Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware of the doomsday inauguration happening this Friday of the 45th president, Donald Trump. You are (hopefully) also aware that the Women's March on Washington is happening the next day. In case you aren't familiar with the March, the mission is to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights.” Thousands and thousands are expected in Washington D.C. for the March, and the interest spawned other cities to create their own. Since I'm based in (currently unseasonably warm) NYC I'll be joining our local March here.
Ok, ok done with the set-up, let's get back to the point–the Pussyhat Project. The Pussyhat Project “aims to provide the people of the Women's March on Washington D.C. a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard” and as a way to let those who can't make it to D.C. represent themselves. The “Pussyhat” is a fairly simple pink knit (or crochet, or sewn) hat, that when pulled on, has two cat ears (picture below). My friend Kari, who is an avid and excellent knitter, created a subgroup in NYC of local knitters (novice and expert) that gathered together to knit hats to give to marchers. With her promise to teach me to knit (I've knitted two scarves prior-both were not quite great), I eagerly joined the other women (and men!) for a day of knitting.
As we sat around a coffee shop in midtown, sipping tea and knitting away, it was clear to see it wasn't just about the hat. We were a group of people coming together in a peaceful manner to have thoughtful discussions, laugh at our lack of expert knitting skills, and form new friendships. In what can only be described as a cloudy, unsure time, it was an almost zen experience, and I hope that feeling is felt at the marches this Saturday.
Tomorrow night I'll be passing my hat off to a friend who is headed to D.C. to march, and it's giving me the feeling that I'm part of something bigger. Maybe I only made one hat, maybe I can't go to D.C, but I'm sure as hell not just going to sit back and watch.