Knitted Wit HerStory 2022: Bad Feminist


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June's 2022 Herstory is inspired by Roxane Gay, a self-proclaimed Bad Feminist. She's a writer, a teacher, a publisher, a mentor, and a podcaster (among other things), focusing on women and women's experiences in the world. Her works often delve into trauma and its effects on those women. She's written non-fiction essays, memoirs, short fiction, novels, and graphic novels, as well as opinion pieces and articles for many publications. She is, in a word, busy.

One of the unifying themes in Gay's work is the understanding and acceptance that we as humans are flawed; in fact, it's the thesis of her most well-known work, Bad Feminist. She jokes that she's a Bad Feminist, because her approach to and experience of feminism is human, and therefore, imperfect. She enjoys songs that contain misogynistic lyrics, she loves the color pink, she wants someone else to handle the yard work. The essays in the book range from musings on friendship, to in-depth book critiques, to reflecting on her long-standing love of the Sweet Valley High books, to hardhitting essays on rape culture and the harm perpetrated by the patriarchy.


Knitted Wit's Bad Feminist colorway incorporates all of the seeming disparate parts of what makes Roxane Gay whole: a hearty dollup of her actual favorite color, pink, mixed with the color she often told folks was her favorite, the more serious black. The result is as complicated and lovely as our June author.

Fiber Content: 80% Superwash Merino Wool/ 20% Nylon

Weight: Fingering/Sock

Gauge: 7-8 sts = 1" on US 1-3; suggested B-D hook

Weight/Yardage: 115g/420 yds

Care: Hand Wash, Dry Flat

Country Of Origin: USA