By late December (which issue was the Senate on then?), all the separate pieces of the hippo had been completed. Another Susan B. Anderson pattern in her itty-bitty toys book (something new after making two of her chickens). Worked well with yarn from my over-large stash. Tricky to knit the body as it narrowed down with few stitches left on the needles. (This was November '09...had we lost CHOICE in the House?)
For the second time I used a rubber ball to weight the body. Hippo is very solid as a result. This is a substitute for poly pellets when making a toy for young children.
Carried it to North Carolina at Christmas when we last saw Roxie, sure I'd finish it then. No... not enough light, too cold--the very sort of lame excuses our congressional reps have been using to waste the taxes we pay them with this endless slog.
Sunday, March 21, 2010, was so possibly auspicious, that I made my move. In the morning and early afternoon I watched the proceedings (inside and outside, some more inspirational than others) on television and did embroidery on the hippo's face. Not great but okay. Ear attachment went better.
Back home to finish the hippo and hope that Congress and I would both end before midnight. That actually happened thanks to the determination of many, especially women, thank you. Several are pictured here.
Nancy Pelosi deserves much more admiration that we have given her lately. We also are reminded that the sensible Democrats are the true picture of this country--every geographic direction, all colors and shapes, even a couple of southerners!
Checking email before bed, there was a request to support two women running races against blue dog Dems. Five dollars each: I could do that...you can do that!