For March HerStory, Knitted Wit is showcasing the truly incomparable bell hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins). She adopted her maternal great-grandmother's name as her pen name because her greatgrandmother "was known for her snappy and bold tongue, which I greatly admired." She wanted the focus of her work to be on the "substance of books, not who I am," so chose not to capitalize her pen name.
bell hooks' influence reaches into many different arenas, and she shared herself in many different ways: hooks was a professor, a featured speaker, a cultural critic, a filmmaker. The thread that weaves her works together is her intersectionality, and the central theme of all of her work is love:
"I believe wholeheartedly that the only way out of domination is love," she told the philosopher George Yancy in an interview for The New York Times in 2015, "and the only way into really being able to connect with others, and to know how to be, is to be participating in every aspect of your life as a sacrament of love."
The L-O-V-E colorway is an homage to bell hooks' beloved Appalachia. We hope this earthy skein accompanies you as you explore hook's work.
Fiber Content: 80% Superwash Merino Wool/ 20% Nylon
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