Yarn and politics might seem like a sort of odd mix until you start looking around on the internet and realizing that there are an awful lot of political knitters out there. Really.
On the yarn front, this week I’ve been dyeing this.
The yarn is a lace weight blend of silk and a fiber spun from seaweed. It’s very soft. It’s intensely beautiful, and sadly, it is all for custom orders and I do not get to keep any of what is already dyed, although I have plans to save some of this yarn for me. I’m dreaming of lace scarves in a simple pattern like feather and fan.
On the politics front, I want to share a really touching story that a friend who was an Obama poll watcher told me. He was at an old church called Mount Zion, a ballot box that was primarily African American. As he stood outside, he saw a woman who he later learned was 80 years old walk out of the building in tears.
He asked her what was wrong and found out that they had invalidated her ballot. Through her tears she told him she had waited all this time, and now she was going to die without voting for a black man for president. "No you’re not m’aam. You can vote for one today," was the response. They took her back into the polling place, only to learn that the machine spit her ballot back out and instead of understanding she could redo the ballot, she walked out in tears. The situation explained, she obtained a ballot and was able to vote.
And it’s just that simple. It’s all about helping others.