The Stitch for Senate initiative was a project started by knitting enthusiats to make a statement about the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Each member of the project crocheted a helmet liner, articles which are used by combat soldiers. Fifty members created liners to be sent to members of the United States Senate, whose 2002 vote resulted in the invasion of these countries. When the helmet liner was received, the Senator had the option of sending the garment to a soldier in combat. This project honored the “tradition of wartime knitting, a practice dating back to the American Revolution.” (stitchforsenate.us) The participants in this project took the idea of knitting circles, and instead of focusing on its potentially oppressive nature, created a virtual arena in which they could share stories and discuss ways of fueling activism.
for more information on this project, visit http://www.stitchforsenate.us/