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

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.