I am the chosen one because you tell me.  –Steve Kwon

When I was 10, I was prophesied over by the Sunday School pastor at a week-long church camp. “If you continue to follow the Lord, you will be very successful.” I think I was excited at the time, being called out in front of 200 other kids by God himself. As years went on and my belief in this God waned, the guilt of my back-slidden existence began to weigh on me. There was my chance – my chosen moment – and I turned my back on it. It’s a disempowering thing to have one’s success hinge on waiting around for The Guy In The Sky to decide when I have been faithful enough (whatever that means) to be the recipient of success (whatever that means). A few years ago, I took back my ability to generate my own happiness and actively seek the kind of life I wanted, with nothing more than curiosity, openness, and these two hands. Every thing I knit, craft, and whittle into existence puts me one step closer to the source of that power, to God, if you will. It isn’t that I turned my back on God all these years; I just chose me.—Rachel Demy

“I tell people I come from a long line of Irish American working women who knit;” thus I began my remarks at my mother’s funeral.  Wearing a reversible cabled shawl I never talked about the knitting, I figured folks would know I had carried on the tradition by noting what I wore. Instead, I talked about what I had learned from them: advocating and supporting your family, the work ethic and regularly attending and singing at mass.

The lineage goes like this:  myself- Anne Meixner, Mom-Betty Regan Meixner, Grandma- Elizabeth Dugan Regan, Great Grandma Mary Dugan.  For each generation I have a throw/afghan that has been knitted/crocheted.

When I received the call for “You are the Chosen One” I reserved a spot on the grid and knew I would knit something in the Irish style full of the textured patterns for which the Emerald Island is renowned.  In fact such patterns reflect very well my preference for knitting something with texture.  I easily bore with plain knitting no matter how luxurious the yarn.   There needs to be some twists and yarn-overs to keep me engaged.  For the edges instead of a garter I chose an Irish moss stitch.  On the background of the reverse stockinette I chose an undulating cable stitch that reminds me of X’s and O’s that grandmas typically put on their notes.  For the center cable I chose a 5 cable weave which to me represents the 4 generations and the next one.  My niece Lisa already knows how to knit and I am hopeful that my younger niece Montana will also learn to play with yarn.  – A Knitter’s Legacy- Words to accompany my square for “You Are the Chosen One”  By Anne Meixner

I think the project just spoke to me to point out that we’re all chosen for something, and if we use our gifts positively this is much stronger than all of the negative stuff going on in our world. We have to pull together for what we’ve got, not just look to our individual wants. — Jacky Cooper

I see “You are the chosen one” as a call to action. In a biological sense, it’s literally true. The extreme unlikelihood that any one of us would come into being is mystical enough that significant change on a local, national, or global scale shouldn’t be reserved for superheroes and prophesied saviors. In a celebrity-obsessed culture that seems to be run by a wealthy few, it’s easy to forget that we are each special and capable of changing the world.—MaryAnn Brennan

I was chosen to forgive.  – Anonymous

I was invited to go on a small knitting and textile tour of Estonia this past June.  I had always wanted to do this but never really thought it would happen.  I was so moved by the people of Estonia and their love and respect for handmade items of all sorts including:  knit socks, mittens, and gloves; embroidered blankets and clothing, handwoven striped wool for traditional skirts, delicate knit lace shawls and wooden boxes and trivets. Their history has been full of challenges and dark days, but since gaining independence in 1991, the people are collecting items of their heritage and proudly sharing them with others.

My square is the Estonian flag–blue on top for the sky above Estonia, black to show connection with the soil of the land and for centuries of black times and white for hard work, purity and commitment of the people. Superimposed on top of the flag is an embroidered design, reminiscent of many I saw in Estonia on contemporary mittens.  There is a star representing our leader Nancy who shared her passion of Estonia for us, and then two, one each for Maret and Anu (her Estonian friends who accompanied us on the trip and made it happen), and then 15 smaller stars symbolizing the 15 of us who were chosen to go on this very special trip.

I am so grateful to have been chosen to go on this trip! — Betsy McCarthy

I was adopted as an infant.  I was always told I was “lucky” because I was chosen. As an adult I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to blend my biological background and history with who I’ve become as a result of being adopted—making me a stronger, more capable and compassionate person.

I was inspired to blend nature and nurture by knitting a square with yarn made from my birth certificates (pre & post adoption), adoption decree, a series of correspondence from the adoption agency sent to my adoptive parents throughout their application process, and a variety of other adoption-related papers and notes. – Leigh Radford

My entire life I thought the women in my family were chosen to have breast cancer.  I always just assumed I would get cancer and possibly die from it.  Morbid I know, it just seemed that that’s how things were in my family.  A few years back we found out that our family carried a mutation in the BRCA gene.   Everyone has two copies of each BRCA gene, one from each parent. Most people are born with two normal copies of each gene. However, our family was passing along a mutation in one copy of the damage-controlling gene that normally protects against cancer.  Finally a explanation for why so many women in my family had battled this insidious disease.  A year and  a half ago I tested positive for a BRCA1 mutation.  I inherited the gene from my dad, putting me at a more than 85% lifetime risk of getting breast cancer and more than 40% risk of getting ovarian cancer.  I was chosen to be the first person in my family to learn that I carried the gene before having cancer diagnosis.  Armed with this life saving knowledge, I have had preventative surgery to remove my breasts and ovaries.  I am the lucky one. – Becky Blumer

I am the chosen one because…I am the mother to two healthy, happy children…(and I’m quite proud of the square I’ve designed also!)– Fiadhnat McGrath

I make things.  I don’t have a job from which I earn money but I am very fortunate to be able to make things.  I make quilts for AIDS orphans in Africa.  I make flannel pajama pants for people I love.  I make vegetables in my garden for my family and friends and a food bank. I make food for people who can’t make food for themselves.  I make socks and sweaters and other cozy things for people I know as well as for people I don’t know.  I make connections to make a community.  This is how I am the chosen one. –Dede Helmsworth

I am the chosen one…because I have spent more than the last 20 years promoting literacy, not only with my own children (my son 23 is a published author and my daughter 20 is a pubished poet) but, through involvement in our schools.  I created and presented a reading program that not only presented current childrens literature, but incorprated poetry, folklore, and art.  In addition for years I chaired book fairs, that seeded our libraries, and book exchanges that help keep the students reading over the summer. – Renee Bova

I am the chosen one:

To create

Inspire and be inspired

To love

Not perfectly but constantly

To live

Embracing joy and compassion in each day

With the perseverance of the enduring ginkgo tree

–Susannah Bartz

I am chosen to find everything some kind of beautiful.– Katie Presley

I was chosen to make art with kids! — Helen Ellis

I am the chosen one to break from the past so that my family may thrive and have a future filled with joy and hope. — Mary Bradshaw

I am going to change the world by bringing small-sale farming and ‘locavorism’ back into fashion.  ‘Green as the new black’ has had a nice resurgence in recent years so now it’s cool and hip to recycle, eat organic and make other such green lifestyle choices…but unless people take action to make their lifestyles and choices truly more sustainable or less environmentally impactful, ‘being green’ will just be another trend that fades away.  I want people to know about sustainable food practices.  I want more restaurants, grocers and school districts to get their foods from local farms or nearby sources.  There needs to be more small-scale farms, more cooperative farm shares, less distance between food sources and the tables we eat from.  Americans are getting more and more unhealthy not only because of poor choices but also because of circumstances out of our control.  Processed, unnatural foods SHOULD NOT be cheaper than whole, natural foods.  It shouldn’t be so expensive to buy fresh produce.  You can feed a family of four at McDonald’s for less than the cost of a meal containing fresh, chemical free produce, dairy and meat products at a grocery store and that’s not right!!!  Literally TONS of food, BILLIONS of dollars’ worth of crops are wasted because of failures in the distribution system, poor farming practices and little concern about fresh, healthy, AFFORDABLE food consumption.  Impoverished families, people living in lower class neighborhoods and high concentrated populations find it easier and more affordable to buy hot pockets, processed cheeses and bagged chips because fresh produce and locally produced meats/cheeses are unaffordable and seldom available in ghettos, poor neighborhoods and low-cost shopping centers.  Take back what you can!  Try to buy locally produced foods, if they’re too expensive from your own or go to a farmers’ market.  My husband and I raise chickens and pass out the eggs to our friends and co-workers.  We grow a few crops in 5 gallon buckets because the ground and weather patterns in Laramie, Wyoming aren’t very conducive to growing most plants.  People can’t believe how fun and easy it is to raise chickens, produce and harvest food for oneself.

Next time you eat something, think about where it came from, how it actually came into existence and how it came to be in your hands.  Practice mindful consumerism! As you shop, while you eat, each time you take in information, be mindful, ask questions, be aware of where your food comes from, be aware of what you put into your body and mind.  Strive to minimize the distance between your foods’ source and your table.  Try baking your own bread, growing your own basil, making your own butter.  You’ll be surprised how accomplished and satisfying it can be to produce food for yourself!

Even a small step is a step in the right direction.  Buy local, grow your won or join a crop share!  Let’s not make sustainability/green practices a trend, let’s make it a way of life!  — Ashley Wilberding

I am the chosen one because I see what is best in myself and others and I’ve made it my mission to spread the word! — Erin Durbin Sherer

I AM THE CHOSEN ONE BECAUSE SOMEHOW…ROWLEY CHOSE ME.–CARLY LAWS

My daughter chose me to do this.  I have been knitting in the background for over 50 years. — Georgia Morgan

I am the chosen one because my daughter, Susannah, chose to be born to me.  She was a very much-wanted and blessed pregnancy.  In growing together, we have taught each other many things:  I taught her how to knit wrong, and she, in turn, has shown me how to knit correctly.  I thank the universe for each day we share.  The embroidery is a stargazer lily.  Her name means lily.– Jan Bartz

I have a friend who lives in New Zealand.  We share a birthday, although she is a year younger than me.  We “met” online, through a website and a shared love of cats and humor.  I was able to meet her in person when my husband and I visited NZ a couple of years ago.  I always thought I’d see her again when we go back someday, or when she visited the States, but I’m not going to get that chance.

She is going to die soon of metastatic breast cancer, probably within a few months, at the age of 41.

So I have knitted my square in her honor.  I knitted in a pocket, and made a button from a piece of shell that I brought back from our trip.  I had some different ideas about what to put in that pocket, but I have decided to leave it empty, to represent the cure that does not exist; the years of life that she will not have; and the friendship that I will miss greatly when she is gone.  –TessM, for KimKiwi

I was chosen to love and to laugh.– Randi Petrauskas Harris

To build community through observation, listening, and inspiration. –Kelly Saxton

I am the chosen flower child who finds 4 leaf clovers.  My parents named me after a flower and I feel it gives me a special connection to all things botanical.  For as long as I can remember I have always found 4 leaf clovers.  When I was a child, my dad and I used sit in the grass and scan the green for hours looking for them.  Suddenly one would just pop out to me.  My dad would commend me with pride and awe.  It has always been like that.  The 4 leaf clovers seem to jump out at me as I am walking by.  They pop out as I am casually glancing down at a parking strip or from a weedy patch in the park.  I know there are others with this talent too.  They scoff at me when I claim to have a rare gift; it too is a common occurrence for them.   However, I like to feel I am special with my gift and I am the only chosen flower child who finds 4 leaf clovers. — Lupin Hill Hipp

I am the chosen one because I am still here. — Emma Coleman

I am the Chosen One because I am trying to make this crazy life I have on Earth as full and wonderful as I possibly can. I have the best family and most sincere and genuine friends that truly care about me and inspire me. I strive to be creative and help people. – Sarah Thornton

I am chosen to leave a splash of bright color wherever I am.  And if the color comes in the form of laughter all the better. — Shelly Williams

I am King of the Trees. I am the Treemeister. — Cameron Kilpatrick

I am the chosen one as you and everyone is the chosen one. We are all choosen to be here, now, to do our specific job or task or contribution to the world for the world, the planet, at this time as prearranged between ourselves and the All There Is , Or God. I am choosen to help bring in light, change and to help keep us grounded. Blessings to all.– Brenda Jamsgard