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Friday, May 26, 2017

What's Next for Protest Hats in June?

As a new month approaches I want to quickly review the Marches and protests to come and also some hot (or hopefully not so hot) ideas to make an activism statement this summer.

     June is Pride Month.  Events are scheduled at different dates, the Pride March in D.C.  June 10th and here's one site with a rundown of other dates in different cities: Gay Pride Calendar.

A cooler option:

I think the above design can be used for a lot of different marches and themes, just adapting the color to the cause.

Rainbow PussyHat made by Rebecca Larson

     A lesser known cause  Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America asks people to wear ORANGE on June 2nd to take a stand against gun violence.  

     If there is time, whip up something simple for that day, a headband, armband or even orange PussyHat, or wear an orange bandana purchased.  But wear orange and look up their site to see if there is an action near you.  But even talking up against gun violence in your everyday life as people ask you why are you wearing your orange whatever is powerful.  

Another March on the immediate horizon is the March for Truth, June 3rd.  The organizers are encouraging Red, White and Blue and calling for: 


Hat by Kathleen Kargoll  

Forever the PussyHat will be eternal and anytime you can make it and wear it you are making an immediate statement for women.  A cooler option and totally subtle for the work place is the PussyHat pin.

     Cooler designs that can be adapted to any march -

A heads up for next July,

 an important march:

Impeachment March

July, 2, 2017

     Some really good patterns out there right now.  Some people are knitting in Red, White and Blue to reclaim the flag for the Liberals.  Others are using PEACH for, well the obvious reason, with great results.

       And I favor black because of the gravity of the situation and the death Trump is bringing to our country.  Potential death coming from his efforts to block Immigrants that are Muslims, rounding up Immigrants for deportation, or trying to push through new medical plans that will cut off 23 Million people from insurance benefits and raise medical costs beyond our means whether you are elderly, or have a pre-existing condition.

       He also is pushing for stopping funds for other countries in need, famine relief.  Literally serving nothing but coldness and uncaring to others instead of rice and other food and water.  Yesterday I listened to an excellent opinion in the New York Times by Colin Powell: "Colin Powell: American Leadership — We Can’t Do It for Free".  

     He also is bringing about death to our way of life, the American way of enveloping the hurting and people that are marginalized.  Standing for those who are in need and making a difference.  

     But instead he is pushing a selfish money focused "Me first", America First agenda. We are alienating our allies.  This country is being changed from life to death and to selfishness and hatred, before our eyes.  People will die because of this man if he isn't Impeached.  The America we love will die as we know it.

     Doing nothing is agreement with what is happening or grave blindness.  Make change, make an effort, do your share to protect what we have that is good.  Don't take it for granted, or else it will be lost, right before our eyes.

    Prior to over 50 years ago a common symbol of mourning was wearing the black armband over your left arm while you were in mourning.  It's now a symbol seen in movies recreating the past and is still carried on in some sports circles and for some in the military and police.  The black armband was also used in protests in the 60's to protest the Vietnam War.  Please consider wearing the black armband the day of the Impeachment March.

Please, do your part, together collectively we can and are making a difference.  

This time we will go down in the History books as making THE difference.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday's Yarns - Escape Reading and Knitting

I've been knitting on my Yellowstone Cardigan by WeAreKnitters.  It's a lovely soft cotton and a joy to work with.

     Last week I found I loved having a book (instead of just reading on my tablet).  So on a whim I got another one on the way home from PT.  A grueling 7 AM affair that needs some mental pick-me-up afterwards.  I haven't read any light romances in awhile and I decided with the way the politics are going these days I needed a good escape read.  Catherine Anderson is an old favorite and her new one Mulberry Moon is charming so far.  Just what I needed.  A take away to a better place.

     For when I need something with more sizzle I got a new Audible to listen to while I knit.  It's the 8th book in a series I've loved.  Feverborn: Fever Series, Book 8 Audible – by Karen Marie Moning.  The only downside was when I started listening I wished I was reading it. The words and descriptions deserve to be read.  I love savoring words and the ambiance they convey.  So I've promised myself the paperbacks of the series when I can.  On the plus side I probably will enjoy listening to the different voices act out the parts.  And I get more knitting done.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wednesday's Yarns - I'm back!

   I've been gone a bit, finishing hats for my son's college, for those marching in Boston for the March for Science. 

     Also starting a new Facebook group called - "The Resistance Knitters".  An adventure in itself, interweaving up-to-date news, commentaries, action reports for resistance and knitting for activism. We've become a vital, lively and creative group on Facebook, even mentioned in a PBS article - "Stitch by stitch, a brief history of knitting and activism".  Then there was hip surgery that I needed.  Successful, and taking most of the pain away of the winter.  So I'm back.

     Orange and peach seem to be my connecting theme this week.  My knitting in a lovely peach cotton.  My audio an orange book from my favorite series and the book I'm reading the newest book in Janet Evanovich's Fox and O'hare series also orange, and fun.  I also have a Resistance Action you can take in orange, noted below.

     I started knitting the Yellowstone Cardigan by WeAreKnitters yesterday.  Beautiful, soft cotton yarn in peach.  I really needed a mindless knit after surgery and this is perfect.  Just got the back rib done and I'm into the double moss stitch.  An interesting version of it, a cross between seed stitch and moss.  It is a single stitch of knit, purl across, but two rows deep.  And from my swatch, I need to remember to knit loose to get the right gauge.  This looser gauge also felt softer and more pliable.  A perfect Spring knit, colored like the flowers I remember growing up back East.

     For an audio to listen to while knitting I have Dragonfly in Amber (Audible)  by Diana Gabaldon.  A book I read when it first came out in 1992.  I've re-read the series by then.  It's my all time favorite, but in order to read the last book she published in her series (the 8th book) I have been determined to re-read the series, again.  Years later, I haven't done it and I haven't read the "newest" book.  At this rate her next one will be out before I get to it!  So, I'm going through the books in Audible and it's fantastic!  I love the accents, the sound of her words and descriptions.  Listening adds a totally new layer to the book.  I'll watch the second season of the show when I'm done listening.  More on Diana Gabaldon's books.

     The book I'm reading is The Pursuit: A Fox and O'Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, book 5 in the series.  It's an awesome series.  Funny lark between an FBI agent and the former jewel thief she secretly works with to capture bigger bad guys.  This book starts in Belgium, moves to a country cottage in France, then the action moves to Sorrento, Italy.  At this point I needed to do some research and look up this ancient town. The author must of visited it to recreate the town in her book in such vivid detail.  The description of tiny narrow streets, the smells emanating and the limoncello constantly served.  This drink I knew from a cooking class I assisted where we made it, a strong, sweet lemon liqueur.  

Sorrento, Italy

     This is the first paper book I actually have bought in I don't know how long.  I'm enjoying the feel of a real book and parking my tablet for awhile.

     And last, but not least I have an orange themed protest that's coming up on June 2nd that we can make orange hats for!  On that day Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are asking for people to wear orange to wake up America to gun violence.  We can knit orange hats for the day.  Even an orange PussyHat might be perfect for the occasion.  Check the website for events close to home.

 Last week my daughter Maggie received orange carnations (her favorite) for being in the high school musical.  Surprisingly having a sultry Norah Jones like voice on top of natural acting skills.  I'm proud of her and proud of Mom for getting there closely after surgery.  The director, who I've gone through three kids with her in Drama productions (she's awesome), specially sat my wheelchair where I could see my daughter the best.  I've never missed a performance for any of my kids, usually going to several of one play!  (My oldest son, whose in college now, did 18 performances over 5 years, amazing actor.)  But I made it!  You can only go around once and I wasn't going to miss something I'd remember forever.