I’ll admit, I was conflicted about the pink hat. I don’t like using the word “pussy,” and I didn’t want to trivialize a march that was meant to address serious issues. The Pussyhat Project just didn’t speak to me.
But a friend in DC wanted a hat, and DH offered to help. A chance to teach DH to knit? OK!
The hat was finished, modeled, and sent off to Rita in DC.
Still, I had no interest in a hat of my own. Until Friday night, when I finally realized the optics of a sea of pink hats. A message of solidarity that didn’t need words. An answer to the red baseball cap, but handmade, and a play on the very words that had offended me.
I cast on at midnight, knit for an hour, and wondered if I could finish in the morning. Malabrigo Rasta, in Sabiduria. Recycled twice off the experimental brioche rib cowl I had knit earlier in the week (a single skein Rasta cowl turns out to be too bulky for comfort when that small).
I finished at a pre-march brunch. Brioche rib is very stretchy, so even at 40 sts it was a little big, but serviceable. (Rita’s hat was 48 sts with a K1P1 rib.)
I gave another Sabiduria hat to L on the left; it never fit me and the pinkish purple was the right color. And I gave a Sabiduria headband to a neighbor. Color, color, color. A sea of pink/purple.
Do I love the hat? Not really, But it served a purpose. Here are a few links that help explain how I feel.
And a very informative Buzzfeed post by Abby Franquemont with answers to those who wondered if these hats were made in the USA.
I borrowed this image from Abby’s post; it says that it’s a mosaic made from Ravelry images of the hats. I’m trying to find the source and will give credit when I find it. (Edited to add: the mosaic was made by Casey, Ravelry’s webmaster/programmer extraordinaire. Well done!)
Did you knit a hat? Did you march?
Update: Well, knitters (and crocheters) definitely got noticed. Here’s Time Magazine’s cover:
And The New Yorker magazine for next week.
Way to be seen and heard, yarnies!