119 Hats

Hats, anyone?

This is what was inside that box from Barbara H., which I had a chance to open up over the weekend!

It was full of hats, in all sizes and colours!

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Thank you so much, Barbara, and your SIL too.  Yes, this will definitely help so many during the coming cold winter months!

 

 

 

 

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Summer Donations

I finally managed to sort through the donations that came in over the summer. For some, I did manage a quick photo and post over on the Facebook page, but not on here because I wanted to feature them properly.  Next time, I’ll do better and post quick posts to both.

Yarn donations came in anonymously.  Thank you so much for these.  If you see your donation here, let me know, so that we can thank you properly.

 

I also had two meet-ups – thanks to Kerri and Joanne for your generous contributions!

And there was an anonymous hats donation that came in.  Well, I couldn’t find the name on the box/packaage/return label.  So if this is your donation, please let us know so that we can thank you properly.

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Hats, scarves and blanket from Diane K and Cyndy S.   Thanks so much for your generous contributions!

We are off to a great start this year, and ready for the winter cold!

Thank you all for your help and support of the cause.

 

 

 

 

The Lighthouse Mission

It has been a while since the last post … sincere apologies for that. Life has a way of just stacking up on you, and then there are not enough hours in a day to get all done.  I promise to time manage better this year.

First off … a new addition to our list of projects to keep others warm.  I received an email from Ann S.  about The Lighthouse Mission, an organization that does many wonderful things for the needy in Long Island, NY, among which is to distribute food to them.  At the long lines for the food, there were many who did not have warm winter clothes, and if we could send them anything?  Well, of course we could.

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I packed up three boxes of your wonderful creations, and shipped them out.  Since it was late at night and almost falling asleep, I also forgot to include a card or flyer about us.  No matter.  I’ll pack up another box when I can, and include everything in that box.

Check out on What We’re Working On for more details on this, and other projects.

And sincere thanks for all that you do to help and support this cause.

 

King Gopher, THD

Here’s a cause that was brought to my attention, and although it’s not for the homeless, I was immediately hooked when I read that hats and scarves were needed for gifts for children who had lost their hair due to their medical conditions.  Best of all, it’s being given to them by King Gopher – a therapy and helping dog!  Isn’t that wonderful?

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HRH King Gopher, THD

 

I know that you’re all busy these days with your Christmas gifts and other personal causes.  But in between the soon to come hectic chaos, one can whip up a hat and scarf set for a child in green and purple colours (two of my favourite colours, by the way!)

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Image courtesy of HRH King Gopher

Complete details on the cause can be found here.

I’m off to dig through my stash – I know I have green and purple yarn in the boxes somewhere.

Hope you join me.

 

Three Boxes Full

Big donation in … Diane, from Clifton, NJ dropped off three boxes of hats, scarves, and gloves!  Thank you so much!

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And she has also nicely matched and bundled them up, ready for giving.

And this is the best idea yet … Buy the gloves, and then knit or crochet a hat and scarf to match the gloves, and you’ve got an almost-instant set!

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Isn’t that a great idea?  I don’t know how to knit mittens and gloves … why didn’t I think of that before?  Those ‘magic’ one-size-fits-all gloves from the 99-cent stores are always good; I’ve seen some good ones on sale at Walmart’s too.

I’m getting all excited to start this up again, specially now that the cold winds are here.

Aren’t you?

Fall is Here!

Fall is here!

Hope you’re all doing fine, and had a good summer!

The summer breezed by me so fast, it ended too soon.  And somewhere in between, none of the hats I was working on would work out … it was too big, it was too small, it had a weird shape, it wouldn’t take shape …

A friend said that it was still too hot to make hats, so maybe I should wait until the weather got cooler.

Well, it’s 20 degrees cooler here now … maybe the hats will take shape when I work on them?

Here’s what I managed to finish so far.  I wanted to try out Lion Brand’s new yarn, Unique.  That’s the two blue hats in front – the big one on the right, and the smaller one in the middle.  Then there’s the red-fuschia-orange-brown behind them.  I love variegated yarn … it makes for interesting colour patterns without the hustle of colour changes, when you don’t have time for that.  The pattern is a simple single crochet all around, or half double crochet around.   On the other hats, I started off with the ribbed pattern for the NYCHHI Hat, then finished off the body with the crochet seed stitch for a bit of texture.

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I’m also finally getting a chance to open up the packages received over the summer.  If you’ve sent something in, apologies that it’s taking so long to acknowledge and post photos of your items.  It’s been such a hectic summer, but I promise that I will be posting them.

Thanks for all your help and support of this cause!

Covenant House New York

Covenant House was started over 30 years ago in the lower east side of Manhattan, when six young runaways were given shelter during a snowstorm.  Today, there are programs in 21 U.S. cities and Latin America, and over 70,000 young people come to Covenant House for shelter.

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Covenant House New York is the largest adolescent care agency, serving the homeless, runaway and at-risk youth.  On average, 300 youth come through the doors of Covenant House New York each night for shelter and nourishment.  I imagine that perhaps more than that will enter through the doors during the cold months of winter.

This will be an ongoing need for the winter items, and I am aiming for 500 items to be donated to Covenant House New York by the end of the year.  But however many we can make will help keep one more youth warm.

Need:       hats, scarves, blankets
Size:         for 16-21 year olds
Amount:   500 (items)
Target:     October – November 2013

Please join us in helping the nation’s youth to keep warm during the winter months.