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Knit Activism! PussyHat Projects’s Newest Project

 

The pawsome PussyHat women are at it again! …

 

5pm. Tuesday, July 4th. Cynthia and Marcy are celebrating.

Cynthia + Marcy:  Happy 4th of July, Ameowica! Woo hoo!

Cynthia:  Hey! Where’s Penelope? She’s not hiding from the fireworks already, is she?

Marcy:  No. She’s knitting.

Cynthia:  Knitting? Knitting what?

Marcy: Her cat hair into a blanket for the Welcome Blanket project.

Long pause as Cynthia ponders how to handle this.

Cynthia:  Okay. So. First we need to let our readers know about the fantastic new project by the PussyHat Project founders.

Marcy:  It’s the Welcome Blanket project.

Cynthia:  Their idea is to knit, crochet, weave, or sew a blanket that will be given to an immigrant or refugee entering the United States. The blanket maker will provide a personalized note with their blanket.

 

Cynthia:  The blankets will be cataloged and on display at Smart Museum in Chicago until September 5th, 2017. After that, they will be distributed by non-profits to our new immigrant neighbors.

 

Cynthia: The founders of the Welcome Blanket project are aiming to make a connection between U.S. citizens and new immigrants “through stories and handmade blankets, providing both symbolic and literal comfort and warmth.” And, they are hoping it will inspire people to talk about immigration policy and how it affects real-live people.”

 

Crochet pattern for the Welcome Blanket

 

Cynthia:  As with the PussyHat Project last January at the Women’s March, it’s “knit activism” at its best:  a peaceful progressive protest (against the exclusionary politics of Trump’s proposed wall along our Mexican border).

 

Cynthia:  Plus, there is just something so happily comforting about a blanket.

 

 

Just then, Penelope Kitten wanders in.

penelope kitten (squeaking):  hi hi. don’t have enough hair yet to make a welcome blanket.

Cynthia:  Oh good. I mean… ah… too bad.

penelope kitten:  so i made this.

Penelope Kitten hands Cynthia a coaster.

=^..^=

 

*If you would like to participate, please check out the Welcome Blanket website for further instructions and patterns!

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Patty July 5, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    What an amazing idea!!! And, as always, you find the best pictures!!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Ha. Not me – all the photos are from the Welcome Blanket website and Facebook page. Oh – except the kitten in a blanket. lol
      xo,cynthia

  • Reply caren gittleman July 5, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I LOVE this! Just tweeted! I so wish I knew how to knit or crochet

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Yay! I’ve been thinking about taking up a knitting class so I can participate. Apparently the 40 x 40 blanket is great for an easy beginner project. I think their website has a list of classes going on throughout the US.
      xo,cynthia

  • Reply Big Momma July 5, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    What a wonderful way to say”welcome!” It will bring comfort to those who have left their homeland (an unthinkably scary prospect) and cancel out the ugly political rhetoric they’re no doubt hearing.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 5, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      paws up!
      squeak, penelope kitten

  • Reply Liz July 6, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Oh, I love this even more than the pussy hats! We need more peacefully progressive protests like this, and what a warm and lovingly made welcome!

    Liz
    http://withwonderandwhimsy.com/2017/07/03/what-i-wore-to-fffweek-2017/

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 6, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Isn’t it just so wonderful how they make people happy to protest. Amazing!
      xo,cynthia

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