Feminist knitting – my favourite kind! (Femiknitting! Maybe? No? Fine).
Don’t you love it when two of your favourite things come together? Today I stumbled upon to the Pussyhat Project (^^^ get it?!). What is a pussyhat, you may ask? Good question. As far as I can tell the hats got their name because they are being worn at a protest that is in response to some of the vile statements and policies Trump has aired, including that video bragging about “grabbing [women] by the pussy.” (Side note: I happen to hate this word, but I love that lots of rad ladies are taking it back for themselves). The Pussyhats will make a collective visual statement during the commemoration of the Women’s March on Washington that is scheduled for January 21, 2017. There are simultaneous protests going on everywhere, though, not just Washington – search your Facebook for local events (that’s how I found the one closest to me). You can make a hat and wear it or send hats for others to wear (see the website for details). I just found out about it, but if I had more time I probably would have made one.
I found out about the March last week, but the Guardian has since written a really good article outlining some of the discussions that have taken place around race politics and the March (which, speaking as a white cis feminist, is something I need to pay attention to).
Not enough time to make a hat? Looking for other ways to knit for a good cause?* Here are my favourites:
- Wildlife Rescue Nests is a non-profit that provides patterns and connects volunteers with animal rescue organizations in their home state or province. The nests are used to house little critters while they’re in the care of the rescue organization and the pictures are so cute you’re gonna explode (seriously, go look).
- Awesome Breastforms connects volunteers to knit or crochet custom protheses for women who have survived breast cancer (you can now order special breastforms for swimming!). Volunteers pay the cost for materials and shipping and speak directly to their recipient so they can customize it for them. (There is also a similar UK organizations called Knitted Knockers).
- My nearest Michael’s has a basket where you can drop off 7×9″ squares that will be sewn with other donated squares to create a blanket for Warm Up America.
*Having said that, in most cases the most useful thing you can do for any non-profit is to make a cash donation.
If you know of any other rad knitting activist projects let me know (so I can join in!)