Sunday, January 15, 2017

Heading to the March


Friends,

I'm sure I've explained before my lack of drawing lately. I'm trying to get back into the groove. After the election happened...and after more shootings and attacks and horrifying news stories, my drawing brain went a little catatonic. My creative spirit was not sparked and driven to action. I'm so grateful for those whose brains DID go that way.

You also know I spend most of the fall/winter working on charity hats and just kinda hunkering down in front of Netflix anyway, too.

Now the inauguration is upon us, and we've been bombarded with protest and activism opportunities. Chances to make sure we make our voices loud, especially for those who have none.

It's overwhelming, but doing nothing seems to not be an option. It can't be an option.

I was invited by another hat-making friend to start making pussyhats in solidarity of the women's march efforts (www.pussyhatproject.com). We even have an outlet to do one of my most famous pastimes -- sell them for donations to charity. However, I am exhausted and technically on hiatus from fundraising, so this is really wearing me out so far.

I wanted to share with you my participation terms. I'm only one person, with a full-time job, a house to maintain, and well, a fitness plan I should be sticking to. This project has empowered a lot of other women in my life to take up knitting, too. I'm so proud. More on that in a minute.


As for me:

1) I will make these hats only with the yarn I already have in my house (I've already made 13 of them, and have made just a small dent), and will pass 100% of financial donations to ACLU. I don't have time/resources to shop for special requests, and I can't do any shipments. I'm sorry. I have a lot of freaking yarn, though. I might already have something you'll love.

2) This is taking 100% of my free time to build inventory for one specific event. I can't keep giving hats away before then. If we've already had a conversation about your hat, you are fine, but I'm not accepting any one-off requests at this point. Please plan to join us for comedy and fun on Thursday, January 19th at the Buffalo Room (behind Westport Flea Market in KCMO). Here's the FB event info. Here's ticketing info:

Tickets for the 8 pm show: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-a-joke-kansas-city-benefit-show-1-tickets-30974217719

Tickets for the 9:30 show: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-a-joke-kansas-city-benefit-show-2-tickets-30974329052?aff=es2



3) March! Kansas City is full of activism events in case you can't get to DC. Safe travels to those making the journey this week!

Friday, January 20th 2-6:00P - Protest March - Details here.
Saturday, January 21st, 1-3:00P - Women's March - Details here.

Love and Warmth and Loud Voices,
C McG

PS. Right now I'm feeling like the end of Buffy (SPOILERS) where I can share my hat power with other women and can pass the torch to them. This is amazing and beautiful, and opens up new possibilities of what my life can look like this year. 

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