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Click For Babies

July 17, 2017

Every year knitters and crocheters pick up their hooks, needles and yarn to make purple baby hats to help raise awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome.  The campaign starts in early summer and the little baby hats are then picked up the end of September to be sorted and handed out to new parents in November and December.  Summer is the perfect time to knit baby hats!!  They are small, quick projects that travel well!  Visit the Click for Babies website for finished size specifications.

This year I tried a couple new patterns to keep things interesting.  
Tensfield     
Tensfield by Martina Behm is a fun and interesting pattern.  It has a very clever construction that is simple yet unique.  This one is knit out of Cascade 220 Aran Splatter


Berry Baby Hat
And the ever popular Berry Baby Hat by Michele Sabatier is one of the most adorable hats for babies!!  If you've been wanting to try some colorwork, this is a great introduction to get your toes wet, and you will have a great hat at the end!  

Ewe So Sporty has a purple and blue that make a really nice "boyish" purple hat.  I used colors Indigo and Sky Blue in the pattern Basic Baby Hat.

We have scheduled a community knitting time on Wednesdays from 3-5:30 where you can join other knitters who are knitting to donate.  It's a fun way to spend the afternoon and get to know some fellow knitters.

We've stocked up on purple yarn in many different shades, and when you're finished knitting, simply drop the hats off at Nitro Knitters and we will make sure they get into the right hands!  
Have a good summer and happy knitting :)

Hats for Veterans

January 14, 2017

 

 

Last week a customer brought to our attention a program that her nephew is doing for Veterans.  I can't put it in better words than she did!

"Troy, a medic with the military serving in Washington DC volunteers his time to veterans in Washington DC.  Because of his medical experience, he makes it possible for veterans with medical issues to have the opportunity to visit the museums and monuments that honor them and mean so much to them, by accompanying them on these adventures.  He also spends time with veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

"The age of the veterans he volunteers with are young men and women in their 20s through our remaining WW2 veterans.

"A close neighbor and friend of Troy's suggested this project, wanting to surprise him with hats to give to these veterans.  These hats will be going to Walter Reed Hospital patients.

"Thank you to everyone who takes the time and energy to knit a hat.  You are helping a special person in his efforts to improve someone's day."

We are encouraging people to knit hats of any color, size, style - women's or men's.  Washable, easy care yarn is best.  We have yarn and pattern suggestions if needed.  This is an ongoing effort to help support our veterans.

***UPDATE:  Troy was so touched by all of the hats donated that it brought a huge smile to both his face and his wife's!  They couldn't wait to give them to the veterans to bring a smile to their faces too.

 Hat pictured is Classic World War II Watch Cap knit out of Malabrigo Rios Quequay