Still We Rise

Friday I choked back tears at work. I watched smug and intolerant people snatch power and offer empty words and callous actions in return for what they took. I didn’t feel the same shock and despair that I did the day after the election, but I did experience an ache that became sharper every time the camera panned to the Obamas. 2008 was the first election I could vote in , and the night Obama won was the most joyful, inspiring time to be an American that I had ever felt. Until yesterday.

Women's march on Washington, Park City ChapterA small swell of hope began with the women wearing pink scarves on stage at the inauguration as a subtle symbol of resistance. Yesterday, that small feeling grew into an overwhelming pride and love for my country and people, which continues to buzz completely through my core. My fingers are alight with potential and I feel like anything I can do to provide even the smallest bit of change is valid.

The PussyHat Project showed us that knitting clearly can be that change. In the first days after the election I struggled. Like so many people around the country, I felt like rather than being stabbed in the back, I’d been slapped in the face by someone I thought was a friend. So I turned to knitting, my main source of comfort.

Yesterday, I got to wear my hat with pride and solidarity. I’ve gotten more requests for hats than I can possibly make, but I would love for more women to be able to keep their nasty little heads warm. So. I’ve got the bones of a pattern, but I need help. I’m not a knitwear designer and I’ve spent a lot of time trying to perfect this pattern and add the chart to the pattern draft but I haven’t been able to get it right. If there are any designers, tech editors or formatting witches out there, I would so appreciate your help.

Line waiting for bus to women's marchWomen's March on Main, Park City, UTIt’s my intention to sell this pattern and donate all proceeds to the ACLUbecause Nasty Women come in all genders, races, orientations, religions, and persuasions. I have plans to knit these for friends that have asked for them, and have requested that however much money they would normally spend on a hat they donate to their human right’s charity of choice. Please let me know if there’s any way you can help, whether it’s explaining the intricacies of excel,  knitting a hat for yourself, or passing this on to another nasty woman you know–I appreciate it.

Nasty Woman Hat, Women's March

I am filled with hope, resistance, and motivation for the future.

Still we rise.

 

 

 

 

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Moon’s Hat

I published a pattern! Back when my friends Moon and Jane traveled to Scotland they brought me some beautiful wool with an intriguing back story and I decided they should each have a hat from the skeins they brought.

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Moon’s Hat was fittingly  conceptualized  on Moon’s porch! I house sat for them and their house in the woods proved to be the perfect space to ponder what type of hat they each might like.

Moon’s Hat is an easy going, easy to knit, and easy to wear, unisex hat. The look of the hat can change easily depending on your yarn and color choice. It knit up beautifully in the super wooly, grey, Scottish dk I used. It would also be well suited to a smooth, squish-worthy, hand dyed merino.  It’s easy going, unpretentious, and darn fun–just like its namesake.

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The pattern is simple and is suitable for anyone who can knit, purl and decrease in the round. It knits up quickly, and you could churn out a whole bunch of them for holiday gifts in all sorts of different colors. You can download the (free!) pattern on Ravelry, and check back here soon–I’ll add a downloadable link in the sidebar of the blog. I would love to see any versions that are knit up! Feel free to email me with pictures or tag pics on social media as #moonshat and #class5knits !

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