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
January 13, 2017
This week our project inspiration is two hats by Okanagan Knit Co. who are three knit-loving girls in the Okanagan valley of BC who strive to produce knits inspired by the beautiful scenery that surrounds them.
The Ponderosa Hat is their newest design. Knit out of DK weight, the pinecone stitch pattern on this slouchy hat is fun to work and easy to memorize. As an added bonus, it looks great inside out as well! It is best worked in a solid or tonal color. Our sample is knit out of Cascade 220 Superwash.
Gellatly Hat is a slouchy style hat has a modern tree motif surrounding the body. The trees are formed by working a pattern of knits and purls. This hat also looks best in a solid or tonal yarn. Our sample is knit out of Malabrigo Rios in Frank Ochre.
January 12, 2017