Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Warm Hats Not Hot Heads

Knitters are bound together by the fact that we like to make things with yarn, but we run the spectrum in terms of race, religion, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, and political leanings.

Recently though, a couple knitters were troubled by the lack of civility many politicians have shown.  It doesn't matter if you lean left or right; we (hopefully) all want our elected leaders to act like adults.

To that end, they began the Warm Hats Not Hot Heads campaign in which they encouraged knitters to adopt a congressperson and knit a hat in his/her honor.  You can either mail the hat directly to the representative, or you can mail a photo letting him/her know that this handmade hat has been donated in his/her honor.

photo courtesy of Rep. Carson's website

Sign me up.

I used Google Images to try to get a feel for my representative's style and found that his style seems to be Black Business Suit.  So I pulled out some black wool and made him a cabled hat.  I made it extra long because he's a big guy with a bald head, and he needs his ears covered.

I have no idea whether Andre Carson will wear this hat or not, but even if he doesn't, I hope it serves as a reminder that he has constituents who care enough about the work he does to take a few days and knit him something warm.


  1. Very cool. Thank you for being part of this!

  2. Another Warm Hats Not Hot Heads knitter! You can see Ellen Silva, the co-founder of this effort, here: