Knit Your Congressman a Snatchel

I realize this is ABL territory, but could there be a better gift for Members of Congress than a knitted representation of their obscure object of desire, shame and regulation? The Snatchel Project’s premise is “if they have their own, they’ll leave ours alone”, and their site has patterns for a womb, snatchel, felt cervix, knitted vulva and three different uteri. (via MJ)

44 replies
  1. 1
    WyldPirate says:

    That is fucking hilarious.

  2. 2
    c u n d gulag says:

    Knowing most of our closeted Republicans, they’d secretly prefer a knitted dick.

  3. 3
    c u n d gulag says:

    Or a knitted anus.

    Hit “Submit” too fast.

  4. 4
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    I sent the link to the only person I know who knits and is politically involved.

  5. 5
    WaynersT says:

    boy, i can’t stop laughing at that picture

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    Splitting Image says:

    That is awesome!

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    Ash Can says:

    That’s so cute!

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    Baud says:

    Why would anyone want to regulate something so adorable?

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    And once the far right get their way, every woman’s knitting needles can become medical devices.

  10. 10
    AdamK says:

    I didn’t know they could play the piano.

  11. 11
    4tehlulz says:

    …..that is my fetish…..

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    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    if handicrafts aren’t enough, how about a fake stuffed beaver in the style of big mouth billy bass that sings lesley gore’s “you don’t own me”

    it could be the novelty gift of the century.

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    jibeaux says:

    I am going to do the uterus. I am a bit worried what some of these guys might try to do with replicas of actual genitalia. I haven’t looked at the pattern yet, but it doesn’t look too complicated. The best part is that every knitter has a “stash” of leftover yarn and never enough small projects to use it up. This is both awesome political action and a stash buster, so win-win.
    Can I also say how much I lurve people posting to Rick Perry’s and others’ facebook wall to ask about their lady problems and trying to schedule a pap smear?

  14. 14

    In other news, Bloody Bill haz a sad and is feeling kinda blue

    Nor did listening to Gen. John Allen testify to the House Armed Services Committee reassure me that President Obama won’t announce a further, irresponsible, troop withdrawal in Afghanistan for 2013 at the NATO summit in May in Chicago.

    And Kristol laments, the scurrilous Obama is going to pull out of another perfectly good war, woe is he, this peace craze is more than a neo con can take. And then there is Iran, another perfectly good opportunity to bomb/invade/KILL, gone down the unicorn tubes.

    And nor did reading the leak (presumably from the White House) in the New York Times about the Israel-Iran war game reassure me the Obama administration won’t also spend the next few months trying to make it more difficult for Israel to stop the Iranian nuclear weapons program.

    On the glass half full side, at least some ‘normal’ republicans are still with us, that aren’t panty sniffing, uteri minding perverts. Just ordinary wingnuts wanting to spread feedom and democracy via the business end of an M16 assault rifle. Ode cologni, the good old days are slipping us by.

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    jibeaux says:

    Okay, I think I can do that pattern. I love reading “form cervix” in the directions. No way I’m sending yarn as nice and as pricey as Lamb’s Pride to a Congresscritter, though. They’re getting whatever acrylic I have lying around.

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    Insomniac says:

    Fabulous idea! I.Love.It!

  17. 17
    kerFuFFler says:

    And to think I thought penguin cozies were the cutest activist knitting projects around!

  18. 18
    kay says:


    They’re getting whatever acrylic I have lying around.

    very funny :)

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    YellowJournalism says:

    Too bad you can’t knit empathy.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    I sent Anne a picture of a plush uterus I found at a store in Dallas. The Puzzle Store in North Park Mall sold different internal organs, including a mammary gland.

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    uila says:

    Hey, it’s Pippi Longstocking!

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    Pea brane wingnuts will probly think that is some kind fuzzy liberal hat.

  23. 23
    Rosalita says:

    Love it! Genius idea. Glad to start the day with a laugh.

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    Rosalita says:

    @Marcellus Shale, Public Dick:

    if handicrafts aren’t enough, how about a fake stuffed beaver in the style of big mouth billy bass that sings lesley gore’s “you don’t own me”

    Oh please somebody do this!!!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    I’ve never learned to knit or crochet, but it would be worth a few lessons in order to make these adorable uteri and vulvae.

    The Snatchel Project organizers really need to broaden their scope beyond male members of Congress, though. After all, most of the reproductive mischief is being done in state legislatures. And there must be tens of thousands of worthy recipients in those #cough# distinguished assemblies around the country.

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    beergoggles says:

    Make sure to put some itching powder in there in case those assholes actually decide to use it.

  27. 27
    JCT says:

    @beergoggles: No, cayenne powder spiked with habanero. Dance, you fuckers, DANCE.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @AdamK: It is a wonderous part of the human body.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @beergoggles: Good idea. They would probably try.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    I’m saddened by the circumstances that made this necessary. That said, the knitting is hilarious!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I’m thinking Red Heart Super Saver, myself.

    “In the event of an apocalypse, the only things that will survive are cockroaches, Twinkies, and Red Heart Super Saver” — Stephanie Pearl McPhee

    (Fixed because I am slowly forgetting how to touch type)

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Also, too, I live near Los Angeles and have Dem reps for everything, so if someone less fortunate needs a uterus sent to their cave-dwelling Republican rep, let me know here.

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    Dee Loralei says:

    you can join them on FaceBook at government free vjj. They have patterns for crocheting and sewing them too. And they are also sending them to state legislators as well. And Governors too!

    I was thinking about making on into a pinata and filling it with candy for my next Obama party.

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    eemom says:

    Sorry to rain on the knitting parade — and the thing IS cute — but these gimmicky kinds of “protest” are worthless at best, and trivializing at worst.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Mnemosyne: Time to get out the old “Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society” button.

    I agree that Red Heart Super Saver is the perfect yarn for this.

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    Beth in VA says:

    This is good. I think a tangible representation is really good because these knitted things clearly look like an organ, part of the inside of someone. This is why I’m so incredibly pro-choice. It is part of me. Inside my skin.

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    El Cid says:

    You also need to knit them an instruction manual, and maybe a knit body for the uterus to fit in, so that they won’t be wondering how the stork carries the snatchel.

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    ShadeTail says:

    This sounds a lot like that “SEND ROCK-SALT TO OLYMPIA SNOWE!!” joke that the red state trike force took so seriously a couple years ago. I.E. a completely meaningless gesture that doesn’t actually accomplish anything and looks stupid to anyone outside the bubble.

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    cckids says:


    if handicrafts aren’t enough, how about a fake stuffed beaver in the style of big mouth billy bass that sings lesley gore’s “you don’t own me”

    Oh please somebody do this


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    opium4themasses says:

    Snatchel. The name is portmantotally awesome.

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    Clime Acts says:


    Sorry to rain on the knitting parade—and the thing IS cute—but these gimmicky kinds of “protest” are worthless at best, and trivializing at worst.

    Damn, eemom, I keep agreeing with you today.

    Bingo again!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I am slowly forgetting how to touch type

    I find it troubling that someone whose nym comes from the Goddess of Memory cops to forgetfulness.

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    MikeBoyScout says:

    Santorum, runner-up in the 2012 GOP race and de facto 2016 GOP front-runner, has got your number.

    Today his campaign sent an email with the subject “When men were free

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    ruemara says:

    I’m sending vaj drawings. I can’t knit or purl. I can Jscript or PURL or COREL.

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