Not long ago, Susan Anderson blogged about the free hat pattern that would come with a skein of Spud and Chloe "Outer" yarn. I'm always up for a quick and easy project! I sat down with the yarn and pattern on Saturday afternoon during a basketball game and, lo and behold, I finished it before the game was over. And, it's cute! I can't wait to make another one (or two). I've got too many projects in an unfinished state at the moment and it felt great to actually finish something without it languishing on the needles for a time.
Though I generally steer clear of political talk on this blog, there is an activity that I think would be a wonderful thing to take part in right now. A few posts back, India commented and asked if I would be willing to mention the Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads campaign. I've thought about it a lot because I have been so disgusted with the negative and mean-spirited tone of so much of the political discourse right now. So, I've decided to throw my hat in the ring (so to speak). I'm going to do it because I want the person who represents me in Washington to know that I am watching and listening......and that I want to hear a spirit of cooperation and compromise coming from him, instead of the constant stream of negativity that's been in the news. Do I have any right to complain about the way things are going, if my participation in the process ended on election day? What better way for a knitter to offer encouragement for a more civil and responsible way of being represented? So,I'm making the commitment today and I'm looking forward to seeing how it will be received. One more good thing about this project, should my recipient choose not to wear my gift hat (and I can't imagine that they would, but I'd love to be surprised), they are asked to donate it to charity....two good deeds in one effort! So, I'm off to go shopping in my own stash for some bulky, man-appropriate yarn and will plan on getting a hat on the way to Washington in the next day or two.