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The hat quickly became a symbol of feminism, and according to the website, the creators hoped the hats would lay “the groundwork for future political activism.”
About eight months after the p****yhat launched, co-founder Jayna Zweiman and hat designer Kat Coyle embarked on a new “craftivism” project:
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Kat Coyle (@thelittleknittery ) designed this pattern for Welcome Blanket! ・・・ Thus the Come Together blanket ….almost done! The pattern is for the @welcomeblanket project of @jaynazweiman cofounder of @p_ssyhatproject The project is available at welcomeblanket.org and on my ravelry katcoyle. The construction of the blanket is 16 garter stitch squares knit on the bias in 2 colors. It's easy to knit and easy to knit with a group. How you decide to place the squares while joining them, gives many many opportunities to change the overall pattern design. On the website we offer several ideas for piecing. There's also tutorials on how to knit them –thank you Hayley @hayleypie for making those happen!! About the project—from the website, "A welcome blanket is traditionally created to lovingly mark the arrival of a new person into the world. In the Welcome Blanket project, each handmade blanket is a physical manifestation of this celebration of new refugees and other immigrants: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.”#welcomeblanket
The pair has created the “Welcome Blanket,” which aims to:
- Welcome new immigrants to the United States with a practical gift and words of welcome and connection.
- Provide ways for those who want to support immigrants to create and give a practical and thoughtful gift.
- Create community around positive, hands-on ideas of inclusion.
- Promote discussions about immigration policy and its effects on real-live people.
Each 40-inch-by-40-inch blanket consists of about 1,200 yards of yarn, and by the deadline of September 5, Zweiman hopes to have 3,200 blankets to display at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago:
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Welcome Blanket is about to begin! We are taking the proposed length of the border wall (2000 miles) to make individual blankets for new immigrants to the United States. What is supposed to be a length of exclusion will now be for inclusion. With each blanket we are asking the blanket-maker for a note of welcome (template on our website). If you knit, crochet, sew or craft in some other awesome way, consider making a gift to welcome a new neighbor! #welcomeblanket
In total, the amount of yarn used will equal 2,000 miles, which is coincidentally — or rather not so coincidentally — the same length of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.
The website described the project as a “hands-on way to understand the scope of a 2,000-mile border wall and to subvert it from an idea of exclusion to one of inclusion.”
While the blankets will initially be used as a display and to make a statement, on December 17, after the show closes, the blankets, along with any specialized notes, will be donated to new immigrants.
Zweiman told Mashable that during immigration debates, “it’s important to remember we are talking about people,” and added, “I want people coming to this country to feel valued, because they are.”
While knitted blankets are the preferred donation, quilters were also invited to join, and the website noted that the square yards of quilted blankets will be added up as well.