T.C. Courcelle

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T.C. Courcelle

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Started knitting Pussyhats as a coping mechanism...thought I'd release them to the universe

I discovered the P_ssyhat Project late in the game...like a couple weeks before the Women's March in Washington (which took place January 21st, 2017...the day after The Orange One was inaugurated). I'm a devoted knitter, so I knit thirteen pussyhats and sent them down to the Washington March via a family friend who was traveling to the event. Then I knit another seven of them and brought them with me to my local state Women's March (in Montpelier, Vermont). I handed out my hats for free to individuals who were bare-headed and had a lovely time meeting new friends and like-minded crusaders. It was the largest demonstration-gathering at the Vermont State Capitol on record...between 15,000—20,000 people. They had to shut down Interstate 89 because soo many people converged that the tiny town (smallest capitol in the U.S.) couldn't handle the volume. People started parking on the exit ramps and on the highway itself and walking into town so they could be a part of the movement. That's the kind of powerful striving for liberty and human rights that Americans are invested in...and which are inspiring people to speak out and call a spade a spade.

It's so easy to feel helpless when confronted by money and power...it's why the "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision was so scary. Knitting pussyhats as a small act of rebellion is one way to keep me grounded and hopeful against the machine...my fiery heart and willing hands doing one of the only things that give me a little sense of purpose and usefulness. I started to have such a big pile of pussyhats that an Etsy store seemed like the best way to disperse some of them to willing particpants in the resistance. If wearing one of my hats makes you feel even an ounce more powerful while you reject the adminstration's new paradigm of injustice...then my mission is accomplished.

As an avid knitter I design a lot of my own patterns. I like "freestyle" knitting, and I've been known to engage in the impish and irreverent (and rebellious) practice of "yarn-bombing." Several of my other popular knit items will also be listed in this shop...fingerless gloves, tarot deck bags, etcetera. I also do commission work; drop me a line if you think I might be able to help you with a knit project. I'm happy to consult on whatever you might have in mind...

Blessings and Cheer...

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    Professional advocate for minority and human rights, writer, artist, cottage-industry craftsperson, and one-time Benedictine monk; I read tarot cards on the side. Visit my website- http://tarotbythom.com -for more info. Hey, and guess what?...I KNIT.

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