Knitting As Political Protest

By: Cowbag - Published: Mar 25, 2007 • References:
Stitch for Senate was launched on the day of the 4th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. It invites knit hobbyists to craft helmet liners for every US Senator. The aim - to encourage the politicians to support the troops by bringing them home.

The helmet liner pattern was adapted from a support-the-troops initiative for soldiers stationed in Iraq. Once they receive their helmet, senators can opt to send it to a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Charitable knitting during wartime is a long standing tradition. In particular, during WWII in women, men and even school-age children were invited to Knit for Defense and keep troops warm.

The associated website will compile testimonies from knitters, and act as a space for storytelling, discussion, exchange and protest.

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