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!
Thank you so much, Barbara, and your SIL too. Yes, this will definitely help so many during the coming cold winter months!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 pattern for the NYCH-HHI Hat: Ribbed and Striped is out!
Caron Simply Soft/H8-5.0mm
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?
The votes are in … the Single Ribbed Hat is the official NYC-HHI hat stitch design. I showed my office colleagues the choices and they voted for Hat No. 1.
The official colour is teal, which can be combined with another colour in the design. I’ve been working on a sample of the hat and trying to write down the pattern as well. I wasn’t going to show anything until the big reveal but … So far, I’ve frogged it four times already, and it’s not working out right, and I don’t want to keep you all in suspense.
This was last night, as I thought I had finally gotten all the numbers right.
This is today, sitting in traffic on the bus, on the way to work … I had frogged up to the second white stripe, and started again.
It was so much easier when I made it the first time, somehow it all worked out, with little or no adjustment. Now that I’m writing down the pattern, suddenly, the hat is too small, the hat is too big, the stitches don’t work out …. ay-yaaayyyy!
I don’t remember making so many adjustments the first time!
I’ll be working on it again on the bus ride home tonight … maybe the pattern will cooperate and I’ll have something more tomorrow …
Stay tuned …
The first hat made for NYC Hats for Hope Initiative is from Christie, in NJ.
Thanks so much for this.
Now that we’ve started, let’s keep it going!