Keeping Promises

Tamiko.

First a co-worker, then a friend, now a sister friend.  I can’t imagine my life without her.  ❤

I’ve talked about her on this blog before.  I’ve talked about the way she encourages me, fights with me, loves me and is still after 10 years, one of my biggest supporters.  She’s seen me sick, well, at my worst and at my best.  So why did it take so long for me to make her something handmade?  I’m like that knitter who makes fifty million things for so many people and never an item for a significant other.  I used to be that person … but not anymore!!!!  Huzzah!!!

She bought these gloves last winter, sent me the picture and asked for a hat.

I should have whipped that hat up in no time, but you know how it is …  I lollygagged.  Shameful, I know.  Even more shameful is that she has the 45th and the current political climate to thank for me finishing this.  Daily, as events unfold, I’m beyond flabbergasted at the blatant lies, the corruption, the hate and the broken promises.  Or as some say — “alternative facts”  🙄  I know not making a hat is not a big deal to some, but to me it is.  The longer I took to make it, the more likely it was that I wouldn’t finish it, and the nearer I got to a broken promise.   In my mind, I gave her my word and I needed to make good on that or really, I’d be just as disingenuous as these politicians who disgust me with their broken promises.   So I whipped up this little beauty:

And she loves it!  I haven’t seen her in it yet but I was assured, she thinks it’s “absolutely beautiful”.   Her joy was worth every puff stitch I cussed at.  :blush:

I’m just happy to have kept my word, kept my promise.

“Promise only what you can deliver. Deliver more than you promise.” ~ Author Unknown

  • Pattern: Pretty Puffs Slouchy Hat
  • Designer: Jessica Suzanne
  • Yarn Used: Lionbrand’s Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend in Grey Pearl
  • My Difficulty Rating:  Beginner.  From what I read, the puff stitch seems to be intimidating to some people but it’s really not.  The trick is to keep the loops loose so it’s easy to pull the last stitch through all the loops.
  • Comments: Although I went up a hook size (used K), the hat didn’t come out slouchy.  The pattern is definitely one I’d make again, the next time I’ll go up two hook sizes to get the extra slouch.

We Marched … Now We Get To Work!!!

I think by now, unless you live somewhere without a t.v. or newspaper, everyone has heard of the P*ssyhat project and the Womens March 2017.  I made 4 hats for the march and am still making for anyone who asks me for one.

This time two Saturdays ago (January 21st 2017), I was making my way home, euphoric and just plain overwhelmed with all the feels at the fact that 300,000 marchers instead of the expected 75,000 showed up in NYC and were able to make their choices clear, without division, without anarchy, without a single person getting arrested.  No one got arrested, even when my crew and I jumped police barricades to get to 5th Avenue. 😉 According to reports, 4 million people turned up worldwide to make their “no to hate, no to racism, no to xenophobia, no to inequality, no to taking away people’s individual choices, no to division” agenda known.  Statistics show it was the largest protest march in the history of the US to date.  The idea of strength in numbers was made absolutely real to me that day.  What was even more heartwarming was that there were more pro-inclusion, pro-love signs than there were anti-government.  That said to me what was in people’s hearts and the knowledge strengthened me.  The sea of pink hats have now become the symbol of resistance.

me and my merry band of pro-love, pro-inclusion, pro-diversity warriors

Post march, the lines have been drawn and both sides are hard at it.  I’m not going to rehash what has been dished out to U.S citizens and the world in the last two weeks but I will say that those on the side of fairness, being just, being inclusive, being loving  have a hard fight ahead of us.  I keep telling anyone who will listen, the animal kingdom got it right — they fully understand that what’s good for the group is good for each individual unit.  If they can get it, why can’t we?

So I’m going to apologize now in a #sorrynotsorry kinda way.  I know this is a mostly crafty blog — whenever I post 😉 —  with some books and other things thrown in at times, but this is not a time I can stay silent.  My political and humanistic views are as much a part of me as my craftiness is.  Thanks to my parents, my sense of fairness, of inclusion as much a part of me as my DNA.   So while this will remain a mostly crafty blog, there are times I’m going to use it for craftivism which by the way has the following meaning:

is a form of activism, typically that is centered on practices of craft – or what can traditionally be referred to as “domestic arts” ~ Merriam Webster Online.

Some might be waging this war with bullying, unfair tactics, alternative facts,  gag orders, disregard for anyone different from them, pure hate and greed but to fight back I’m going to use fairness, inclusion,  celebration of diversity, yarn, thread, a set of sticks, hooks but most of all … love & prayers.  I fight for me and anyone marginalized, even if they think differently, worship differently, look differently from me.  Even those who disagree with me politically and those in favor of what’s happening in the US now.  At the end of the day … aren’t we all human?   The march has come and gone, but putting our money where our mouth is needs to continue.  It doesn’t end here, there is so much more to be done.  We can’t return to status quo and expect change to happen.  As Gandhi encouraged, we each have to “be the change we want to see”.   I don’t care what you do, what side you’re on or how you show true activism — just as long as your efforts have their foundation in love, inclusion and community building.

I don’t know this lady, but she is who I want to be — her reason for marching — “I can use my entitlement and resources to help fight for others who are marginalized.”  Her sign, my favourite one of the day, said all that needed to be said   It was not intentional, but my photo of her also caught sign held up by the woman on the left.  Together both of them portray the overall message I want my craftivism to have — we the people, protect each other.  Stronger together.  ❤

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