Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Heads Up

I have another hat drive to tell you about. It's in progress at The Scottish Lamb. Jean is collecting hats for the homeless of New York City. Details are here. Be sure to contact her if you have a hat to donate and she'll send you the mailing address.

Jean and I connected through our blogs when I first began mine and we've been friends ever since. A scheduled meeting in person fell through this summer, but one day when she moves back to Texas we will get together. I'm looking forward to that! Through the years, I've been on the receiving end of her generous spirit and I'm thrilled to be able to support her in this worthy effort.

I have two hats to donate.

Seaman's Cap and Turn a Square

Seaman's Cap

Free Pattern
Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool
Color: Nature's Brown
Needles: US 6 & 7 - 16" circulars and US 7 dpns

This is a great basic hat. It is knit in the round and features a wide ribbed brim with a turning row of knit stitches to insure a neat fold. The pattern is written in three sizes. I made the medium size and it fits John well. The small would be better for me.

Turn a Square


Free Pattern

Yarn: Cascade 220 in Charcoal Grey and Mountain Colors (unmarked)
Needles: US 6 & 7, 16" circulars and US 7 dpns

Another great hat. Raglan decreases transform circular stripes into interesting squares. A self-striping yarn is recommended for the contrasting color, but I used what I had on hand: an unmarked variegated wool from Mountain Colors that I bought as a mill end. This pattern is written in one size, which is a good fit for an adult man. I'd have to go down a needle size or reduce the number of stitches if I made one for me.

18 comments:

  1. I love your title for todays post.
    How nice to knit and donate to a worthy cause. I'll have to check out your link. I signed up to donate over at Irish Eyes.
    Thank you for the great information.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  2. LOVE THE HATS AND YOUR BIG HEART. BLESS YOU.

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  3. What are you doing up so early!
    Now with all that time you save driving back and forth to Needville you can knit more hats! I like the look of PP# 7!

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  4. I like both of these hats!

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  5. The turn a square pattern is fun. I love the way the stripes match-up.

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  6. terrific hats and love the RV !

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  7. I just contacted Jean for her mailing address. Thanks for the "Heads Up" about this project.

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  8. Great hats! My office has an annual hat/glove/mitten/scarf drive for a local homeless shelter through the end of the year and I'm planning on making at least a couple of hats for it, and maybe some mittens. That seaman's cap looks warm!

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  9. your hats are so sweet - the turn a square is lovely with those colors. I'll bet that they are truly loved by the recipients.
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your whole family.

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  10. I love both of your hats. I wish I were a faster knitter, but I'm going to try and get at least a couple or three knit up for one of the charitable causes. I'll bookmark this one; thanks!

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  11. They are both great hats. I love the turn a square one in particular. You have a generous heart and thankfully fast hands to keep up with it. Enjoy you weekend.

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  12. You are so good...and so are your hats! :o) Thank you for the tip about another great donation possibility! Hope you & yours had a lovely Thanksgiving! ((HUGS))

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  13. Thank you for sharing with us another opportunity to share our talents and the love we put into our projects with others. I am very grateful. Have a great weekend!

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  14. Love to see knitting given as charity... things made out of love given to others - nothing better!!!

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  15. What perfect patterns for charity items. The hats are attractive and functional, and the pattern looks like it knits up quickly.

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  16. both are very nice - I especially like the turn a square one. Decreases look great!

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  17. GREAT hats! I have the fisherman hat on the needles now and turn a square is one I will do as well. Yours are great!

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~Tracy