6 Boxes

IMG_7952 I got notifications that I had six boxes to be picked up.  wow – the six boxes were here.  Lisa O had told me that she had shipped off six boxes to NYCHHI.  I was excited to see what was in it.

We unloaded them, and Justin decided he wanted to play jenga with them.  Silly boy.

But I couldn’t open them right away – I had to wait until the weekend to open them up.  I wanted to take my time to enjoy going through the boxes, and not rush through them.

Want to know what’s inside?  Here they are … Ready?

… 32 baby hats … and a blanket/afghan.  Don’t you just love those colours?

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… 8 scarves  …

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… and granny squares … and a skein of yarn to join them together.

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How many granny squares?  206.  Yep.  206 of them – I counted them all.

Joining party, anybody?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A change of pace – crocheting

A change of pace – crocheting

Here’s an idea for your hats … a band around the edge. Go to Ravelry for the pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/banded-toque-with-shell-edge)

Lisa Adcock Designs

Yes, the Knitwit can crochet! Actually, I have many more years of crochet experience than knitting although I much prefer knitting. I wanted a change so I decided to do some stashbusting and make a few hats for charity. The result? A new hat pattern published on Ravelry.com this morning called “Banded toque with shell edge“.

turquoise hat

lavendar hat

The hat uses a specialty yarn from Jo-Ann’s called Wave. I’ve had it in my stash for a few years because I hadn’t figured out how to use until I realized I could embellish a plain hat with it! Crocheting with it required me to slow down and make sure I pulled each of my loops through the stitches so I wasn’t crocheting too tightly. I suppose the other option would have been for me to increase my hook size for the decorative band.

What kind of colors can you make in…

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Dasani

As the main page of the New York Times opened up, a headline from the sidebar caught my eye.

‘Over 22,000 homeless children in New York city …”

What?  So much?  I clicked on the article to read it.  It was the last of a five-part series, and so I started from the top.

‘Invisible Child’ – an investigative series by Andrea Elliot of the New York Times, follows Dasani and her family for about a year.  It chronicles the daily life of a homeless child, their highlights, and more often than not, the downsides of daily life.

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Image courtesy of the New York Times

As I read the series, I was dismayed.  We see the homeless adults walking about on the street;  but we don’t see the children of these.  We see a family out on the street, and as we look at them, we can see that they are low-income families.  But I don’t see them as homeless.  And as I read the article, this is what I am thinking.  They are not homeless – the government provides a shelter for them.  A horrible place to stay in and live, to be sure, but there is a place for them to go to at night.  They are not out on the street; they don’t have to sleep out on the street.

But as the article shows, being ‘homeless’ just doesn’t mean that you are living out on the streets and sidewalks, under bridges, ramps, or against a fence.  It also means that you don’t have a permanent place of your own, where you can sleep knowing that you are safe under a roof.  It also means that you have to put up with a government-run shelter, living in a one-bedroom apartment, and subject to the bureaucracy of a government that cannot provide a building with good living conditions.

How the government can allow families to live in conditions such as those shelters that Dasani and her family were staying in is another discussion for another time.  I only hope that with the attention that Dasani and this piece is getting right now will continue on to the upper levels of the government, and that they will actually do something about improving the system.

At the end of the series, Dasani and her family have moved to another government shelter, on the west side of Manhattan.  This one looks to be considerably better than the one they left; it’s an actual apartment, with a kitchen.  I hope to see Dasani one day, and see how she is doing.  With the exposure brought on by this article,  I do hope and pray that she breaks the cycle of life that she has been born into.

I will be looking into how we can help with helping the children of the shelters.  That’s a whole new world that I am now aware of.  And when I see children running about on the streets, I will be thinking of this article and Dasani.

I hope you do too.

 

 

 

To Serve the Poor … Bring Hope to Others

Francis Vows to Serve ‘Poorest, Weakest’ and Urges Leaders to Offer Hope “

I read the headline, and quickly posted to the Facebook page last week, saying that we were already following Pope Francis’ first pledge …  serve the poor, bring hope to others.

Image courtesy of NY TImes

Image courtesy of NY TImes

And as I read the article, I felt more than ever that what we are doing is the right thing to do.  We all know that already, even before Pope Francis had highlighted this to the world.

So as you knit or crochet a hat or scarf, I thank you that you are joining in the pledge … and that we are doing our part in serving the world.

Welcome

163017_10150134137908906_662643905_7851242_4182376_nWelcome to the NYC Hats for Hope Initiative.

This is a spin-off from Emily’s Hats for Hope Initiative, which aims to warm the homeless and working poor, one state at a time.

This group will focus on New York City’s homeless and working poor, and will hopefully spread out to the other boroughs in time.  But all requests from surrounding areas will be considered.

How to warm the homeless and working poor?  Well, by donating handmade hats, scarves, gloves, maybe blankets.  These will be either knitted or crocheted by generous crafters, who donate much of their time and resources.

Come over and help keep somebody warm … one hat at a time.