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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Peace

Most people have heard of Sadako Sasaki, the Japanese girl who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, where she lived. In 1954, at the age of eleven, she was diagnosed with leukemia caused by fallout from the bomb.

A Japanese legend said that anyone who folded one thousand paper cranes would be granted a wish. Over the next several months, Sadako folded over 1,300 paper cranes in an effort not only to heal herself but to bring peace to the world. She died at the age of twelve. Her story became legendary itself, inspiring books, poems, and a monument to peace in Hiroshima.

I've always liked this story and was delighted to learn of a project involving not just folded cranes but knitted folded cranes. From Yarn Boy's blog: "A Portland knitter and artist named Seann McKeel...is inviting knitters to knit and felt one thousand cranes (ten per knitter), which she will display publicly late next year."

The artist's informational brochure (and pattern for the cranes) is available at the link above or here.

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