Spreading the warmth on Valentine’s Day!

Check out the beautiful gandhiwarmer 2011 video by Christophile Konstas!!

Love it, warms my heart again and again : ] YAY gandhiwarming!!

Dedication of this year’s gandhiwarmer to the people of Egypt

Today is an incredible day, the sounds of people celebrating in Tahir Square is ..awe inspiring on a basic level of humanity.  Five zillion cheers to their dedication, solidarity, and courage!!! ‘Finally we are free’ – a quote from this article in the BBC, says it all and is profound in its power.  I have been trying to define the emotions this brings up for me today, because freedom should be so basic shouldn’t it and the feeling I get in hearing their rejoicing is hard to pin down.  I know I am filled with awe, inspiration, pride for the people of Egypt as a fellow person, glee for their new freedom, and excitement for their new possibility to take steps for change which are now finally ahead. Another quote that is sticking with me from the BBC broadcasts is from a young woman interviewed about her involvement in the peaceful protests, she said ‘You can do it, but you must want it badly enough.’ Heartfelt cheers from New Orleans, I can only imagine the sheer elation and tangible energy going through the cheering crowds.

Tootsies still warm!

Hooray! Gandhi’s toes are still toasty! Thank you for the great pic DC SUPER SLEUTH! : ]

I’m still feeling warm myself from last week’s event! Also still thinking about where to do the next warming as well as what to do with Gandhi’s gear since we had to take it down. Gift it to the embassy, re-gift to another Gandhi, exhibit, then re-gift….hmmm

GWDC 2011 photos and press

In NBC Washington! ‘Altruistic Celebrate Gandhiwarming ’11’

Gandhitopia – repost of NBC’s article

The 42, ‘Gandhi-warming, Commemorates Non-violent Indian Leader’

Times of India – Repost of the 42

This Chickadee blogspot, All you need is warmth

The Prince of Petworth – 5pm post

DC Centric on WAMU – A gandhiwarming on Sunday

Knithacker!

Thank you for all of the wonderful write ups, beautiful documentation, and also for all of the tweeting warmth!! : ]

Photos by:

Holly Brown on flickr

Megan Williams/Myself on flickr

DC Gandhiwarming 2011

The second annual Gandhiwarming was another heartwarming success!! The warming took place at 3 pm on Sunday and we were really lucky with the weather yesterday, not tooo cold and it was a beautiful sunny day.  [Today got so much colder, was dipping below freezing as I was leaving DC shiver, shiver]  With some pre-warming needs to take care of after a delicious breakfast by the amazing Megan and Erik! : diwas dishes to find [i forgot mine in nola, ack!], ladder borrowed from Erik’s studio, he also made a handy long hook while there in case the ladder wouldn’t get close enough, hat fitting adjustments, flowers to buy, and finishing off my scarf to give away, Sunday morning was filled with things to do pre-warming.

Gandhi is right in front of the Indian embassy and the area doesn’t seem to get too much foot traffic, a lot more car traffic. After we ran around town a bit looking for the odds and ends listed above, we parked near Gandhi, made some last estimations, and settled in at Kramer books so that I could do my knitting and hat fitting and Team Gandhiwarmer did some flower shopping [so many places were closed on sunday!]  As 3pm neared we rolled on over to Gandhi and gathered the ladder and hat and scarf giveaways to assemble.  Pretty much right as we set up the ladder next to Gandhi – he is 8’8″ on top of a 4′ stone pedestal – a police car rolls up.. we had just layed out the hats, gotten the diwas going.. I was thinking, should I jump up on the ladder and get the scarf and hat on before he stops me?!  I decided to go over and talk to him, turned out he was with the Secret Service – he did allow us to put the scarf and hat on him, – Thank you kind sir! but with the agreement that we would also take it down. [wonh, wanh]

Gladly we proceeded with our warming plan and got the ladder situated right – and then got the hat on with a little adjusting.. I had tightened the hat a little too much [I thought it looked a bit too big when standing on the ground, but indeed it turned out to be that big! 40″ in diameter!!] But it got all settled and nestled on his lovely bronzed head, being careful of his delicate glasses.  Hat and scarf on, we proceeded with setting the diwas at his feet, flower petals spread, then beautiful flower garland and pom garland made by the amazing ladies of K1-D2! All the while Rishi Dan played his bansuri flute beautifully [also a knitter btw, yay Rishi!], the soft music set a peaceful and cozy mood for the event.  People passing gathered and we had an awesome group of peeps to spread the warmth!

It’s hard to beat the warming feeling of Gandhiwarmer, it truly feels so good to honor Gandhi and revive a bit of his spirit in the cold winter air.  Your heart really feels warmed by the happiness you see on everyone’s faces and the people who pick up scarves or hats, filled with the joy of receiving a present.  Today I stopped back by to see what might be left, to my surprise everything was still there!  While snapping a few photos a couple of women stopped who needed some scarves. To my great surprise, one of the women picked the one I made!! I told her I made it and she said “I can really have it?” I said yes, yes!!  Then she said, “Gandhi helped the people right?  Maybe he can help me.”  I was really touched and said I sure do hope so.  We all need a little Gandhi in our lives don’t we?

It was a quick weekend trip and it was so great to see all of my amigas and a great honor to be able to have accomplished another Gandhiwarming, I’m so looking forward to next year’s already! Thank you deeply to everyone who came, Team Gandhiwarmer, and to Gandhi.

I saw this on a store’s sidewalk sign before leaving Nola..

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Was a lovely, serendipitous spotting.  Looking very forward to today’s warming!

3pm, near dupont circle – Hope you  can make it and please bring scarves and hats to give away or flowers for Gandhi’s feet if you can.  Warm.

less than 48 hours..

I received a snapshot of the beautiful assembled garland to drape along gandhi’s tootsies and it totally made my week! [photo below] my dear amigas of k1-d2 totally outdid themselves : )

Thank you to Prince of Petworth in DC for the blogpost today!

Also, here’s a link to the event on facebook.  So here’s to things going well and safe travels for all traveling in for the warming and we are all so very thrilled to be doing a second gandhiwarmer this year!! [it will now be an annual event, each year in a different locay]

With the seventy degree weather today in New Orleans, I’m about to pack all of my winter woolies from my NYC and Wisco days, brrr!  I hear from our dc contact already arrived, Knitorious M.E.G., that things are very chilly, snow is upon the ground, and Gandhi looks cooooold! We’re on the waaaay dear frozen, bronze Gandhi!

Looking very forward to seeing you there!  If you can, bring a hat or scarf to give away or flowers for gandhi’s celebration, cheers!

such beautiful work!

casting off the 40″ in diameter hat! : ]

haha! here’s hoping this is the perfect fit for 8’8″ Gandhi : ]

sneak preview of Gandhi’s flower garland..

check out the beautiful work by the amazing women, my dear amigas, of K1-D2 – they are the ladies who taught me how to knit so that I could knit Gandhi’s scarf and hat last year by the way..

this flower garland will drape Gandhi’s tootsies this next Sunday!!

 

Warming getting very close!

Tomorrow makes the warming one week away!!  Getting really excited about this in DC and we have some collaborators in regional yarn shops that are collecting hats & spreading the word!

In DC: Looped Yarn Works and Fibre Space and in RVA: The Yarn Lounge

Also – last year’s warming is included in the online dictionary ‘wordnik’ for ‘knitster’!! Love that : ]

Wow, last year’s warming was the coldest day of the year at like 15 degrees? Brrrrr, am curious about the weather for this year’s warming!  Speaking of Gandhi in NYC’s Union Square, I heard from my dear friend Lisa that Gandhi is looking very chilly these days – I wish that whoever ended up w/ Gandhi’s woolens would put them back on him for a bit!  I hate to think of Gandhi looking cold : [

My dear ladies & cohorts of K1-D2 are busy knitting Gandhi’s scarf and a beautiful flower garland to place around his feet.  Below are a couple of process pics of Gandhi’s hat, this year I’m knitting sans pattern and started from the top.  Over the holidays while visiting friends, I got started on Gandhi’s hat and a few buddies from K1-D2 came over for an impromptu knit.  At first, I tried to start w/ a pattern from ravelry & on the circular’s [doi to big to start with!] and then moved to the double pointeds and decided to wing it.

I finally got the hang of the DPN’s [like that knitting lingo hmm!] and learned to stop dropping my extra needle, what is this fourth one for again?!! : ]  The hat for this year is inspired loosely by the roof of a hindu temple, while wanting to keep it basic for Gandhi’s wishes, and I got this beautiful hunk of green eco yarn at my local shop in NOLA.  Please excuse the mess around the hat in the photo below, things are really busy here with BirdProject and for an upcoming recycling/trash awareness sculpture for Tulane’s Green Team : ]

I am looking very forward to next weekend and am thrilled to give Gandhi in DC his winter woolies and cold passers-by some warmth by hats and scarves and hats collected or made by all those mentioned above!! GWDC!

This year’s gandhiwarmer is in DC!

Come & join us if you can!
sunday, january 30 at 3pm

k1-d2 and i are knitting a scarf, hat, and a flower garland for gandhi in DC! we are excited to do this again & would love it if you would like to contribute as well!

please bring no-longer-used or newly knitted hats/scarves to give to those in need, flowers for his feet, or just enjoy a bit of camaraderie while listening to some beautiful indian music during gandhi’s warming ceremony, which we are really excited to be doing this again this year!

link to locay between dupont circle and the phillips collection at Massachusetts, Q & 21st NW:

you can check for more info here or on the facebook fan page

& see pics of last year’s warming here on flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/84919580@N00/sets/7215762332…

cheers & hope to see you!