|Women have been doing handwork forever. They have gathered together for centuries working on individual or community projects permitting them an opportunity to socialize while making necessary items. After WWII women became busier outside of the home and this wonderful practice was viewed as old fashioned. Times have changed and ba-zing, this has once again become a part of our society.
Except it’s been updated with a new concept – yarn bombing, a fun way to celebrate public space while bringing communities together and once again, women doing hand work. Knit the Bridge, Pittsburgh is a massive community arts project bringing together the many diverse communities of Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania together to create a large-scale, aesthetically stunning, fiberarts installation on a bridge in downtown Pittsburgh.
I recently attended a meeting where a few of the women were knitting and crocheting their panels for this project and I said I didn’t think I had time and I don’t crochet anymore. I was wrong. I was sitting between two women. One handed the other a ball of yarn and a hook, she set right to work for a while, over and under, and then nonchalantly handed me the piece asking me to continue. I immediately, without thought, started crocheting. I was quickly reminded of the peace that hand work brings and how calming its natural repetitiveness is. So I am calmly working on my panel and pleased to be a part of this community outreach project. I’ll show you a photo of my panel when it’s finished. In the meantime if you’d like to participate in this really cool project while enjoying the personal benefits of hand work, visit Knit the Bridge. You’ll be glad you did.
For many years it has been assumed that pink is for girls and blue is for boys. This wasn’t always the case. It used to be practical to dress both genders of babies in white dresses. White could be bleached, the outfits could be used for either gender allowing one to reuse all of the baby’s clothing.
In the early 1900’s pink was chosen for boys since it’s a stronger color and blue was for girls because it was more delicate. People couldn’t seem to agree on this concept and preferences went back and forth until the mid 1980’s when we finally settled on the pink=girl, blue=boy thing. Something had to be chosen for mass marketing reasons and pink was the chosen color for girls in France which often dictates fashion. So, there you have it.
If you want to know more about color trends, symbolism, and the emotional characteristics of color I will be teaching at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival in March. Hope to see you there!
Oh, and if you want to know who’s in the photo, go to the Smithsonian magazine online