Friday, January 30, 2015

Summary of 2014

It was five years ago that knitters gathered in the library of a neighborhood church and launched the Hats for the Homeless project; word quickly spread to knitters in our community and 300 hats were collected. Read on about the amazing number of donations we received this year. We now have hats coming in from all across the country.

 Early December volunteers gathered at Steven B’s yarn shop in Minneapolis to count and to sort hats to get ready for distribution. We counted, we sorted, we made huge piles of hats for men, women, and children – 1700 hats had been knit along with 250 scarves. This was early December and within the next two weeks 800 more hats arrived along with 140 scarves! We ended up collecting 2500 hats and close to 400 scarves.

With this amazing number of hats and scarves, we were able to donate to 26 agencies and schools in our community that serve the homeless and those marginally housed. As we delivered the goods to these agencies, we talked to the people in charge and asked for feedback and how we could best serve their needs. Based on this information, we are making some changes for 2015.

Changes for 2015

  • With the early onset of cold weather in 2014, we have decided to deliver hats and scarves to the agencies in late October—early November so that they are prepared when the cold weather hits.
  • After reading recent articles in the newspaper about homeless statistics in our community and talking with school social workers, we will be collecting hats for school aged kids and delivering them to schools serving a high population of homeless kids.
  • This year for the first time, homeless people standing in line on a bitter cold day waiting for a hot lunch at Mary’s Place, asked for scarves. We need more scarves.
A warm thanks to all the knitters in our community and across the country who knit for the project and in turn tell their friends about the project. People often ask me how many people are knitting for the project…my answer, “I don’t know…but many.” When knitting hats and scarves, keep in mind we are going after WARMTH….hats that are long enough to cover the ears and have a wide enough cuff to double up for extra protection and scarves should be about 8 inches wide and at least 42 inches long.
Barbara Melom

Monday, October 27, 2014

Knitting for Charity

Winter is just around the corner and 100’s of hats are needed to keep heads warm this winter. HATS FOR THE HOMELESS will be hosting a day of charity knitting at Steven Be's on Tuesday, November 11th. Pack up your needles and yarn and join us for this all day event. We will begin at 10:30 and continue until 7:30; stay as long as your schedule permits. Bring along a bag lunch; beverages and treats will be provided. Always surprises in store with new patterns and bins of yarn. We will also be collecting food items to donate to the Emergency Foodshelf.

Date: Tuesday, November 11th
Time: 10:30 am until 7:30 pm
Place: Steven Be
           3448 Chicago Avenue S.
           Minneapolis, MN

Spread the word to your knitting pals and join us for this fun filled and inspirational day as we knit hats; scarves and mittens are okay to pass along to those in need! As always we will have experienced knitters on hand to help you get started if this is your first hat.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hat Pattern

Here is a pattern that uses bulky yarn and the designer is from Minnesota. The pattern can be found on Ravelry and is called The Grand Marais Hat. Use this link to go to Ravelry so you can download this pattern. It is a fun pattern to knit and works up quickly. You can use one color or up to three colors, it is your choice.

The Grand Marais Hat pattern Katie Chameleon
If you do not frequent Ravelry, it is a great site to find patterns, share what you are working on, keep track of your needles and your yarn stash, just to give you some ideas what is available. Also you can follow your favorite pattern designers, yarn shops, etc. You will need to set up a username and password .

The Grand Marais Hat pattern by Katie Chameleon
Happy knitting. Hope you enjoy this pattern.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hats for 2014

We are accepting hats for 2014. They are due the first week of December.

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Please join us when we knit at Butter Bakery Cafe this fall. We get together on the third Saturday of the month from 11:00 until 1:00. The address is 3700 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409. We will be there on Saturday, September 20th; Saturday, October 18th and Saturday, November 15th. Hope you can join us on one or all of these dates.

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Completed hats may be delivered to these businesses:

1601 E. Lake Street.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

3448 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Linden Yarn & Textile, Inc.
5814 Excelsior Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55416


Hats may be mailed to:
Hats for the Homeless
c/o Barbara Melom
5314 Penn Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Summary of 2013

One can only say “Thank You”
in just so many ways.
We hope the method chosen here
will be one that truly stays.
Hats for the Homeless has grown
in the hands of knitters whose caring
will put 2160 beautiful caps
on the heads of folks who’ll be wearing
much more than colorful cotton
as they face Minnesota weather-
they’ll know that the gift they’re wearing
means we’re all truly knit together.
So “Thank you” to all who created these gifts.
Each year we give more and the mission is true
to reach out in love and experience the blessing
to tell folks “We care about you.”

Items have come in from all across the country. Ragga from Iceland sent us a hat as well as Steven West who lives in Amsterdam....both well known knitting designers! Start your projects for next year!

We’ll be meeting the 3rd Saturday of every month at Butter Bakery on 37th and Nicollet from 11:00 until 1:00. Bring your yarn and knitting needles and join other knitters from the neighborhood. Hope to see you on Saturday, January 18th.

We never really have a final count as hats keep coming year of mid December 2013 we had received 2160 hats and many scarves, some socks, and a few pair of mittens. So far we have delivered hats to 16 agencies in town who serve the homeless and those living on the edge. As you all know it has been an extremely cold and snowy winter in Minneapolis.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Barbara Melom

Tuesday, December 3, 2013



Thanks to the knitters from General Mills who arrived at Steven Be’s a few Sundays ago with a huge pile of hats...well, 212 to be exact. They spent the afternoon knitting, shopping, and looking for new hat patterns. It was a fun day to meet some of the knitters in our community who are knitting for Hats for the Homeless. 


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Question: "How many hats does it take to fill a Volkswagon?" 

Answer: "Nobody knows, there is still room for more hats."

Grandma Bernice says: "Better keep knitting so we can fill up the car!” 
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The greatest need is for basic hats knit for men in dark solid blue, black, grey, and brown...preferably washable wool. Large and extra large...when in doubt knit it an inch longer to cover the ears.

We will be collecting hats throughout the winter. Hats can be dropped off at Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian Shop on Lake St. and 16th Avenue, Linden Hills Yarn and Textile Center on Excelsior Blvd, Steven Be’s Yarn Shop on 35th and Chicago, or at the front desk at the YMCA on York Avenue in Edina.

Next Event: Knitters will be getting together on Saturday, December 21 st. at Butter Bakery located on 37th and Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis. We will meet at 11:00 am until 1:00 pm or as late as you want to stay. Butter Bakery, a locally owned neighborhood restaurant, has delicious food at reasonable prices and good lighting for knitting. Bring along the latest hat you are working on and spend this time with other kindred spirits. We will be meeting there regularly on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Join us and bring along a friend.
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Friday, November 8, 2013

In the newspaper

Yesterday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune had a really nice story about the Hats for the Homeless project. How it began and how it has expanded. Here is a link to the newspaper article. A big thank you to all community knitters who have helped expand this charity project.