Friday, November 30, 2012

Interview with KARE11

I did an interview with a local TV station a few weeks ago regarding the Hats for the Homeless project. The filming took place at Steven Be's. It was on air during the 5:00 pm news on KARE11 last night. Here is the link to the interview.

Keep knitting!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Charity Knitting Day


Help us make a difference in our community this Holiday Season!

Charity Knitting Day and Collection Drive at StevenBe

Saturday, November 17th - 11am to 3pm

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 and the StevenBe Creative Community Foundation.

Let us know you are attending
RSVP to or
StevenBe at 612-259-7525

Your Passion
Knitting for charity allows you to follow your fiber passion
while contributing to a cause that's important to all of us.

 Your Neighbors
We're all in this together. And volunteering is  a great
 way to meet and get to know others in your fiber
community and beyond.

Your Community
Your contributions will be distributed to local
organizations recognized by hats for the homeless.



Monday, October 8, 2012


Hope you have been able to do some knitting with the weather changing to much cooler.

Another place to drop off your completed hats is Ingelbretsen's at 1601 East Lake Street, Minneapolis.

Regarding the day of charity knitting at StevenB's, Saturday, Nov. 17 from 11:00 - 3:00 p.m. This is going to be a potluck lunch instead of a catered lunch which was stated in the last post. Please bring a dish to share.
Enjoy all the great colors fall brings.

Monday, October 1, 2012

October/November event updates

Leaves are falling and temperatures are dropping which is a sign that winter is on its way.  We are hoping to have one more outdoor"knitting in public" before the snow falls.

Sunday, October 21st, we'll be at the Linden Hills Farmers Market at 43rd Street and Upton Avenue So.--in the parking lot next to Settergren's Hardware Store.  We'll be there from 9 to 12 noon with hat samples and patterns.  Bring your knitting and join us.

Saturday, November 17th, we'll be getting together for a full day of charity knitting at Steven B's Yarn Garage over on 34th and Chicago Avenue So.  There will be be yarn, patterns, hat samples and lunch will be served for $10.00  Be sure to RSVP for this event so that we know how much food we need to order. 
RSVP to : or call the yarn shop at 612-259-7525. Time:  11:00 to 3:00 p.m.

It appears that knitters have been busy working on hats, as we have close to 200 on hand and quite a few scarves.  There are many variations to the basic Watch Cap pattern.  A hat that I recently received called "Classic World War II Watch Cap" has a beautiful star finish on top of the hat.  If you Google, "Classic World War II Wtach Cap", you will be given a Ravelry site for the pattern....scroll down and choose the direct download...pdf option.  This might be a pattern you'd like to try.

HATS ARE DUE BY MID-DECEMBER. Drop off sites:  Steven B's Yarn Garage on 34th and Chicago,
Linden Hills Yarn Shop at 2720 W. 43rd St. and First Universalist Church at 3400 Dupont Ave. S
Classic World War II Watch Cap

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Upcoming events for 2012


Hats for the Homeless will be launching its 4th year of knitting hats to be distributed to local shelters in the Minneapolis area.  In 2011, we collected over 1200 hats.  Winters are cold in Minnesota, so we prefer washable wool for the extra warmth it provides.  Dark solid colors with no pom-poms on top seem to be the style preferred by our recepients. Patterns will be available.

September Events

September 15th on Saturday, we will be knitting at the Midtown Farmers Market on Lake Street and Hiawatha Ave. from 9:30 to 12:30.  Bring along your needles and yarn for working on a hat.  Also a shopping bag for picking up some fresh locally grown veggies. Bring along a lawn chair.

September 22nd on Saturday we will be knitting at the Fulton Farmers Market on 50th Street and Chowen Avenue So. from 9:30 to 12:30.  Again bring along your knitting supplies for working on a hat.  There is also a vendor selling beautifully hand-spun yarn at this market.

Both markets have great food vendors for a mid morning snack.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Rounding out 2011

We are humbled and honored to report that we have received and distributed 1,200 hats and 200 scarves this winter season thus far. TWELVE HUNDRED! Wow. Knitters, you have outdone yourselves with the amazingly beautiful and warm hats and accessories that you have made with your own two hands for our homeless friends. Each and every one was given to a person in need and each and every person in need was grateful. And we are continually grateful for your efforts, handiwork and kindness.

A complete list of collaborating organizations will be posted soon. For now, we are still weaving in a few loose ends and still collecting and giving hats (Old Man Winter seems to have finally arrived here in the Northland, and it's cold). And...we're still knitting too.

Please continue to send in hats throughout the winter and we will be sure to share them with those in need.

Thank you! May 2012 find you happy and warm.