It was great to see your bag of hats ready to be mailed. I had a similar pile, and I’m hearing from so many of the knitters who signed on to knit that they, too, have gotten their hats mailed or hand delivered.
Even as I am sending out one more hat (a beautiful tam knit by Susan!), the responses are starting to come in! Bonniebeth reports receiving a thank you letter, specifically for the hat and the message, and Kathleen even received a thank you phone call from the Representative to whom she sent a hat. Alison has had several great experiences with staffers joyfully accepting hats for their bosses. Dozens of knitters have felt the satisfaction of making a small but meaningful effort to increase civility in the U.S. political system. It would be great to just keep this going and going…if I didn’t really need to focus on my day job a bit. But this is too good to just drop, so here is what I’m thinking.
- Knitters have committed hats to cover 100% of the Senate and nearly 50% of the overall Congress.
- Many knitters have knit hats for congresspeople outside of their own district or even state. This gave us the coverage we wanted so that conversations could start within the halls of the Capitol building. At the same time, we know that our elected officials pay most attention to those who can vote for them come November.
- The job of keeping track of commitments to knit, choosing people for whom others should knit, etc., has grown beyond what I can fit into my life. It’s time to make this self-maintaining to some degree.
SO….here is what we will do. We’re going to make this more manageable for me, more meaningful for each hat sent, and more lasting by making it bigger. Yep, bigger.
I now invite knitters and crocheters everywhere to stitch a hat for anyone who they’d like to thank for being a role model for civility or who may need a reminder that civility is the right path forward. Do please check the tracker and see if your own U.S. Representative has had a hat yet – it would be awesome to eventually cover 100% of the House as well as the Senate – but don’t feel like you have to knit for someone you can’t vote for.
Who to knit for?
- How about a second hat (or third or fourth) for your congresspeople if someone else knit their first one?
- How about that television pundit who makes your stomach hurt when they brandish opinion as fact and rile up fear instead of reason?
- How about your local politicians?
Please leave a comment on this blog AFTER you knit and mail your hat. I will track these on our Warm Hats Not Hot Heads Recipients List, over on the sidebar of this blog. You can also email me at (e DOTdon’tspellitout! silva AT comcast DOT net) or send me a private message on the WHNHH Ravelry group. I’m going to keep this up indefinitely, so feel free to send a hat this month, next month, or even next election cycle. Just let me know when you do.
Do feel free to discuss your plans to knit over on the Ravelry group – share ideas on how to expand the effort and who might need or deserve a hat. This is now the knitting public’s effort. I do ask that we stay civil ourselves – that is my only real requirement and I will moderate the group’s discussions with that in mind.
I hear from reliable sources that a hat is in the works for Stephen Colbert. Does that give you any ideas of whom you’d like to knit for?
Thanks for all the support on this.