Welcome to a very special Bonus Episode of the WeCrochet Podcast! If you’re a listener and crocheter here in the United States, you might have noticed we just wrapped up a big election season! But, voting is not over for everyone. The state of Georgia is having a run-off election for two senate seats so everyone who voted in Georgia in November will be voting again on or before January 5th.
Today we are talking to some very special guests working to inspire warmth, connection, creativity and community in voting lines across the country as well as in Georgia. Kathy Mullins and Anne Keith are two crafters that started and work for WarmTheLine, a craftivism project that aims to help share warm items to people waiting in line to vote. While the group started earlier this year and organized over 3000 handmade items to voters during the November elections, they are now focusing their efforts on the upcoming Georgia election and beyond. They are seeking donations of hats, mittens, scarfs, masks and anything that could keep people cozy and safe while in line. Items can be knit, crocheted, weaved or sewed.
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If you’re in Georgia The voter registration deadline is December 7. Early voting begins on December 14. For more information about runoff elections, contact your County Registrar’s Office.
Warm the Line is hoping to have projects sent by December 5th to get them out to early voters, so get to making!
We have lots of free hat, scarf, or mitten patterns available on crochet.com, and many patterns available for purchase so you can support an independent designer this season. And WarmtheLine is taking donations after December 5th as well, but the earlier you can get them in, the better.
Mentioned in this bonus episode:
Election Defenders Group – Joy to the Polls
The Fuzzy Goat
Suggested Free Hat Patterns!
Brava Beanie by Sara Dudek
Multiverse Colorwork Hat
Winter Cable Hat by Brenda K. B. Anderson
Sebago Hat & Cowl by Michele DuNaier
Benefaction Crochet Hat by Stacey Winklepleck
Camus Crochet Hat by Jenny Catchings
Suggested Free Mitten Pattern
Mighty Mittens by Helen Anderson
Crossing Earwarmer, Cowl, and Mitts
Crochet Thrummed Mittens by Beth Major
Railway Hill Set by Anastasia Popova
Traveling Vines Mitts Pattern by Brenda K. B. Anderson