Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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 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

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At 11:25 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't he awesome...the whole concert was awesome. Oh Happy Day...a change has come.

Lulu in Maryland

At 11:28 AM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hey Lulu! I totally agree. The entire concert was awe-inspiring!

Pete Seeger was born the same year as my Dad. Sadly, my Dad passed about 4 years ago, but whenever I see or hear Pete, it makes me think about my Dad.

At 1:24 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe he's 89 - he looks maybe 70 at the oldest. I adore him, and oh! What a hat.

At 2:21 PM PST, Blogger Lisa said...

Great to hear the "history of the hat"! I was wondering where he'd gotten it and who had made it. I agree about the name. He's fab!

At 3:09 PM PST, Blogger KnittingBlueContent said...

I've been perusing people's pictures of Inauguration crowd shots, over at and there are SO many knits! Awesome.

Thanks for the story of Pete's hat.

At 5:37 PM PST, Blogger Natalie said...

I love the campaign for the pete seeger hat. Yes we can get that pattern back in circulation!

At 6:52 PM PST, Blogger gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Really glad you mentioned this- I was thinking about looking up the hat when I watched him and then totally forgot. Wasn't that concert fabulous?

At 8:44 PM PST, Blogger carlita dee said...

Love ol' Pete! (Though I didn't know he was THAT old, lol.) Love the hat! If the pattern becomes available, I hope you'll let us know.

At 10:11 AM PST, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

I agree - he was a HOOT, and his hat was the bomb-diggitty. As much as I adore some of the other performers at the concert, he was by far my favorite. And that was his grandson on the other side?! Too funny. I wanna be Pete when I grow up.

At 10:56 AM PST, Blogger RossK said...


I can see it now...

Bruce's next project...

"The Seeger Hat Sessions"

Can't wait!

Ellen, I've been using a shot of yours regularly on weekly post called 'Saturday Night's Alright For Uke Cover Fighting', with attribution of course. Hope that's OK - Lemme know if it's not. Thanks - RossK


At 11:17 AM PST, Blogger Uccellina said...

He used to come into the tiny bookstore I worked at in the Hudson Valley. We had a lively debate one day over whether Shakespeare wrote the King James Bible. I love that man.

At 10:09 PM PST, Blogger G West said...

Up here in the Great White North we'd call it a tuque...but that's splitting hairs.

Long may he reign.

Cheers from Canada.

G West

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