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Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Day, Patriotic Fervor, Red White and Blue by the Yin-Yang Knitter

Crocheted American Flag Afghan

Amidst the patriotic fervor of Election Day [although what with early voting it’s really been Election Month], I wanted to share some of my favorite red, white, and blue-themed projects seen on knitting blogs and websites. As a charity knitter, I’m an enthusiast for patterns like these which designers offer for free. (Click on the photos to visit the source sites.)

The flag-style afghan above is crocheted, but I’m flexible. I think it’s beautiful, and it looks great draped on the couch, but somehow wrapping my cold feet in it just wouldn’t feel right to me. Oops. Sorry about the pun.

How about a ”hackysack” for the kids? That’s a great crocheted star.

Stars and Stripes Hackey Sack

I’ve limited myself to five photos, but I did like these:

Felted Patriotic Hot Pads

Get cozy in a flag decorated sweater.

Flag Sweater, Pattern Available

I can’t resist including a picture of me wearing a sweater I made 30+ years ago for my brother. I have no idea what happened to the pattern for this, but I asked for it back with the intention of “reverse-engineering” it sometime. It was made in 70’s acrylics or it might look better than it does…but then who know how my brother might have mistreated it had it been wool. It IS hard to kill acrylics. Wish I’d thought to wear it when I voted early!

Diane Gerlach, the Yin-Yang Knitter in her very own flag sweater
(OK, so she gave it to her brother...)

For your feet, some colorful socks:

Patriotism on your feet...

And my favorite things to knit, hats:

USA Knit Hat

The troops for whom I frequently knit as part of The Ships Project are very fond of patriotic-themed hats. These are some of hats I’ve sent:

Hats Knit by Diane Gerlach for the Ships Project

Get out and vote if you haven’t already. However it turns out, we all own it for the next four years, so it’s important that we each do our part to push things in the direction we want it to go. A few years ago, my city of about 90,000 people elected a mayor by just ONE VOTE, and that was with a recount, reminding us all here that each of our votes does indeed count.

Citizens of the United States of America:


1 comment:

“Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth.”

“Whatever you say, say it with conviction.”

(Both by the master, Mark Twain)

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