Barnard College Grad Gets Time Magazine Hat Tip

Feb. 8 issue cover features the "pussy hat."

Is there a certain element of poetry in the fact that the owner of a small shop in Los Angeles where the design for the Women’s March “pussy hat” was created is named Kat? Absolutely.

More than anything, the Feb. 8 cover of Time magazine is a testament to the power of social media. Because it is through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram that the Women’s March emblem took flight, after being conceived at The Little Knittery in the Atwater Village section of Los Angeles. From a recent Los Angeles Times article:

“I wanted to do something more than just show up,” said Krista Suh, a 29-year-old screenwriter who lives in downtown Los Angeles, recalling how her professors at the all-female Barnard College in New York City urged her to think about problems. “How can I visually show someone what’s going on? And I realized as a California girl, I would be really cold in D.C. — it’s not tank-top weather year-round. So I thought maybe I could knit myself a hat.”

What started as a project among Suh, Jayna Zweiman and other friends at The Little Knittery in Atwater Village has turned into a global movement. Knitting groups at yarn stores, cafes and coffee shops from Seattle to Martha’s Vineyard have been churning out hats, and craft stores have reported a run on pink yarn. As word spread on social media, thousands of hats — knit with skeins of thick magenta or fuchsia yarn — have been made around the world, including in Australia and Austria. They’re all being sent to collections spots around the country and a basement in Virginia ahead of the Saturday march.

The Little Knittery owner Kat Coyle, 54, created the pattern used by Suh and so many others. Suh, who graduated from Columbia University’s Barnard College in 2009, has worked as a writer’s assistant on the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards, was part of the Fox Writers program and has scripted additional-dialogue scenes for movie trailers. She is also an Ivy League Mensan who has traveled, already, to all seven continents.