the candles burning and Ken began: close your eyes, take a deep breath ... And that was it. 30 seconds of silence, 60 seconds. And ruining the entire moment, I said - "That's it? No guidance?" If I could take a moment back in time, that would be one of them. We re-grouped, I quieted down and settled into peaceful thoughts. It worked.
It was then time for THE CAKE and mulled cider! Darn, I don't even have a picture of it! The thing about the lamb mold is that you can't stick a toothpick in the cake to see if it's done. The batter is completely encased in the mold and the mold is secured tightly with pink and white striped baker's twine. So all you can do is follow directions and hope that your oven's heat is calibrated correctly. It did look awfully cute when frosted. And the presentation was everything since it was sinfully dry. And the good people around the table, wearing their peace shawls said, "No, it's not dry...it's dense as it should be." They are kind and generous folk. Now the mulled cider was excellent. I believe it is hard to mess that up. So we toasted each other and wished sincerely and deeply for peace in the world and called it a lovely night.
When I saw Athena at this year's Yarn Crawl she said it was the most memorable evening and that people were still talking about it. Can you imagine? So I cannot wait for this year's celebration which we are having on Thursday evening, December 20th instead of the 21st (Friday traffic would prevent folks from attending). And please, join us if you can. It's pretty special and having you there will make it even more so. And of course, if you have your Dove Cowl done you must wear it. If not, no worries. Just tie that worry to a balloon and let it go.