How did we miss him?!
Wednesday September 05th 2012, 10:55 pm
Filed under: Politics,Warm Hats Not Hot Heads

Did you hear that!? Knitters?! I sent messages to Ellen and India.

Emanual Cleaver, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and a House Rep from Missouri, got up before the Democratic National Convention today and proclaimed, “We need warm hearts. Not. Hot. Heads!”

I was stunned. Thrilled.  He cribbed our line! Cool! They DID notice in Congress!

I immediately wondered, who knit his? Surely he got one (and that if he didn’t we needed to fix that fast.) So many of us knitters made those hats for members of Congress in our campaign last year to get them to cooperate with each other in mutual respect and kindness, to say to them that no matter who we each were in our own politics, we wanted to make a statement that the too-dominant lack of mutual respect did not represent us well and, as I liked to think of it, we wanted them to put a lid on it.

Some thought it a waste of time. Some just didn’t have the time just then. Some did one, maybe two, with each one making a difference: how many people ever see, much less get offered, a handknit hat, and created just for them? Some threw themselves into the cause. The more hats that arrived, the greater the sense in the thank-you notes that came that, at least in some offices, our voices and our stitches were being received warmly.

Gratitude makes the hearts grow fonder.

I found Ellen’s spreadsheet. We got all the members of the Senate but not of the House and somehow Representative Cleaver didn’t seem to get one.  Wouldn’t it be great to help him reiterate his point that was our own all along? Wouldn’t it be great to send him a box of handknit hats to pass around, or maybe to send to the people that were missed last time around, but at least, we’ve got to have one for him. I think I might have some wool around here somewhere….

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Excellent idea. Bet those fingers won’t stop moving until his hat is done!

Comment by LynnM 09.06.12 @ 12:21 am

I wasn’t sure how up-to-date the spreadsheet was, so I stopped after 6. I have a lavender colored lace beret already made I can send if you want to suggest a name….

Comment by Patience 09.06.12 @ 3:48 am

A chuckle here. I wonder if my husband heard that comment. LOL. I did get one thank you back–so I keep hoping that at least one got our message.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 09.06.12 @ 7:15 am

its those little drops of water making up the mighty river!

Comment by Bev 09.06.12 @ 8:27 am

That’s the one time you just love plagiarism.

Comment by Don Meyer 09.06.12 @ 9:26 am

I didn’t know about this when the initiative was announced. I checked the spreadsheet; one Senator and my Congressman’s hat appears to have been delivered, but our other Senator and the remaining Congressional representatives didn’t get theirs. I’ll take care of that.

Comment by Debbi 09.06.12 @ 9:50 am

P.S. I absolutely LOVED Cleaver’s speech. Am loving the whole convention, actually, and am FIRED UP!

Comment by Debbi 09.06.12 @ 9:51 am

Love it!! What a difference knitters make… you make!

Comment by Channon 09.06.12 @ 12:29 pm

What a thrill! Even if it is circumstance that he used the same wording, we can make sure he knows he resonated with us. I’ll be casting on for another hat, too. 🙂

Comment by twinsetellen 09.07.12 @ 3:00 pm

That is wonderful validation!

Comment by Diana Troldahl 09.07.12 @ 4:16 pm

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