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History of the #pussyhat #project [#geekgirl]

Pink Hat Project

Knit 1, Protest 2.

“I wanted to do something more than just show up,” said Krista Suh the 29-year-old screenwriter who lives in downtown Los Angeles, recalling how her professors at the all-female Barnard College in New York City urged her to think about problems. “How can I visually show someone what’s going on? And I realized as a California girl, I would be really cold in D.C. — it’s not tank-top weather year-round. So I thought maybe I could knit myself a hat.”

And so the “pussyhat project” was born. Knitters — mostly women — started crafting handmade pink caps with cat ears, a reference to Trump’s vulgar statements about grabbing women’s genitals, which were revealed in a leaked video shortly before the election.

What started as a project among Suh, Jayna Zweiman and other friends at the Little Knittery in Los Angeles’ Atwater Village section turned into a global movement. Knitting groups at yarn stores, cafes and coffee shops from Seattle to Martha’s Vineyard churned out hats, and craft stores have reported a run on pink yarn. As word spread on social media, thousands of hats — knit with skeins of thick magenta or fuchsia yarn — have been made around the world, including in Australia and Austria.

Krista Suh, left, and Jayna Zweiman, right, co-creators of the "pussyhat," are photographed with Kat Coyle on Jan. 6, 2017 at The Little Knittery in Atwater Village, Calif.  (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times/TNS) Krista Suh, left, and Jayna Zweiman, right, co-creators of the “pussyhat,” are photographed with Kat Coyle

Source: SF Examiner

 For patterns: The Pussyhat Project

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