I generally try and keep this blog reserved for all things knitting and tea related, and steer clear of political discussion. I find it works best that way, and often I don’t see politics and knitting and tea together. That has changed in the recent weeks.
Today the United States inaugurates a new President. Unfortunately that new president has spent his campaign and his time as the President Elect spreading words of misogyny, bigotry and hate to a nation that is deeply divided. When stakes are this dire, the political becomes personal.
Many people have heard or read about the Pussyhat Project and even more are aware of the Women’s March on Washington. I know many people who will be marching in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, and I know even more who will be marching in their home towns. So many of us are horrified by so many things that have been happening of late and we feel like we must stand up and be heard. And many of us knitters have needed a place to put our energy, and something to bring us together as a group.
I personally knit this pink hat a couple of weeks ago. I knit it when I didn’t even think I’d be going to a march, but because it felt like something I needed to do for myself.
I was taken aback yesterday when I saw this beautiful collage made by the creators of Ravelry, who promote a place of tolerance and inclusivity for everyone, composed of knitters who have knit a pink hat.
I gave my pink hat away this morning to a close friend who expressed an interest in wearing one. But since I knit that hat I have decided to go to the local march and I definitely want to wear a hat. So I went through my stash and found a beautiful skein of handspun yarn in a pink gradient. T minus 24 hours and this lady has some work to do!