Warm Hats Not Hot Heads
Sunday January 23rd 2011, 12:09 am
Filed under: Politics,Warm Hats Not Hot Heads

Sample letter, feel free to use or not when you send yours in:

Dear (Congressperson),

This hat was hand knit for you by me, ____; I live in ___. I wanted to show you that I appreciate the work you do for those of us whom you serve in the House/Senate.

I knitted it as part of a campaign among knitters for Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads. 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.

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.


(And then the imp in me is tempted to add, It’s not all about running…)

Ed. to add: Ellen at twinset.us is keeping tally on who’s getting one/who needs one.

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A beautiful letter which I will be proud to send along with my hats to those who can make a positive difference, if they are willing.

Comment by Jody 01.23.11 @ 7:29 am

I agree with Jody.

Comment by kris 01.23.11 @ 8:27 am

Love the name and the letter. I think a hat will be my travel project next weekend.

Comment by Channon 01.23.11 @ 8:52 am

I love that imp.
I’m trying to finish up my first hat today.

Comment by twinsetellen 01.23.11 @ 10:13 am

Thank you Alison, with your permission I will use your wording (why mess with something perfect?) when I send in my hat.

Comment by karin maag-tanchak 01.23.11 @ 10:43 am

That is a very well written letter. If that doesn’t get the message across, they’re not bright enough to represent you! Great name for the campaign, too. “Be the change you want to see”, and that you are, Alison.

Wishing all the campaigners the best of luck!

Comment by tinebeest 01.23.11 @ 1:46 pm

I don’t have any hats, but that is a very well written letter. Maybe it will get some attention.

Comment by Don Meyer 01.23.11 @ 2:02 pm

My first hat is done…and I’ve fished one out of my completed objects that I’ve not worn!

Comment by twinsetjan 01.23.11 @ 3:02 pm

Perfect. Just perfect. Now, off to make a fairly large one for each of my Senators… 😉

Comment by Pegi 01.23.11 @ 6:05 pm

You could even slip it into the metaphor – running stitches are a bad thing, they selfishly destroy the fabric of the whole in order to get to the end faster 😉

Comment by Jocelyn 01.23.11 @ 6:58 pm

Okey doke. I have the hat. I now have the letter. How do we let “whomever” know where we sent the hat? My daughter TOLD me I was sending to LoBiondo (R Assembly NJ). Does anyone want a picture of the hat too? Inquiring minds want to know!

Comment by afton 01.24.11 @ 6:07 am

PS I added. “the hat is purple because “red” and “blue” make purple, just as both major political parties make up our government.”

Comment by afton 01.24.11 @ 6:35 am

It makes a lot more sense to me now, with your letter. Before I just didn’t grok it.
Still, I will devote my efforts to warming the heads of the homeless in Ypsilanti, but I hope your project has the effect you wish.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 01.25.11 @ 12:42 pm

What a wonderful letter! Thank you for writing it; I’ll send a copy with my hat(s).

Comment by kmkat 02.01.11 @ 7:25 pm

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