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Pussyhats and the activist knitter

January 21, 2017

I finally got around to knitting my first pussyhat yesterday, during the inauguration. It took less than two hours because I was using super bulky yarn and because I had lots of anxious energy to tap into.




I got the yarn last Saturday, when I went to a Black Lives Matter march in the morning (you can see my butt multiple times in the embedded video) and then afterwards to Vogue Knitting Live in the Times Square Marriott Marquis.



And here’s the thing, I thought I was going to enjoy the juxtaposition of activist-to-insane hobbiest, but I was wrong – knitters were activists too! Here’s what I saw:



Pink yarn everywhere.



Pussyhats everywhere



Not only women of course! Alex looks dashing with his ombre pussyhat.



Karida Collins doesn’t have a pussyhat on but she’s still killing it.


Since last weekend, I’ve been seeing pussyhats everywhere. You go into a yarn store and here’s what you see.


Molly Cleator takes part in the Pussyhat social media campaign to provide pink hats for protesters in the women's march in Washington, D.C., the day after the presidential inauguration, in Los Angeles, California


Or you happen upon an airplane full of women heading to D.C. and here’s what you see.



I’m pretty sure half those women have knitting needles in their laps.


My favorite way to measure this phenomenon is directly, at the source. I am of course referring to Ravelry, the online social media website for knitters and crafters. The pussyhat project has spawned all sorts of creative ideas, of course.



The original pattern has thousands of associated projects



Lots of variations have been invented of course



Here’s a great example



Not particularly cat-like but I like it


Now that it’s happened, it’s obvious that knitters are a perfect community for activism. We’re friendly, community-oriented, and desperate for an opportunity to make something and give it away. Because it gives us an excuse to buy more yarn.

Anyhoo, I’m going to the Women’s March NYC today with mine, and I’m going to try to knit at least one more before I leave at 11am. See you there!




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  1. January 21, 2017 at 10:56 am

    You tempt me to want to learn to knit. My mother was a knitter and she did needlepoint too in addition to a lot of other crafts. She even made her own antique ceramic dolls from scratch. She made the arms, the legs, the bodies, the heads. The arms and legs moved. She used real hair for the dolls hair. She made all their clothing and I’m sure I saw at least one pussy hat on one of her ceramic dolls and that was probably back when Littlefingers Donald Trump was still in diapers.

    But that doesn’t help set the time, because he probably has to wear diapers today. We have no idea what his health is really like since he didn’t release that detailed info either.

    Let’s just say Littlefingers was a lot younger back then and was learning his con-man craft from his friends in the New York mobs.


  2. JV
    January 21, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Makes me happy!


  3. Laocoon
    January 23, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Can we take this to the next level? Would it work for pink hat people to run for office, wearing the pink hat to spearhead solidarity? If one’s name is on the ballot, would the pink hat be all that the candidate needs to introduce herself (or himself) and to have an identity when door knocking? Can this be transformed into a brand meaning “real change” or something like that?


  4. January 23, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Happy to see this!! Knitting got through my undergrad 🙂


  5. Maribel
    January 24, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Do you have the source of the BLM version? I tried searching on Ravelry, but no luck.


  6. Sally donaldson
    January 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I would love a Unity tshirt


  7. January 31, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Knitting on airlines: Unless the TSA has changed its mind again, there are no (classical, steel) knitting needles allowed in the passenger compartment. While it helps to be wearing a leather glove, they are serious deadly weapons if you know what you are doing.


  8. January 31, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Mind you, I wondered where they all came from, and am grateful that I could learn the answer.


  9. kathy
  10. Katherine J. Bilich
    February 3, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience with this on your blog! You rock.


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