This Hat Was Made For You and Me
Pete Seeger has always been one of my favorite singer/songwriters. I still own his "How to Play the 5-String Banjo" book that my brother gave me when I was about 9. I've seen him play live a few times. Once, when I was a child at the world famous Ashgrove in West Hollywood; another time at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica; and the last time I saw him perform was at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, about 10 years ago. His performances always move me.
Well, there he was on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, singing Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" with Bruce Springsteen, among others. Pete was wearing this great looking knitted wool hat. After his performance (he RAN off the stage...at 89 years old!!!), I immediately got online and searched "Pete Seeger's Hat." It seems that this hat is a Socklady pattern from Solemate Socks. Apparently, this pattern has been discontinued. There is a grassroots movement to bring back the pattern and re-name it The Pete Seeger Hat. Quoting KnitSquirrel, "this hat was made for you and me." Leave a message on the Solemate Socks blog if you agree!
Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen @ "We Are One," The Obama Celebration Concert
at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., 1/18/09