Pussyhat Creator Krista Suh On Knitting A Community Together In Scripps Event

By David Allen
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Calif.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Krista Suh, who created the “Pussyhat” simply wanted a cap to keep her head warm for the post-inauguration Women’s March. So, with friend and fellow knitter Jayna Zweiman, and knit shop owner Kat Coyle, they created the hat. The punning name of the pussyhat sought to reclaim the slur as a form of female empowerment.

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Calif.

It’s no secret that Krista Suh came up with the bright pink emblem of female resistance. But as the project is bigger than she is, her involvement has tended to stay under her pussyhat.

“It’s fun to go out in the world and connect with people,” Suh told me Wednesday, beaming. “It’s fun to say, ‘I’m the one who came up with it.’ They’re like, ‘what!'”

The co-founder of the Pussyhat Project was in Claremont Wednesday evening to speak in Scripps College’s Balch Auditorium, and we got to talk beforehand as well. She amplified that theme of casual sisterhood from the stage as she took note of a few people in the audience of 100-plus, almost all of them women, who were wearing pink knit hats.

“I see someone wear it in a crowd,” Suh said, “and feel an immediate connection.”

Flying back to Los Angeles from the women’s march in Washington, D.C., in 2017, while wearing her pink hat, Suh found her seatmate was a man in a red Trump hat. “We had a really interesting conversation,” Suh said dryly. In line for the airplane’s restroom, a woman wearing her own pussyhat whispered, “We’ve been looking out for you.”
“It wasn’t ‘you’re the creator of it so we’re going to take care of you,'” Suh explained. “It was ‘you’re one of us.'”

For her appearance in Claremont, Suh wore a neon pink dress, evil-eye knit gloves and a pink pussyhat. And she carried a purse that on one side has the slogan “Pussy Grabs Back,” lettering which lighted up when switched on. (Imagine being a purse-snatcher and seeing that.)

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