Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rethinking Pink

 When I was a kid, I was a tomboy.  I wanted nothing to do with anything that would infer that I was a girl, or a wimp, or a weakling.  I was one tough cookie.  This probably had something to do with the fact that I grew fast and - for a short while - was taller than a lot of kids in my neighborhood, and the fact that I have always been a bit...fractous.  I was continually getting into fights and, because of my height and ferocious nature, was mostly victorious.  Then I stopped growing and everyone caught up.  Needless to say, payback was painful.

Pink meant girlie things - frilly dresses, dolls, clean socks.  I did not like dresses (although I had a short love affair with a dress worn by a girl sitting next to me in second grade.  It had a blow-up inner tube that made the skirt stand out like an umbrella.  She was mean to me, so I stuck it with a pin when she wasn't looking and the best she could do was a semi-inflation.  Which was not attractive.)   I refused to wear pink right into adulthood.  I did, however, knit myself a lovely alpaca scarf in what I refer to as "rose".  There was quite a bit of rationalization involved.

I am now embracing the pinkness of pink. 
My friend, Maggie.
I have joined the many, many, many knitters who are cranking out Pussyhats for the Women's March in Washington on January 21.  The Pussyhat project is a movement within the movement - a symbol of women's rights and our intention to make sure they are not trodden under with this new - and scary - administration.  I've knitted two hats - I have sock obligations as well - and my friend, Maggie, is going to be wearing one.  I've know Maggie almost as long as I have lived in New York (Upstate).  She was born a rebel and has remained one (in the most endearing way) all of her life.  Maggie has supported and fought for women's and human rights at every opportunity.  It's how she lives her life.  I am a great admirer of Maggie and very proud that my hat - 'tho it resembles more of a devil cat than pussycat - will be on her head when she takes part in history-making later this month.

The second hat came off the needles yesterday and will be winging its way to a total stranger today.  I like the idea that, while I cannot take my place beside the marchers, a little bit of pink, of my making, will be bobbing along with thousands of other bits of pink, creating an entire ocean of pink.  It gives me goosebumps just to think about it.
Lunch time knitting - off the needles.
I hear there is a shortage of pink yarn...  If you haven't heard about the Pussyhat Project, you can read about it here and here.  PINK ON!


Joy said...

I feel the same way about the color pink. But good for you! to be participating in the Pussyhat Project! I'll be marching in Arizona, hatless, but will enjoy seeing what are sure to be the many pussyhats around me. Yours is a great way to be part of this large message-sending effort.

Susan said...

I have heard absolutely nothing about this on national media.

Mama Pea said...

Count me in as another "never wear pink" gal. I did buy a pink turtleneck (at such a sale price I had to) early this winter and whenever I wear it (under a sweatshirt most of the time), I'm complimented on how good the color looks on me. Go figure. Your choice of pink yarns is so lovely (as opposed to baby pink or light pink) that it's okay with me.

We women have always been strong. The human race wouldn't have survived otherwise. It's been our warped society (men have suffered, too) that has kept us from being all we can be. Perhaps change is in the wind . . .

Erin said...

What timing, I was just reading about this online earlier today! I must admit I heard about the yarn shortage and thought "hmmmm, wonder what I can get for my pink yarn stash!". Especially since I have received numerous invites to this march, due to our close proximity a number of military spouses are planning on attending. I don't wear pink either, but in this case all is forgiven!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh, that Pussyhat Project is just TOO fun and funny! Good for you for being a Pussyhat knitter! Thanks for the links.

Sandy Livesay said...


Pussyhat Project, never heard of it. I'm sure your hats and socks will be on display.....#Pink, #Pussyhat Project.

Sending hugs and love your way.

Unknown said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! The visual of your classmate with partially deflated inner tube just made my day!! I had not heard of the pussyhat project - but what a wonderful, wonderful idea. Thanks for the morning smile today! GO PINK - LOL!

Erin said...

so the comment from the guy "boycotting American women" popped up on my feed... I haven't laughed that hard in a long while! He must troll all posts relating to the Pussyhat Project! hahahaha