01.31.17

Post Women's March on DC and Local Womxn's Marches Redux

We have been tying up ends and catching up with things that fell behind during the Great Pink Escapade of January 2017. In an effort to answer your questions, we are posting this blog post as a WIP while we gather our wits. Thank you all for your patience!

 

FAQ

Can I still wear my Pussyhat?

 

It's up to you! Many are wearing them as part of their daily uniform. You may also considering holding onto your hat for any upcoming events you may want to participate in for Women's Equality. If you are done with your hat and received it from a maker who donated it to the cause, please return it to them, return it to us (people are looking for them!), pay it forward, or donate it to a shelter. Please do not sell a donated hat for profit.

 

 

I didn't get one in time for the Marches but I would still love to wear one day to day in solidarity. Where can I get a Pussyhat? 

 

We currently do not have any. And while we would love to make more, we wouldn't be able to compete cost-effectively for most. There are, however, MANY Pussyhat Makers on Etsy. You can even search by location and find a Maker close to home. We are adamant about promoting the charitable intention of the original project and one of our staff might consider making you a Pussyhat for a charitable donation of $200 to one of our favorite programs: First Place Schools or Mary's Place.

 

 

Do you still have pink yarn?

 

Yes, but we always had pink yarn LOL. We brought in a few extra yarns and pinks to keep up with demand and even dyed a few dozen kilos (OK, 40kg to be exact), however, we have restocked most of the pink yarns we normally stock.  And, as of Thursday February 3, we have 30 skeins of Very Berry Malabrigo back in stock!  Check it out, it's the pinkest!

 

 

How many hats were mobilized?

 

We sent 327 requested pussyhats with locals marching on DC with an additional 532, for a total of 859 Pussyhats to Washington D.C. We also put 140 pussyhats on local marchers heads here and sent 82 along with Weaving Worker Cory to the March on Seattle, for a total of 222!

 

 

You know, there are upcoming Marches this spring for Black Lives Matter and Tax Day...

 

Yes! We are aware. We are awaiting more specific instruction from those organizing these events in regards to what they are looking for and what they would like us to do. What we know so far is they've requested plain black (no glitz or other colors), machine washable beanie or slouchy hats to accommodate different hair styles. No official patterns have been released that we know of yet.

 

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who marched and all who made. It has been a truly amazing experience working with all of you and feeling the entire endeavor come together. Community has always been important, and regardless of whether you are just beginning to reach out or have been an established supporter or activist for equity and equality, keep reaching, we are here.

01.03.17

Pussyhats!

 

We have been actively participating in the Pussyhat Project since November, but due to a Seattle Times article published today, we have had an amazing response! This blog post is under construction and will be updated as time allows.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER WE ARE CLOSED ON MONDAYS!

 

Thank you, Pussyhat Makers!! We have sent over 800 pussyhats to DC Marchers with and on the heads of over 300 local marchers marching on DC. Thank you all for helping make the Women's March on Washington D.C. as epic-ly pink as possible.

 

We are currently in the process of fulfilling over 500 requests from people marching on Seattle! We are distributing hats to people in the order of request and have stopped taking requests from Seattle marchers. If you contacted us about a pussyhat for your march, please be advised we are still fulfilling requests from January 5th. Pussyhat Makers with extras, please bring them by if you are able and bring them to your local march if not.

 

There are simple sewn patterns on the Pussyhat Project website for those of you in a last minute pinch. Pacific Fabrics may have kits, and these hats are simple enough to be quickly hand stitched as well!

 

Learn more about the Pussyhat Project.

Learn more about the Women's March on Washington D.C. on January 21st.

Interested in the Women's March on Seattle this January 21st, check out their Facebook page.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS  

Friday, January 20 from 10am to 6pm at Hogness Auditorium, UW

  • CONVERSATIONS FOR HEALTH EQUITY - FREE

Join community leaders and social advocates such as Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary You and Dr. Ben Danielson for a day of dialogue and activities around health equity, current topics affecting healthcare and self care. Come to as many or as few as you'd like. Bring your Pussyhats and/or work on them during the event. More information and full schedule can be found here.

 

FAQ

Where can I download my free copy of the Pussyhat pattern for knitting and crochet? HERE!

 

Why "Pussyhat"? Oh, we're going to let the Pussyhat Project explain that... Scroll down for the Mission Statement.

 

Do you have any pink yarn left? Some, yes... We have been dyeing extra pink yarn to keep up with demand and are waiting for another shipment of pink yarn to arrive this week. We've also made some really fun "Magic Balls" of pink yarn that should work up fairly quickly if you follow our bulky pattern.

 

Stacy's Remarkable 5th Batch of Pink  All the yarn!

 

Is a Pussyhat hard to make? Nope! The patterns are written at a beginner level. 

 

I really need help with this... We're here to help (or try to help, lol). You can drop by during one of Drop-In Workshops (help for Pussyhats will be free of charge). Drop-In times for Pussyhats are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 12:30pm and Wednesday at 6pm.

 

Do I need to be a knitter to make a Pussyhat? All fiber crafters are welcome! Knit, crochet, sew, felt, weave a pink hat with or without ears to help keep the "sea of pink" warm along the march. 

 

What kind of yarn do I need? There are patterns for different weight yarns and techniques (crochet, knit and sew) at www.pussyhatproject.com. Find our consolidated knitting pattern for worsted, bulky and super bulky weights here.  The worsted weight knitting pattern requires about 150 yards of yarn. 

 

Do you have the yarn used in the original pattern? No, unfortunately we (and Malabrigo) are sold out of Malabrigo Worsted in any pinks.

 

How much does the yarn to make a Pussyhat cost? It can range, but on average $10 or a bit more. Many balls/skeins of yarn will have left over yardage to start another hat.

 

Why should I buy Pussyhat yarn from you? Because you appreciate us and want to show us your support as well :) Also, because we are giving 10% off yarns to make Pussyhats through January 20th. If you have a local yarn shop you'd prefer to support, please shop pink with them! If they aren't collecting hats for distribution, please, please consider sending finished hats to us, as we are collecting an amazing list of marchers in need.

 

I have a crazy stash full of so much pink! Any advice? Yes, make more hats! Stripe and color block if you don't have enough of one color to make a whole hat.

 

My yarn is too skinny... Double fingering/sport/light DK weight yarn and use the worsted weight pattern. Double a plump DK and use the bulky weight version of our pattern.

 

I/my friend/someone I know is marching in D.C. Can we get a hat? How much will it cost? The hats are free for marchers. Pussyhat makers have donated their time and resources to keep your head warm and carry their thoughts with you on the march. We have closed our request form now that we are caught up. If you are able, please come by and your request will be fulfilled first come, first served.

 

I/my friend/someone I know is marching in Seattle. Can we get a hat? When the Pussyhat Project launched, one of the immediate goals was to fill the National Mall with pink Pussyhat-wearing marchers. We have committed to sending as many as possible to the national march in Washington D.C. We will be sending any extra hats on January 18th to the national march. Any received thereafter will be available for Seattle Marchers. We have closed our request form for hats, as the list for Seattle Marchers has surpassed 500. We may not have time to contact everyone on our lists before it's marching time, so one of our coworkers will be bringing all extras we have to the Seattle march. 

 

I'm on your list, will I be guaranteed a Pussyhat for when I march? Unfortunately, we cannot make that promise. We will do our very best to fulfill requests on a first come, first served basis. Seattle marchers, beware, we are not sure how many Pussyhats we will receive between our ship date and the 21st.

 

Will you send me a Pussyhat for my local march? No, we are pretty extended at this point. Please contact your local yarn shop to see if they are participating or know anyone who is participating and might make you a hat. Marching on D.C.? We will be shipping all remaining we receive by January 18th to the organizers attending the march. They will announce directions for picking up a hat there within a week of the March.

 

I can't make a Pussyhat, nor can I march. Can I donate to the cause? If you would like to contribute funds towards supplies for Pussyhat makers without the means, please use this link to contribute via the Weaving Works. You can also donate directly to the Pussyhat Project here or the Womens March on Washington here. If (unlikely) there are spare funds from donations, we will donate them to Mary's Place.

 

I really want to make Pussyhats for marchers, but I don't have the means to pay for yarn to make them! Let us know if you are in a pinch! The pink from our staff members stashes has all been parceled out, but we are collecting donations to help those who want to get involved purchase yarn. You just have to pinky swear you'll bring us your Pussyhat by January 18, and that you'll bring any spare yarn leftover back so we can make more striped Pussyhats.

 

 

08.08.16

Super Sale Tuesdays

 

If you haven't been in this summer, you may have missed our augmented sale section. We are making some important changes around the shop, and in the process, we're revamping our line-up and passing some amazing savings on to you.


As a bonus, every Tuesday take an extra 20% off already reduced prices on sale items. Come in and check it out (in store only, while supplies last, first come, first served)!

 

Yarns currently in the expanded sale area:

     

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    07.01.16

    All You Knit is Love

    We are pleased to announce the display of All You Knit is Love by Susie Haumann. This pattern book has 15 patterns including vests, pants, accessories, a jacket, and more! All for babies 0-18 months. We knit up a few samples at the shop - you can see them in store or here on Ravelry.

     

     

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    04.26.16

    Annual Mother's Day Sale 2016

    Every year we celebrate Mother's Day with our big sale. This year's sale will take place Friday, May 6th through Sunday, May 8th with extended hours on Friday evening.


    As usual, you can expect the biggest discounts of the year and some yarns that have disappeared from our shelves to reappear at significant discount.


    Here's the deal:

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    04.16.16

    Bihn is Back!

    The Tom Bihn "Maker's Bag" is finally back! Following "The Swift", this messenger bag was designed for Makers on the go -- to "support all of us—knitters, architects, robot makers, foragers, writers, designers, teachers, or painters—in our making." It has 12 pockets to hold literally everything, a flap to keep things covered and an awesome shoulder strap that is comfy and secure.

     

    It sold out a few times directly after the launch that we've just restocked now!

     

     Photo from Tom Bihn

     

    Be sure to check us out in their product video! We had a lot of fun filling the new bag with all sorts of knitting and fiber goodness. (Not shown in the video: The interior pockets hold drop spindles quite nicely...)

     

    04.11.16

    The Needles Have Moved

     

     

    If you've been in the shop recently, you may have noticed some rearranging going on. We've moved our needle selection (circulars, double points, straight, interchangeables, etc.) behind the counter. This is so we can have a greater range of needles and have more room for awesome things to come!

     

    We currently carry Clover, Hiya Hiya, Addi, Inox/Prym, Knitter's Pride, and Daisy needles. We also have Addi Click, Clover, Hiya Hiya, and Knitter's Pride interchangeable needles.

     

    We will be updating the website to reflect some of our new offerings, but please stop by the shop or get in touch with us if you have specific questions.We are able to make special orders so don't hesitate to ask if you can't find the needles you need!

    03.31.16

    Chic-a Needle Cases

    Can't seem to keep all your needles in the same place? Well, you're in luck! We now carry a variety of Chic-a needle cases in fun colors and designs.

     

    Photo of Assorted Cases

     

    Chic-a needle cases are made from easy to maintain oil cloth and have amazing capacity for their compact profile.  

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    03.15.16

    Felting Needle Guide

     

    The Weaving Works now carries reverse- and spiral-blade felting needles, in addition to triangles and stars.  The various shapes and sizes of felting needles are used for different reasons, as they produce different results.  Since this might be confusing, we've written up this basic guide.

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    01.04.16

    Farewell & Bon Voyage Sale

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