That's right. I'm going to talk about knitting! I'm also going to talk about politics -- in the way that I always talk about politics here and that's by not actually talking about politics. The best way for me to talk about politics here is to mix it up with the knitting and let my needles do the talking.
I don't remember exactly where, but I read about this project last week and filed it in the back of my brain under "Wouldn't That Be Something?" Now, I have been blogging for almost seven years -- but not just blogging... In those seven years I've become part of an online community of knitters and, oh! my goodness, I have come to know some of the most amazing people in the world -- people who also happen to knit (and/or crochet and/or spin) -- and I have been witness to, participant in, and even recipient of some of the most amazing things in the world dreamed up and accomplished by knitters. From knitting kitty beds or blanket squares for those in need of comfort to raising enough money for a fresh start or over a million dollars for worldwide relief. Uh-huh.
It really could be something!
So, in a nutshell: Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads is a knitters' campaign to restore civility in politics begun by knitbloggers Twinsetellen and SpinDyeKnit. The idea is to knit hats -- which embody the concept of every stitch working for the common good -- for every Senator and member of Congress to illustrate the desire for our representatives to put down the poison pens and take up the business of crafting solutions to the various problems and challenges facing our country.
I love how Ellen put it in the letter she's enclosing with each hat she sends (paraphrasing):
Why a hat? A knit hat is an everyday comfort that meets a simple need for warmth. Everyone can use a good hat.
Civil political discourse also meets a simple need -- the need for government to have the best information and insight from many viewpoints. It would be an everyday comfort to me and many others if the airwaves were free of hate-filled political rhetoric, and it would lead to good government. Everyone can use good government.
Everyone can use a good hat. Everyone can use good government.
You can read more about it at the links above; there are also groups on Ravelry and on Facebook.
I am currently well underway -- after two failed attempts -- with my current project, so I will not be starting my hats until that is complete. Today is the start of a three-day weekend and I have a million things to do, but I'm thinking that I'll be working on hats by Super Bowl time, at the latest.
Lastly, today is National Wear Red Day.