Good morning Thursday! What a week it's been -- AGAIN! Time to check the zodiac again, I think! Lots of exclamations over and over!
But today I'm a bit tired and I'm a bit late in writing the blog. The timing was good for receiving a request from India, who used to work at my local yarn shop Kaleidoscope, to help to spread the word about a fun knitting initiative entitled Warm Hats Not Hot Heads, the knitters' campaign to help restore civility in politics. This initiative was begun by two fellow knitbloggers Twinset and SpinDyeKnit. Several other bloggers have recently posted about this, too. There's a group on Ravelry and also on Facebook.
The idea is to knit hats--which embody the concept of every stitch working for the common good--for every member of Congress and every Senator, to illustrate our 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.
So far there are enough hats committed to cover 14% of Congress, but we would love to see that tally rise.
As I was getting set to write this post, I did a wee bit of Googling, and I saw this initiative discussed with Jon Stewart's The Daily Show attached to it! I got pretty excited and clicked through. It was only a forum posting, though, the response to which -- "Is your message serious or satire? I can't figure which." -- cracked me up.
WE ARE KNITTERS. YEAH, MAN, WE.ARE.SERIOUS! DO NOT MESS WITH THE KNITTERS. WE WILL KNIT-GRAFFITI ALL OVER YOUR ARSE!
Taken from the Ravelry Group Page: Warm Hats Not Hot Heads is an initiative started by spindyeknit and twinsetellen as a response to the increase we’ve seen in hate-filled political rhetoric in recent years. Whatever one's own political beliefs, we believe that they can and should be discussed with the idea that those with opposing beliefs are not enemies, and that this attitude will enable the United States to move forward with better outcomes for all.
Knitters are invited to knit one or more hats for their congresspeople (or for representatives or Senators who haven’t yet had a hat knit for them) as a concrete way of saying that soft words are powerful and that their service is appreciated.
So knitters and crocheters, take up your needles and your hooks. Make a hat for your political representative. Their heads are cold. Are you in?