Craft the Vote...or Craft at the Vote?

comments (2) November 4th, 2008     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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I didnt think about bringing a craft to work on...but I did have my girls to keep me company!

I didn't think about bringing a craft to work on...but I did have my girls to keep me company!

Photo: Jen Stern

The excitement of voting wore off after the first 10 minutes of waiting in line...I started to regret not bringing something with me to do. Twenty minutes later, I realized I could have brought something crafty to do! An hour later, I had enough time to dream up some things you might consider taking with you to the polls in addition to your driver's license!

If you're a knitter, throw a project in a tote and bring it along...I have been a knitter want-to-be for a while now, and thinking about how easy it would have been to be clicking along with some needles reminded me that I have to move that up on my list of new things to learn! Turning to an expert, here are two great ideas from Tina that look like they would make fun Election Day projects. You could knit up a pile of these leaves to embellish a sweater with...or maybe use them to cover-up a hole. Or you could work on the Luxe Neck Warmer...depending on how long you're in line, you might need one to keep you warm before your vote is cast! Just print the pattern, gather up some yarn from your stash, and you're off to vote!

Not a knitter, than why not have a dream session? Bring your sketch book and let the adrenaline of this exciting event inspire a doodle or two! Alex has some great tips about sketchbooks in his post It starts with a sketchbook.

Another way you could use the wait time is to bring a book or magazine (the Holiday issue of CraftStylish perhaps?) that you've been meaning to check out. Or catch up on issues that keep coming and coming each month...I've been getting farther and farther behind with all my magazines like Vogue, Elle and W. You might discover the perfect crafty solution to make your holiday decorating a snap or decide on the look you want to create this season's parties!

Lastly, if you have any craft projects hanging around that just need a little hand sewing to finish them, that would be a good way to spend the time too!  (I used to carry my counted cross stitch projects with me to do when I had some time.)

Whether you bring a craft to work on or not, I hope you all get a chance to get out there and cast your vote!

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MichaelaMurphy writes: Hey Jen! Your daughters are adorable. So, this was my first time voting in Washington State and I had no idea what to expect. I showed up with enough craft projects to keep me busy for weeks--only to find an extremely efficient crew of election volunteers who moved everyone along at a bright clip. I was out of there in twenty minutes! But, I did go prepared. Thanks for the idea!
Posted: 4:41 pm on November 4th
urdujabee writes: I was glad to read this. I was at the polls earlier and I knew I was going to be standing in line for a while....two hour wait according to the people who were there since the polls opened. I brought my knitting. It sure did pass time and was a conversation piece for me and my fellow voters. It was nice to chat about something other than politics and how long the wait was.
Posted: 1:00 pm on November 4th
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