About Us

We are Hanane and Katie. A Muslim and a Jew. Now people will think we have nothing in common and we don’t like each other, right?? Wrong. We met last year at a knit along swap and instantly, became friends. It started by discussing knitting, moved onto our respective religions, and then books, music, families and the mudane day to day life issues. Then the mention of a blog came up. The perfect idea!! Let’s teach people (even if it is only ONE person) that Jews and Muslims can get along, and even better, have things in common!!! So there you have it, our story. Please feel free to ask us questions or join in the discussion. (Remember all comments are moderated. This is not a place for hate!!)

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28 thoughts on “About Us

  1. geckogrrl says:

    What an awesome idea! I love the fact that you both were drawn to each other by the thread of knitting…

  2. Mine says:

    Hi
    I liked the way of your works.Hand in hand for The WORLD PEACE…
    It’s really GREAT! If I can help you I’m here..and wait for your comments. Ok?

  3. Bette Mazo says:

    What a beautiful idea. I am Jewish and there is so much Friction between us,
    that this is such a wonderful idea.
    Just Great, keep on going.

  4. mshanane says:

    Thanks Bette for stopping by…I am glad you found us. We are very good friends and love each other very much as sisters in humanity. We just want the world to know that it is possible to promote peace one person at a time.

  5. Katie says:

    Thanks for your comments! And I echo my dear friend Hanane’s sentiments!!! I am looking forward to making this blog a place of tolerance and peace…oh and knitting too!!

  6. a says:

    Hanane,
    I think we need to take a poll to see how many Jewish friends you actually have. I think you have more than I do, and I am Jewish! I love you girl! You always are and always will be on my mind. I have learned so much from you, about you and about myself from you!
    hugs,
    A

  7. ~Rachel~ says:

    How wonderful… an inspirational reason to start a blog for sure 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  8. Carol says:

    I am Jewish, and have friends of different faiths and cultures. I greatly appreciate that you started this blog. By not pre-judging people, I have made some wonderful friends. I recently started knitting again after many years. I am learning to branch out and make sweaters, hats, gloves, socks, etc. after making scarves many years ago. It is relaxing, and I have made a lot of new friends.

    Hanae, your pattern for the headband is great. Katie, the bracelet you bragged on is awesome. Two talented ladies.

  9. Janicke says:

    Thank you for doing this!!! It’s about time people start communicating instead of arguing about beliefs. We all have more in common than we think. I’m not very religious myself, but by tradition I’m member of the protestant church in Norway, as most people here. However, I think religion is the cause of many problems in the world. We have to learn to respect one another, and it must be a two-way respect. Love your knitting patterns!!! I invite you to take a look at my blog, even though it is in norwegian. Might be fun to look at the photographs…

  10. Becky29 says:

    I love it! Beautiful.

  11. Sandra Cleary says:

    I am thrilled to have found your blog! It’s demoralizing watching the news and you two just spilled a big ray of sunshine over me! I grew up Italian-Catholic with immigrant parents who were very open minded to all cultures and faiths. My mom was an avid knitter so it makes me so happy that you are changing things one person at a time through a common love. Keep it up. I’m excited to explore this blog further. Shalom. Peace be with you. Sandra

  12. Hanane, I am the one with the knitted cats! I love the message of your blog! I am not Jewish or Muslim, and what difference does it make anyway? We are all the same and it is nice to share our love for the art of knitting and other things with other wonderful human beings!

    Nice blog!

    the lazy knitter
    http://easyknittingpatterns.blogspot.com/

  13. mshanane says:

    Thank you everyone for the comments on this segment on our blog.

    We believe that one day when we are old women or perhaps when our children both biological and “adopted” are sitting on their front porches knitting with their grandkids that all the anger in world over the different faiths especially the problem between our two will be over and a thing of the past because of people like us. People who are building bridges small foot bridges but bridges none the less. That connect the two faiths and heal one small gap at a time, and that others can look and go hey, if they can do it so can we. And besides we know women can heal the world given a chance. Right?!

  14. nigar says:

    dear hanane and katie,

    I came across your website while searching for patterns online. its wonderful to see that amidst all the differences between different religeons your blog is one of the many rays of light and hope that shine through. I am from India, and I am born a Hindu and have married a Muslim.

    Keep up the great work. Even a small difference is of great significance.

  15. familysecret says:

    Dear Knitters,

    You excite the very fibers of our being. Our heartstrings are tugged by your respect and resolve. We’re all tangled up inside thanks to you. Can we be friends?

    Love,
    Your Family Secret

    familysecret.wordpress.com
    Where good ideas mix with bad ideas and mutations are inevitable.

  16. Daniel says:

    A friend forwarded me this link. What a wonderfull website! I work for the Dallas Peace Center and am an avid knitter. I tried earlier this year to start a knitting for peace group and couldn’t get enough interest. If you ever decide to start a group please let me know.

  17. Coyote Kid says:

    Coyote Kid (Asst. Welcomer at The Wild Frontier) has dropped by to leave his paw-print and to to say “Welcome!”. Your blog is a wonderful idea. Good luck!

  18. Just stopping by to say, Welcome to The Wild Frontier! 🙂

  19. I will add my thanks and admiration.

    The way to real peace in a world of different people is not to ignore our differences and isolate into ghettos of similarity, but to speak to one another in our differences as brothers and sisters. I applaud your effort and know that your lives will be richer for it (as they already are)…

    God’s peace,
    Eric

  20. wayfarer says:

    🙂 Love it! Keep up the great work.

  21. Mavis says:

    You two are such an inspiration. I somehow lost my bookmark for your blog but it was so easy to find because of your unique friendship. So very sad to hear of your loss Katie. In the Christian tradition we are entering the season of Lent which is a time of self-denial, focus on relationships with God and each other, engagement with the world. In the Uniting Church in Australia the Lent Event programme invites us to give up some luxury (like coffee, chocolate etc) for approx 6 weeks and give the monetary equivalent to community development projects – currently in India, Zambia, Papua New Guinea, West Timor and Sudan. This afternoon I took my turn (for the first time) in providing flowers for our house of worship. I chose red and yellow flowers in a black vase – the colours of the Aboriginal Australian flag to mark the expected apology next week, from our Prime Minister to Aboriginal peoples, for past policies which undermined family integrity and cultural identity for generations. All this connecting of course to your commitment to peace between people. And yes – I do knit and seek to share my creations in a way that builds relationships. Thank you so much for your inspiration. Mavis

  22. MaryR says:

    Good to see! I want to learn to knit but tie my hands in a knot :(. MsHanane, I believe I remember you from Oklahoma City about 100 years ago.

  23. Jon Yusoff says:

    Salam Mshanane,

    I am glad that you posted this link in one of the tatting groups. Otherwise I would not have found this.

    What you and Katie are doing is wonderful. I think that there are a lot of mistrusts that stem from not understanding or refusing to understand one another. What a lot of wasted energy when there are a lot of positive values that are common amongst all religious belief that can be built upon for the benefit of everyone.

    I am not a knitter but I like tatting a lot. I am bookmarking your blog so that I can follow your conversation and thoughts.

    Jon

  24. Susan says:

    Gosh, if only all of us could find one person we are not supposed to like and build a bridge, how different the world could be! Kudos to the two of you for doing it, and for blogging about all the things you both love.

  25. Grete says:

    Hello MsHanane and Katie!

    I want to be your friend. I am neither a moslem or a jew. I am a woman who are against aggressive war. But I mean it is fair to defend oneself if someone attck you to oppress you or hurt you terribly.
    I like that you have been brave to open this site.

    Best wishes from Grete in Norway

  26. Sita says:

    Hi,
    I came here via your question on Stitching fingers on Chicken scratch.You have a great blog.It is always soothing ,comforting to read about Peace,even in normal times;one needn’t ask what it is in troubled times as these.In my opinion ,it all comes down to the pronoun one chooses to define themselves and those in their surroundings- ‘us’ or ‘them’. This is the line betweeen peace and war ; love and hate. Here’s to a World without Borders.
    Bestwishes from India.

  27. Kate Haines says:

    My sister’s husband was born Jewish and my brother’s son became Muslim.
    Thank you for providing one more arena to demonstrate that the peoples of this world have more in common than we realize. There is so much to learn and see about all of us. Thank you

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