How big is Saturday's women's march? Try buying pink yarn
SEATTLE -- They're calling it "The Power of Pink" -- on Saturday, thousands of people will participate in the 'Women's March on Washington' to stand up for women's rights, and they're planning to wear pink hats while doing it. They're wearing the hats to make a statement and the movement is gaining so much support that yarn shops are running low on pink yarn.
"I'm just knitting as fast as I can right now because Saturday is not that far away," said Tracy Riser who's been making hats for family and friends.
Supporters will march in Washington D.C., and around the country as part of the so-called "Pussyhat Project." The march is scheduled for the day after Donald Trump's inauguration because supporters want to send a message to President Donald Trump that women's rights are human rights.
"I just think it's really important that the incoming administration understands that women's rights are important and we're going to continue to fight for the gains that we've had and the gains that we want to continue to make," said Riser.
The movement is gaining so much support that yarn shops are running low on pink yarn. At Bad Woman Yarn in Wallingford the owner has been reordering pink yarn for customers during the last two weeks.
"The last two weeks it has just been crazy, it really has," said owner Lee Burrow.
Burrow said when she called to reorder yarn on Monday morning one of her vendors only had two bags of pink yarn left.
"I think it's terrific, I really do," said Burrow reacting to the project support. "Just a way for women to be empowered and to stand up and actually have fun doing it."
Burrow said the project is bringing men and women to her shop -- some who haven't knitted in years.
"The 'pussy hat' is kind of like a pink hard hat or something," said customer Erika Peterson. "It's like a statement about what women can do and who they are."
The name "Pussyhat Project" is drawing criticism from some. It's a wordplay that stems from comments Trump made about women.
"Some people say why use a derogatory word, but I think if we use it it's our own word and it doesn't have any demeaning nature to it after that," said Riser who plans to keep knitting. It's her way of fighting for policies that she feels are important.
"Good women policy is good for everybody, not just women," said Riser. "It's good for men, and it's good for children, and it's good for our country."
There's also a march in Seattle that's happening on Saturday in solidarity with the Washington D.C., event.
The event starts at 10:00 a.m. and supporters will march from Judkins Park to the Seattle Center.
You can find out more about the "Pussyhat Project" here.
And this site provides more information on women's marches.