Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Americana

I knit a hat for the Wall Street Occupiers while riding on the City of New Orleans, with Arlo Guthrie's song of the same title stuck in my head. It was a proud moment.

When I returned home, I found a huge pile of hats waiting for me! Thank you Cyndi, Kathy, Luann, Tamsyn, and others who sneeked the hats in without me knowing who.  I am still collecting hats until November 20, but I may send off a batch sooner than that so that these wonderful hats can start their jobs sooner.





We have 23 so far! Way to go knitters!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Occupy our needles update

I have found that there are many efforts to knit hats and warm items for the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Such as Jessica Rainbow and her Knitters for the 99%.

So, as it should be, Woven Art is just a small part of a greater effort to support those who are standing up against corporate greed.

Three more hats have come in:
Total so far: 5 and counting

Monday, October 10, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Occupy Your Needles

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IMAG0183.jpg, a photo by nancymcray on Flickr.

The first two hats for the Occupy Wall Street protesters have just come in. Thank you Cyndi! I better get my needles going.

Occupy Our Needles - Lansing

Wouldn't it be lovely to have knitters present and knitting at the Capitol on Oct. 15?  Unfortunately, I will be out of town on that day.  I won't be able to attend, but Woven Art is committed to collecting and sending hand knit or crocheted hats, scarves and mittens as a show of support and gratitude for the Occupy Wall street protesters.

Here is some information about what is happening locally:

-A Rally and General Assembly is scheduled to take place on October 15th at 10am on the Capitol Steps. This event is in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. A occupation may take place by individuals who choose to do so.

This is a peaceful movement. Like Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Michigan is a  leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that we Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We plan to use the revolutionary tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.

We are a grassroots, leaderless movement. This is not a hiearchy. This is a horizontal movement. Everyone is equal. Everyone is a leader. We are the 99%.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Occupy Our Needles

I am impressed by the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and I want to do something to show my support and gratitude. You may not have heard about it yet. It is a loosely organized group of people who have set up camp near Wall Street. The gathering is peaceful now, if a bit disruptive for the day to day business in the neighborhood. If you would like to find out more, I have a couple of links for you to try:
www.Occupytogether.org
www.adbusters.org/campaign/occupywallstreet

It is starting to get cold in New York, Chicago and Boston. Wouldn't it be nice for us to send them some hats? Can you think of a more personal way to say "Thank you"?  I hope to collect 99 hats and send them off before Thanksgiving.  It would be really grand if I could get 98 more yarn shops to join in.

If you would like to help with this effort, you can send or bring a handknit hat, pair of mittens or a scarf to
Woven Art
325B Grove St
East Lansing, MI 48823

If you have a favorite LYS near you, please feel free to encourage them  to participate in this effort. I have started a thread on the LYS group on Ravelry. 

This information will also be posted on the Woven Art wesite: www.yarnandfiberart.com