Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.
“The Uses of Sorrow,” Mary Oliver
It seems clichéd to point out what a dumpster fire 2020 has turned into: Covid, police brutality, wildfires, you name it, it’s happening. It is surprising how much you can get used to, isn’t it? But even after all this, it was still a great shock and sadness to lose Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a.k.a. Notorious RBG, this week. There are many people that are much more eloquent that I am who have paid her fitting tribute. I can just say that during my days in law school and many years of practice, she was an inspiration to me. We have lost a towering example of what is possible in this life. At least she is hopefully reunited with her good friend Nino Scalia.
In honor of Justice Ginsburg, I couldn’t help but choose The Dissent Cowl by Carissa Browning for What to Knit.
The Dissent Cowl by Carissa Browning
The Dissent Cowl is a beautiful rendering of Justice Ginsburg’s infamous dissent collar. It is knit in DK weight from the top down using mosaic knitting. The clever increases give the cowl its iconic flared shape. There are over 335 projects on Ravelry, so I may be a little late to the party here, but it is especially timely these days.
As an added bonus, starting September 18, 2020 through November 3, 2020, in memory of the late, great Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 100% of the sales of this pattern will go to the American Civil Liberties Union.
What are you knitting these days? Who inspires you?