Knitting A Movement: Why You’ll See Pussyhats Everywhere In January

By Nicole Brodeur
The Seattle Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Women are furiously knitting Pussyhats for the hundreds of thousands of women who will walk together past the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 21, the day after Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, to march in support of women’s rights.

SEATTLE

Pussyhat.

It’s a smirk of a name for a bright pink, knitted cap with little ears poking up from either side. Meow.

But don’t be fooled. All over America, knitters are casting on with a vengeance, making enough Pussyhats for an estimated 200,000 women who will gather in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, the day after Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, to march in support of women’s rights.

“We’re not targeting Trump specifically,” stated Cassady Fendlay, a spokeswoman for the Women’s March on Washington, which has inspired sister marches in other major cities on the same day. “It’s much more about being proactive about women’s rights.”

So proactive, that knitting stores like Weaving Works in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood are stocking up on pink yarn and passing out patterns created by The Pussyhat Project, started by a group of women in California.

Knitters can make hats and donate them to knitting stores, where non-knitters can pick them up before the march. The Backstage Knitting Podcast is hosting a Pussyhat Making Party on Jan. 7 at the Red Door in Seattle.

“We’re making our uniform, using our crafting to make a statement that we’re all in this together, and standing for the same thing,” said one of the podcast’s hosts, Bethany Bevier, of Tacoma. “Whenever there’s a crisis, my first instinct is, ‘What can I knit for them?’ To knit for social justice is very empowering to me.”

Graphic designer Kyle Reynolds, 45, will be marching with two friends and has requested three Pussyhats from Weaving Works.

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