Anna Eshoo is wonderful!
Saturday March 05th 2011, 8:22 pm
Filed under: Warm Hats Not Hot Heads

I got just the best thank you note today in the mail. Opened the envelope, a big grin on my face, and read a signed-by-hand note:

Dear Ms. Hyde,

Thank you so much for the very lovely hat knitted by you. Your “Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads” campaign is an extraordinarily creative way to encourage civility in Congress, and I’m so pleased that you and your friends have undertaken it. I will continue to do my best to promote courteous and constructive dialogue in Congress, and I thank you again for your warm and wonderful gift.

Most gratefully,

Anna Eshoo

Member of Congress


I tell you.  She completely made my day.

Ellen has some good ideas here on continuing the campaign, and again, the spreadsheet is here on who’s covered so far/who isn’t in Congress yet as far as we know.

But don’t let that limit you. Anyone else whom you’d like to take the message to by sending them a handknit hat and a note, the more we do, the greater the impact.

I confess to having made one a week ago that I thought was going to go to Congress, but it refused my efforts to pick out a name. It just wouldn’t go. Then a conversation with another knitter led to my sending it to her to give to someone in her statehouse–the person it clearly had been meant for all along, there was no question.

Sometimes it pays to just go with the flow when a thing demands to be knit: it will tell you when it’s ready and you will know.

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What a fabulous thank you note! I’m finished one and 1/2 way thru another today.

Comment by Knitnana 03.05.11 @ 8:52 pm

That whole “yarn knows what it wants to be” is why a doll sweater is languishing in timeout, and a tiny beret from the selfsame yarn is nearly finished.

Comment by Lynn 03.05.11 @ 10:06 pm

How nice (and curteous 🙂 ) to send you a note of appreciation.

I assume that soon the senators and members of congress are going to start asking each other if they got a hat from their local knitter yet, and then next thing you know they’ll be comparing them in the corridors 🙂 Much much better than figuring out how to get the next war started or steal your pensions and health care.

Comment by tinebeest 03.06.11 @ 12:50 am

Excellent! Once you’ve finished with politicians maybe you could take on the political commentators in the media, or should I say “so-called media”.

Comment by LynnM 03.06.11 @ 2:52 am

Very well done thank you note! I applaud her civility!

Comment by afton 03.06.11 @ 6:37 am

As a constituent of Anna Eshoo’s,I’m not surprised by her response. Once when we were back in D.C. her office staff too excellent care of us when we visited Capitol Hill.

Looks like Parker is saying, “Hi, grandma!”

Comment by Don Meyer 03.06.11 @ 11:09 am

How wonderful! She clearly “got” it!

Comment by twinsetellen 03.06.11 @ 2:04 pm


No coincidences… Guess whom I need to call this week for yet another reason? 😉

Comment by Channon 03.07.11 @ 5:20 pm

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