Jen of the NYC Grassroots Media Conference pointed us to a cool workshop happening as part of the event. Jen says, “This Saturday in NYC at New School University is the NYC Grassroots Media Conference. One of the fantastic workshops this year is “STITCH FOR SENATE”, a workshop lead by Cat Mazza of MicroRevolt that will lead participants through a how-to create helmet liners for the troops…but make senators send them to a soldier of their choice (and put a human face on the war.) The workshop will take place 11:45-1:15, this Sat at 65 Fifth Avenue at 13th street.”
The collective microRevolt is launching Stitch for Senate, an initiative of knit hobbyists making helmet liners for every United States senator. While charitable knitting for soldiers during wartime has been a tradition since the American Revolution, the Stitch for Senate project focuses on supporting the troops by bringing them home. The helmet pattern was adapted from a support-the-troops project of knitting helmet liners for soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Repurposing this concept, Stitch for Senate upholds an antiwar sentiment reflected in the midterm elections and holds public officials responsible for representing the electorate when making policies about the war in Iraq. Beginning knitting skills helpful. Link.