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.

 

 

 

 

Getting Ready for the Cold Winds

Hello all!  I hope this finds you well and summer is treating you well!
I know … it’s almost the end of summer … those cold winds are coming back … we’re all going to be bundled up again … I’m not ready for that so soon!  Well, we can’t stop Mother Nature either …

So it’s time to pick up hooks, needles and yarn to work on winter items before the cold winds blow in.  We received some yarn donations and I picked up this bright-coloured ball of yarn, and came up with this.

 

 

 

I really like how this turned out.  I’ve written out the pattern for the hat, which can be found here.

Enjoy the pattern.  I hope to be able to get a few of these done before the cold winds come …

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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?

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.

The NYC-HHI Hat: Ribbed and Striped

The pattern for the NYCH-HHI Hat: Ribbed and Striped is out!

I’ve fiddled around with this so much, I think that it’s ready.  This is the first time I’ve tried to write out a pattern, and then test it to see if it does what it’s supposed to.  I think that it does, but if you do come across something that doesn’t work out, please let me know.

Looking forward to seeing all your creations with this pattern.

Now … to work on a knit version.  Or would somebody like to take up that challenge?