Sunday, September 10, 2017

Events and Updates

Knitters arrived on Labor Day with yarn and needles in hand to work on hats and scarves to be handed out this’s not that far away.  Knitters have been dropping off donations all summer so we are off to a good start. Eleven years ago when this project started, our mission was to knit dark colored watch caps for men, but as the project evolved and more and more hats were being knit, our mission has expanded to include hats for women and school age children. Remember kids heads are larger than you think...use a pattern for an adult size head. We do not need hats for infants or newborns; other knitters in our community knit for this cause.
Boxes of hand knit hats come in from all over the country!

 I would like to introduce you to some of the knitters in Minneapolis:
Georgia is working on her 68th hat for this year.
Joan and Dyan are teaching teens to knit when they are not busy knitting hats.
Mary loves knitting hats for kids, but is taking a break from hats and working on cowls for teens.
Gail likes adding a bit of pizazz to her hats.
Barb is always on the lookout for new patterns and manages the blog when she is not knitting a hat
Kathy likes knitting big hats and then felting them.
Karen likes the waffle hat pattern.
Michele has an eye for color and is always combining scraps of yarn and coming up with colorful creations.
Jeni knits warm and wooly hats by combining mohair and worsted weight yarn.
Ingrid puts her Scandinavian knitting skills to work on her favorite hat pattern..the Grand Marais Hat.
Raquel is knitting her first hat.
Yvonne is our fastest knitter and designer of the Minnesota Hat. Everything she knits is donated to a good cause.
Barb organizes the events, knits hats and delivers them to the schools and shelters.

Our next big all day knitting event is 
Friday, November 10th
at Steven Be’s
3448 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
This is also a drop off site for finished items.

Knitters also get together at Butter Bakery over on 37th and Nicollet, the 3rd Saturday of every month  from 11:00 to 1:00.

We like to start delivering hats in November and continue through the winter as hats/scarves continue to arrive.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Charity Knitting

Join kindred spirits for a day of charity knitting at StevenBe's over on 35th and Chicago on Wednesday, July 12th. Doors open at 10:00 am and we will be gathering throughout the day until closing time at 6:00 pm. Charity knitters knit items to be given away and our focus is knitting hats...and scarves...actually I like to tell people "Give the Gift of Warmth". We are getting more requests from schools to knit hats for kids. So colorful hats...and remember that kids heads are the same size as an adult head. We will have patterns and bins of yarn available at give away prices.

Last year this generous community of knitters knit over 2200 items that we distributed to shelters, schools and hospitals. The Head Start program, not far from the shop, has already contacted us asking for hats and diapers. It would be great if you would consider donating a package of diapers...size 3 and 4.

One more thing...bring along a snack to share. We will provide beverages throughout the day.

Packs your needles and yarn and invite a friend.  See you July 12th.

Barbara Melom

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Knitters Cap Another Great Year

I look forward to every winter when my front porch turns into a distribution depot for hundreds of Hats for the Homeless, and it gives me joy to bring them to shelters, hospitals, schools, community agencies and other sites where people struggling to deal with Minnesota’s winter get assistance, encouragement and proof that there are people all over the country who are willing to reach out.  I make a point of telling staff at these sites that the caps they are receiving for distribution come from all over the country, often with notes of compassion and encouragement.

So I offer you greetings and thanks from folks all over Minneapolis who know the value of community and compassion.