Dear Alison (Jan is away in Jamaica, so this one’s for you),
As far as the campaign goes, we are, I believe, establishing cred. We still have a long way to go, but we more than doubled the number of hats we had committed over the last few days from 2% to 5% of the total number needed to cover Congress. More importantly, I’m already starting to see change.
It’s a little like watching buds respond to the returning light, a barely discernible swelling and coloration that bodes good things. I’m hearing knitters who, a week ago, said they could never knit a hat for Representative X because they disagree so vehemently with their politics, quietly move to needing to knit for that particular person. I’m hearing other knitters say that just by thinking about what hat to knit for that politician for whom they’d never vote, that person has become more of, well, a person to them. And I’m experiencing exactly the same thing myself.
(There is also another hat in the works, more on that tomorrow when I hope to lay out the final details on the campaign for our wonderful knitters after you and I chat.)
Love to you and all the generous knitters out there,
P.P.S. Don’t forget to check in on the Ravelry group, Warm Hats Not Hot Heads , for great discussion.