As you might have heard, we Americans have an extremely important election coming up. This isn’t your average Presidential election. On November 8, the direction our civilization will take for at least the next generation will be decided.
Will we choose hate, or will we choose humanity?
Frankly, I’m terrified.
I wasn’t going to watch the debates because there’s nothing new I can learn that will change my mind. But, a friend asked on FB if people would be watching and I thought about it a bit.
What example would I be setting when I tell others to engage with this election cycle if I check out of the process early? It’s not fair to tell others to keep an open mind and consider all of the information if I won’t do that myself.
How can I go out and support my candidate if I don’t stay up to speed on the good, the bad, and the ugly?
And also, UGH how can I make myself sit through these debates without throwing things? My blood pressure is already up up up!
Thus, the idea of The Great (Non-Partisan) Debate Watch Scarfalong (a/k/a The Rectangle of Ridiculousness) was born.
How The Debate Watch Scarfalong Works:
This Scarfalong is very much a choose your own adventure style project. It is non-partisan in the truest sense of the word – knitters and crocheters are welcome, as are Republicans and Democrats. Even third parties such as weavers and Libertarians can Scarfalong with us. This project works for everyone!
Step One: choose your scale and assign yarn colors
Feel free to make up your own scale, or choose one of the recipes below.
The Mood Scarf
That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard (maroon)
Liar liar pants on fire (red)
Almost but not quite (white)
That might work (light blue)
I totally agree with that statement (dark blue)
The Who Has the Floor Scarf (thank you Tiffany!)
Republican talking (red)
Candidates talking over each other (red and blue held together)
Democrat talking (blue)
50 Shades of Bullshit (thank you Allison!)
Different shades of brown from dark (deepest pile of bullshit ever) to light (a little bullshitty)
Step Two: decide on a stitch pattern and cast on your first row
How many stitches you cast on is entirely dependent upon which yarn you use. With the rising popularity of the Super Scarf, scarf sizes are all over the place, so it can be as narrow or as wide as you would like it to be. After you’ve settled on your yarn, if you need help working out how many stitches to cast on/chain, drop a comment here and I’ll be happy to help you out!
When you cast on your first row, that color should represent your mood about the debates right now, before they start.
I’m going to make The Mood Scarf and crochet my scarf lengthwise, like this one, except using HDC instead of DC.
Step Three: grab yourself a tasty beverage and a comfy seat in front of the tube
All of the debates start at 9:00 PM EST and are scheduled to last 90 minutes
- First presidential debate (September 26, 2016, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY)
- Vice presidential debate (October 4, 2016, Longwood University, Farmville, VA)
- Second presidential debate (October 9, 2016, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO)
- Third presidential debate (October 19, 2016, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV)
For more information on the debates and the format for each, pop over to The Commission on Presidential Debates.
Step Four: start scarfing
For The Mood Scarf, you can either work a row for each mood or work even with the same color until your mood changes.
For The Who Has the Floor Scarf, work even with the color that represents who is speaking, and when the candidates are talking over each other, work with both colors at the same time.
For 50 Shades of Bullshit, work even with whatever shade of bullshit is happening at the moment.
TIP: If you find that you are not working quickly enough to keep up with what’s happening during the debate, you might want to make color notes on graph paper so you can finish up later. =)
Step Five: share your progress!
Feel free to tag me on Instagram (@jensalittleloopy) or Twitter (@jensalilloopy). I’d love to put together a gallery of everyone’s scarves!
It will be super interesting to see how everyone’s projects turn out. Politics aren’t a black and white, binary sort of thing. Even people who are supporting the same candidate will likely have very different scarves!
You should end up with a nice-sized scarf by election day! =)
The Most Important Step!!!
Are you registered to vote yet? If not, go here to check the deadline (they are coming up quickly!) and get registered. If you have any questions about registering to vote or need help, I will help you! Send me a message (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will get your registration form for you and do my best to answer any questions you have (or put you in touch with someone who can, if I cannot).
Please share with your yarny friends!
P.S. I am going to keep the comments open on this post for project questions and such. I’m sure it’s pretty clear where I stand in this election. That said, this is a non-partisan project and everyone is welcome to join and discuss. BE NICE. I know you will. =)