If you were to look around my room, you could quickly tell that I love two things; eyes and hands. On my bookcase, there are three separate hand forms, and many tchotchke pieces involving eyes. When combined, the two make a powerful image. In Middle Eastern and North African cultures, a hand with an eye is called a Hamsa and is used to ward off negativity. In Japanese folklore, they appear on the body of Tenome, a powerful entity, and on March 24th, a new meaning will be forever ingrained into this symbol.
In light of the recent school shooting in Florida, many have decided enough is enough. Surviving students were left with a million what-ifs and no closure. This is when the March for our Lives was formulated. The march aims to call attention to the inadequate regulations put forth for guns. It lets Congress and the world at large know that the people are watching.
After hearing about the march, craftivist, and creator of The Pussyhat Project, Krista Suh lept into action. Within no time at all, Suh launched the Sea of Eyes project. The symbol is simple and strong, a fingerless glove with an eye in the middle. The knit version was available right away, and I knew that I had to help as well. Not even twenty-four hours passed between when Krista accepted my offer for a crochet version and its publication.
It is my hope that people in the crochet community can gather and make many gloves to donate to the march in Washington D.C. and elsewhere on March 24th. Click the button for a free download of the crochet Evil Eye Gloves, and visit Krista Suh’s website for more information about the project.