Friday, September 2, 2016

Midtown Farmers Market

Pleae join us at the Midtown Farmers Market
Saturday, September 10th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
2225 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN
Corner of East Lake and Hiawatha Avenue
Near the YWCA

Hat patterns will be available. Bring your knitting! Also bring a chair.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Halos of Hope - Charity Knitting

Join us on 
Tuesday, July 12th
11:00 am - 7:00 pm 
35th and Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

We will knit hats for Halos of HopeHalos of Hope is a not for profit organization committed to providing volunteer-crafted hats to cancer centers across the country.

We will be knitting all day,so join us anytime. Yarn will be available for a minimal fee, lots of patterns to choose from and experienced knitters on hand to answer questions. Bring along your basic knitting supplies, a snack to share and spend the day with kindred spirits. Bring along a friend. Beverages will be provided.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Review of 2015

Hawaiian Care Package to the Frozen North
80 degrees in Honolulu
-10 degrees in Minneapolis

Maybe it was a coincidence, but a bag full of hats arrived today from Honolulu where the natives are basking in the sunshine while the Minneapolis folks are wearing layers of clothing to fight off the bitter cold.

It’s our seventh year of collecting hats, scarves and mittens to donate to the schools, shelters, and community centers that serve the homeless and the needy. On November 11, 60 charity knitters came together to knit and crochet items for the project. 100’s of hats were turned in that day from knitters who had been knitting all year. Over the course of the year, 2600 hats were made, plus scarves and mittens. We were able to deliver donations to over 30 drop-off sites who serve people in need. Hats make up the largest number of our donations.

Monica Nilsson, an advocate for the homeless who works at St. Stephen’s Shelter spoke to the group about what it’s like to be a homeless person living in Minneapolis and surviving our frigid winters. She spoke about how our community is serving people in need of housing…very informative speech. Although, Monica herself is not a knitter, she had one piece of good advice for all of us…” KNIT YOUR HATS ON SMALLER NEEDLES SO THE STITCHES ARE TIGHTER….MAKES FOR A WARMER HAT.”

Hats for the Homeless has completed seven years and we have distributed over 11,000 hats in our community thanks to the warm hearts of the generous people in our community, not just Minneapolis, but all across the country.

Looking ahead to 2016, keep the items coming; we collect all year round, starting deliveries in November and wrapping things up in February. Read the blog, there are quite a few good patterns to follow.

Once again, thanks for your gift of warmth…everyone needs a hat to survive our bitter cold winters.

Barbara Melom

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Charity Knitting

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Look forward to seeing you at StevenBe!

Here are links to some great hat patterns created by Minnesota designers that we have permission to use. 
Thanks to our contributing designers! 

Saint Anthony Cable Hat:

More pattern suggestions on this Ravelry page.

3448 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wednesday, November 11th

Calling All Charity Knitters

Charity Knitting Kick-Off and Collection Drive at StevenBe 
Wednesday, November 11th    
11:00AM to 7:00PM

We're just like you. We're teachers, business executives, parents, retirees, name it. But the one thing we all have in common is our
dedication to those in need. Join us at StevenBe for this day where we combine our Passion, our Neighbors, and our Community in the ultimate acts of charity. Barb Melom and Joan Gilbertson head up this charity knitting day bringing groups and individuals from all over the city to support Hats for the Homeless.

We have everything you need to support this cause:
 - Copious amounts of coffee and tea and a pot luck of snacks supplied by participants.
- Free yarn and needles from our generous sponsors, Universal Yarn and Clover Needles.
- Charity deals all day with proceeds benefiting the StevenBe Creative Community Foundation.
 - 3 Charity hat patterns to jump start your hat creation.
 - Inspiration and Community to share the love.
We look forward to seeing you for this amazing day, whether you drop off a hat or knit all day. See you at StevenBe Wednesday the 11th!  

skinny zebra

3448 Chicago Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Friday, October 16, 2015

Save The Date

Hats for the Homeless Knitting Event

When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Where: StevenBe Minneapolis, MN

Time: 11 a.m.

Hope to see you!

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