This weekend I a #NekiaKAL participant and when Monday comes it is my hope that I will be well on my way to having a new sweater for my fall wardrobe! And, if I am really productive, I will be done on Monday but, I have my doubts that will happen. However, with no sleeve’s to knit perhaps this is doable! FYI, in all honesty, I did begin yesterday afternoon. I was not sure about the starting directions and I had some undivided time so I sat down to begin working on it. I only had to rip back once, lol. Perhaps the rainy weekend will afford me some extra knitting time, we shall see! Anyways, stay tuned for an update on Monday!
Last week I got an email from the ladies from an awesome project called “RESIST in a Box” asking if I would share some information here on my blog and I thought that considering what has been going on over the past 210 days; yes, absolutely! I asked them to send me some more information and, they did! They have volunteer knitters who are helping with the project and today I would like to share what Marcia Rogers shared with me:
Edyie Stika from Iowa City, Iowa, embodies the very definition of resistance. She is a mentor to many, a business woman, an inventor, a caretaker and a friend to all activists in her community! Edyie has owned The Knitting Shoppe in Iowa City for over 30 years. It is a hub and center for thoughtful discussions and creativity. Each year she dedicates her product and space to crank out many free winter hats for youth in Iowa City called Caps for Kids. Edyie and her shop were instrumental in being a conduit for women seeking Pink Pussyhats, making hats, and distributing hats for the Women’s March in January. I approached Edyie and told her my idea for RESIST in a Box and asked for her help in designing a pattern of a miniature Pink Pussyhat! I wanted to do something that paid tribute to the women who inspired us all and gave us hope and empowerment last January! Originally, I said to Edyie,” Let’s make a key chain!” So, as we fiddled with this new pattern and how to attach it to a key chain, suddenly Edyie burst into giggles and this idea was born instead….
The one in your box has extra yarn connected to it so you can attach it to your key chain, your rear-view mirror or just keep it upright on your desk! Enjoy its many uses. I encourage you all to follow Edyie as we tell more stories about her and about other knitters helping this project. Her shop is just beautiful and it is located at 2141 Muscatine Ave. Iowa City, IA 52240.
From that simple day of asking Edyie to help me design a pattern, I have now met many women who came forward to help knit these small hats for RESIST in a Box. Their stories of resistance are worth sharing and you will hear about more of them in future posts!
Thank you, EDYIE, dear friend and my inspiration…and to all of you reading today, my appreciation.
Keep up the #RESIST!
RESIST in a Box
And, a huge thanks to Marcia and Arin for sharing this with me!!
Now, how about some links!
- Staying with the #RESIST theme… Holding Hope Kerchief
- Sweetpea…the perfect sweater to extend the months of summer well into the fall!
- Sikuli Shawl combines some very interesting techniques into a really striking shawl!
- Aeque (Latin for equally) I mean really, Latin and knitting and mini-skeins? This is the perfect combination!
- Småstein and Pyla – international tiny people knits!
That is all I have this week! Have a great weekend! (Oh, and get some knitting in would you?)