Hanukkah has arrived, the Jewish “Festival of Lights” celebrating both the military victory of the Maccabean revolt against the Greeks (c. 165 BCE) and the purported miracle of the oil which burned in the ner tamid (eternal light) in the temple of Jerusalem after it was regained and purified ritually. Try here for more information about the history of Hanukkah, the Jewish “Festival of Lights”? So here’s an idea:
Happy Hanukkiyah: knitting a Hanukkah menorah
With nearly-grown sons, I’ve given myself a Hanukkah gift this year – the time to knit some nifty Hanukkah objects. My knitted menorah (or hanukkiyah) is underway. Even in progress it’s lovely with candles. Of course, we can’t light our candles on this menorah – the silver yarn is definitely not fire proof, but we’ll enjoy setting it up alongside my grandmother’s brass menorah.
There are 8 nights of Hanukkah. This year I’m sharing my knitted menorah pattern (one of my Patterns for Peacebuilders) during the 8 nights of the holiday. I’ll post a piece of the pattern each night, and describe the process of knitting this (and other) sculpture. I’m looking for company on this project. And …
And I’m looking for company to knit for peace. There are 8 nights of Hanukkah, and we could knit one leaf each day for the TikkunTree Project, a community- project to create a conversation around the issue of peace issues between Palestinians and Israelis. The TikkunTree will gather hand-made leaves, candles, and peace doves into a crafted sculpture, to be included in an exhibit on the olive tree in the planning stages; we hope to include participation from ALL fiber crafters who would like to participate. The Tikkun Tree Project gives us the opportunity to use craft to express our interest in peace. You are welcome to participate regardless of the faith tradition in which you identify
These links will take you to information and guidelines, and original patterns, for the project. I’ll revise this post daily for eight days, adding to the pattern as Hanukkah progresses. I’d be delighted to include images of your work if you send them to me at: tikkunknits (at) yahoo (dot) com. After the holiday, send your leaves for the TikkunTree to: The TikkunTree Project, P.O. Box 2088, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Note: All TikkunKnits patterns are created as Patterns for Peacebuilders, and this one is no exception. So, this pattern will be available free until the end of the holiday, and then available for a contribution to one of the peacemaking organizations featured here. More information can be found here.
Happy Hanukkiyah: Making a Knitted Menorah
The TikkunTree Menorah
4 December 2007 … 1st night of Hanukkah
Making the candle holders.
5 December 2007 … 2nd night of Hanukkah
Making the Shamash and setting up to knit the body.
6 December 2007 … 3rd night of Hanukkah
Connecting the 8 holders and Shamash, and thinking about decoration.
7 December 2007 … 4th night of Hanukkah
Designing the shape, beginning to knit the body.
8 December 2007 … 5th night of Hanukkah
The body of the menorah and decorating options (Magen David/Jewish Star)
9 December 2007 … 6th night of Hanukkah
Decorating the body.
10 December 2007 … 7th night of Hanukkah
A candelabra-style body, and a Magen David design
11 December 2007 … 8th night of Hanukkah