Shades of gray and red and green and gold


That's right. I'm going to talk about knitting! I'm also going to talk about politics -- in the way that I always talk about politics here and that's by not actually talking about politics. The best way for me to talk about politics here is to mix it up with the knitting and let my needles do the talking.

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I'm going to knit warm hats for a couple of guys from Wisconsin -- one for Senator Herb Kohl and the other for Congressman Reid Ribble -- as part of the Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads project.

I don't remember exactly where, but I read about this project last week and filed it in the back of my brain under "Wouldn't That Be Something?" Now, I have been blogging for almost seven years -- but not just blogging... In those seven years I've become part of an online community of knitters and, oh! my goodness, I have come to know some of the most amazing people in the world -- people who also happen to knit (and/or crochet and/or spin) -- and I have been witness to, participant in, and even recipient of some of the most amazing things in the world dreamed up and accomplished by knitters. From knitting kitty beds or blanket squares for those in need of comfort to raising enough money for a fresh start or over a million dollars for worldwide relief. Uh-huh.

That's over $1,000,000 for WORLDWIDE relief.

It really could be something!

So, in a nutshell: Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads is a knitters' campaign to restore civility in politics begun by knitbloggers Twinsetellen and SpinDyeKnit. The idea is to knit hats -- which embody the concept of every stitch working for the common good -- for every Senator and member of Congress to illustrate the 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.

I love how Ellen put it in the letter she's enclosing with each hat she sends (paraphrasing):

Why a hat? A knit hat is an everyday comfort that meets a simple need for warmth. Everyone can use a good hat.

Civil political discourse also meets a simple need -- the need for government to have the best information and insight from many viewpoints. It would be an everyday comfort to me and many others if the airwaves were free of hate-filled political rhetoric, and it would lead to good government. Everyone can use good government.

Everyone can use a good hat. Everyone can use good government.

You can read more about it at the links above; there are also groups on Ravelry and on Facebook.

I am currently well underway -- after two failed attempts -- with my current project, so I will not be starting my hats until that is complete. Today is the start of a three-day weekend and I have a million things to do, but I'm thinking that I'll be working on hats by Super Bowl time, at the latest.

Lastly, today is National Wear Red Day.



Love it! Knitters. . . takin' it to the streets! Gonna join the movement and knit some hats!


I'm wearing my red! How could I not!?
You are one of the amazing people I've met in Blogland. We have supported many great causes in our 7 years! Way to go Vicki!


Sounds like a really great idea. I would like to know the pattern for the hat in the picture, please! ;-)


Darn it, I meant to link that hat! The pattern is "Seaman's Cap" by Brenda Zuk -- here on my Ravelry page!




Vicki! I'm so glad you're joining us!

And yay, for that National Wear Red day - I'm wearing mine, too...
That Seaman's Cap pattern is wonderful, I've made many of them, and the one you're showing is scrumptious!


Thank you Vicki!

gale (she shoots sheep shots)

I'm doing this too, it's just an excellent effort all aroundt. So glad you wrote about it!!

PS didn't know it was wear red day. I thought I was wearing nice busines-like black until I went into a very brightly lit restroom on a job and found I was wearing a lot of lint & dog hair....


You realize I'd have to knit a hat for SCOTT BROWN, right?


Only you can discern that for sure, but you might want to read AlisonH (SpinDyeKnit)'s story about knitting a hat for someone she didn't really like: http://spindyeknit.com/2011/01/knitting-for-civil-discourse-in-congress-and-a-story/



Good for you, Vicki! I am knitting a hat for Ron Johnson, our other senator and was feeling a little guilt that I hadn't also picked Herb Kohl. I plan to tell Johnson and Sean Duffy, our congressman who is also getting a hat from me, that I voted for their opponents.

I love that hat pattern -- it is my go-to.


I'm going to join the project, too. But I voted for both my rep and my senator, and like both of them. Can I send a hat, with that message to Boehner, Brown, Michele whoever, or any of the governmental killjoys? (Not that I'd mind sending Barbara Boxer a hat, but she already has that message covered.)


I love all the creative ways handworkers come up with to come together, give to the community, and make a point. I would love it if the hats came with little documentary film crews who would tell the stories of what became of all the hats that (hopefully) these elected officials are suddenly confronted with. I would totally watch that movie.


I love this idea! I wonder if there's a similar initiative in Canada... we could use some of the same civil discourse I think. thanks for posting about it!

Can't wait for Sunday (go Packers) and a simple hat sounds just about right for game time knitting.


Those colours in your hat are just amazing. And I love the lighting in your photograph too, I wish I knew how to do that. I try so hard with my knitting photography - I'm like one of those people - all the gear. no idea!

Great politidcan inititative, the power of grassroots ideas are often underestimated.


Thank you for spreading the good word!

And @Carole: well, it would be easy to pick a color for him, at least.

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