Why a hat? Knit hats meet a simple need for warmth. They are an every day comfort. Everyone can use a good hat.
Civil political discourse also meets a simple need – the need for our government to have the best information and insights from many viewpoints. It would be an every day comfort to me and many other Americans if the airwaves were free of hate-filled rhetoric, and it would lead to good government. As I’m sure you agree, everyone can use good government.
Thank you for your service, and best regards,
P.S. More information about this effort, Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads can be found at http://twinset.us/?p=3732 or http://spindyeknit.com/2011/01/lets-change-the-world/.
That’s the letter I’m sending along with the hats I knit for my Senators and Congressman. I hope many other knitters will join in on our effort to introduce a bit more kindness into the political sphere with the delivery of handknits to our Congresspeople.
Edited 1/31/11 to reflect slight changes to the WHNHH campaign – read them in full in the page on the blog sidebar.
Here is what you need to know. Knit a hat, a nice hat, out of materials you would be happy to wear. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be any color and any pattern. Write an accompanying note to express why you knit the hat. You are welcome to adapt my note to your use, or check Alison’s blog for her note which she will be posting soon. Please keep your note positive and short for maximum impact. Mail your hat to the congressperson of your choice. Prepare to mail your hat to the congressperson of your choice. We’ll all try to mail at once, and Alison and I will try to do some publicity to make sure the hats make it to the people for whom they are intended. To find your own House representative, check this website – https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml and to find your Senator, the website at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm will do the trick. Email me when you finish your hat and have it ready to mail so I can track which representatives have hats committed to them. If possible, send a photo or link to your Ravelry project so I can publish it here on the blog. And I’ll email with information about exactly when to send it on its way. Let’s try to finish this up by February 28. Were the houses of Congress located in Minnesota, we could continue till sometime in June, but I hear spring comes earlier in D.C. One exception to holding onto your hat for a bit – if you can find a meet your congressperson event in your area, please consider hand-delivering your hat to them and making it really personal! And please let us (Alison or myself) know that you’ve done that. That’s it, really. I will track the congresspeople for whom hats have been committed (click HERE to see the list of all congresspeople and who is knitting for them), so you might check to see if your reps have already been covered. If you’d like to send your hat directly to me and not even worry about writing a note, I’ll handle sending it to a congressperson who has yet to chosen. If you have any trouble at all, please email me (eDOTsilvaATcomcastDOTnet, PM me on Ravelry where I am twinsetellen, or comment here on the blog and I’ll help out.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the hat in progress, destined for my own Senator Amy Klobuchar, is Wooly Wormhead’s wonderful design, Turbine, knitted with the fabulous Briar Rose 4th of July. The nighttime picture is horrid – I’ll replace it soon with a better one, one that the pattern and the yarn deserve.
Thanks to all for their interest. Now let’s go make the world a warmer place!