As I mentioned before, I jumped into this project with both feet and all my needles. I knit one hat and plan to knit one more by next weekend. But I had several other hats hanging around in the "to be donated" basket, and what better use could they have?
I have worn several of them on occasion, but after a good soak in Eucalan — which none of them had had before — they are good as new. (There is one more hiding on the shelf below.)
There is still time for any of you to whip out a hat and let twinsetellen know to whom you plan to send it. As of today she has people signed up to send hats to 20% of Congress! That's a lot of hats and a lot of knitters!
Yesterday I drafted the letter that will accompany the hats I will send. It was cut and pasted together from Ellen's and Alison's examples.
February 22, 2011
Congress[wo]man The Honorable* Xxxxx Xxxxxxx
Dear Congress[wo]man Senator / Representative* Xxxxxxxx:
I knit this hat for you; I live in xxx in Wisconsin District 7. Many of your colleagues will also be receiving hats from knitters of all political stripes and from all around the nation. We wanted to show you that we appreciate the work you do for those of us whom you serve in the House.
I knitted it as part of a campaign among knitters for Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads (more information at http://twinset.us/?page_id=3736). We are from many political backgrounds. We want those who engage in angry and even vicious public rhetoric to stop speaking for us in those ways. We want civility in Congress. We are choosing to give hours of our time silently to be able to give you a visible, tangible, heartfelt symbol of our desire for respecting and honoring one another within our government – and to thank you for doing your best.
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 everyday comfort to me and to many other Americans if the airwaves were free of hate-filled rhetoric, and it would help lead to good government. As I am sure you will agree, everyone can use good government.
Each stitch is individual. Each stitch depends on every other stitch within that hat being present for it to be able to do its job where it is of creating comfort and warmth. I wish you the best in your work and thank you for your service to us all.
P.S. If you are not able to use this hat yourself, please donate it to a worthy charity. There are many that help the homeless and underserved, and I would like to know that the hat is keeping someone warm.
* The Google showed me the proper way to address such a letter.
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It is melting here this weekend.
Do you know how hard it is to photograph a melting drop in the air? This is the best I got out of over 20 shots. I even investigated the "Continuous" mode on my new camera. It worked just like it was supposed to, but I still failed to capture the desired shot. You will have to settle for a drop almost ready to come off.
That is a very unique hat project! And Hannibal is probably impressed, just hiding it well like cats do.
I have a hat all ready to go . . . for my own Congressman. What a fun project, n’est ce pas?
Tricky, tricky shot. I am SO READY for the melting (and so happy that it’s happening!)
I’ve a good start on Hat #2 — should be complete sometime this week!
Thank you so much! For the hats, for helping get the word out and helping us keep the balls of yarn rolling.
The best I’ve gotten is a frozen drop of water (like in an ice storm). You need a really responsive (and fast) trigger to get the drop falling. I imagine it would take a lot failures and one lucky break.
(Nice letter for the hats.)