You guys know I try not to get too political on this blog (though I seem to be less good at being apolitical lately). But sometimes there’s something political that comes up that I simply can’t ignore.
And when that something political also happens to involve knitting, well… I can’t help myself.
So you all know what’s happening on Friday (Hint: someone new’s moving into the White House), but you might not know what’s happening on Saturday.
It’s the Women’s March on Washington (and, really, across the country- take a look, I bet there’s going to be a March near you this weekend). The March is in support of women’s rights, as well as inclusivity for all minorities- African Americans, Muslim Amerians, LGBTQ+ Americans and everyone else. It’s going to be an amazing event, and I can’t wait to take part.
And, one of the grassroots symbols of this event is this goofy knit pink hat, the Pussyhat (like pussycat, get it?). It’s a simple hat, but it means a lot. First, it’s taking some very “feminine” things (the color pink, the act of hand-knitting) that have been underestimated and devalued, and turns them into a strong political statement. Second, the hats are a visual marker of just how many women (and men) believe that women’s rights are important- I’ve already seen people around town wearing their Pussyhats. More than 100,000 people have pledged to make hats already, and yarn stores across the country are running out of pink yarn! And third, these hats are all handmade, all worked with care, thought, and love, by people who believe in the power of women and that we all (women, men, people of color, etc.) have an important role to play in this country. And, in my mind, at least, that’s a powerful statement.I’ve already made three hats, but I plan to work up as many as I can in the time before Saturday. I’ll keep one for myself, but I’ll give away the others to anyone who wants them. They’re a small gesture, but they’re a great reminder of what we’re all fighting for- equality, respect, and the right to live our lives the way that is best for us.
If you’re interested in making a hat (or two or three), you can find the official instructions here. Or, if you prefer to knit in the round (like me), here’s what I did:
Pussyhat In The Round
One size fits most adults
- US8 12-16″ cable needle
- about 50g worsted weight yarn (pink)
- Yarn needle
CO 80, and prepare to work in the round. (K2, P2) around for 2 to 3 inches. Then, K all sts until the hat measures about 8.5 inches from the CO edge. Cut the yarn, leaving a very generous tail, and use the tail to sew up the top of the hat with the Kitchener stitch. Weave in ends and block if desired.