origami cranes

Last week I happened to be downtown by the Ace Hotel, which was displaying Seann McKeel’s Knitnotwar 1000 project. This is based on the legend that if you fold 1000 origami cranes, your wish will be granted. Wishes are traditionally for health or peace. The twist in this project is that the cranes are knitted and felted yarn instead of folded paper.


A closer look shows that they’re not crisp like a traditional origami crane.


But they’re pretty, anyway.


I like the novelty yarn on the one in the center.

I didn’t participate in this project; I know it was years in the making. But it reminded me of a project I spearheaded several years ago, for the pastor of our church at that time. The goal was to have the congregation fold 1000 paper cranes as a wish for his health and healing, and to have it be a surprise. We ended up with about 2000 cranes.

2000 cranes for David

He was very moved when we presented these to him. He didn’t recover his health, but he was heartened by this sign of love and affection. A little bird can mean a lot!

10 responses to “origami cranes

  1. cool – maybe you saw the ones i knitted…3 years ago! 🙂

  2. I made 16 of them for Knit Purl. I’ll have to go down and see if I can spot any of them. 😉

  3. I love collaborative project such as this…a tremendous effort to share your good invention and wishes with someone you care. Beautiful pictures.

  4. Gosh – both projects are so beautiful – both in the concept and the the final appearance – and many congrats to (ex)CollegeDude

  5. What a great idea – and very pretty!

  6. Very beautiful! I remember when my daughter read the lovely book Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes. They read it as a class after 9/11 and embarked on making the cranes.

  7. I’ve always loved the story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. What a kind gesture!

  8. Wow, those are beautiful.

  9. Hi there, I am planning a trip to Portland at the end of July beginning of August. I am an Ex Portlander 😦 so I know my way around except the yarn shops. I have been to Close Knits on Alberta and to Twisted on Broadway are there others I must simply see? What of that DIY yarn dye store? I hate to trouble you so any info is a great help Thank you so much