When I started this blog, I had a pretty clear idea what I wanted — a resource about wooly things that are needed around Halifax, NS. I thought that the new ideas would pop up as I contact more non-profits and ask what they need each season. Also, I decided not to post things that I personally knit and donate — other than samples — mostly I publish pictures of someone else’s work. And finally, I don’t usually follow knitting patterns but improvise something — from slight modifications to completely new designs.
Now, I am about to break all these rules in this post. Because, look.
and this hat (the pattern is Jacques Cousteau Hat available for free on Ravelry)
I have two more hats in the making and I am using these two books, available from the local library.
So, here is what happened. First, I needed to knit something “mindless”, and I was hoping that “a hat a day” might keep my worries away. Making up a pattern usually takes time and often produces unexpected results — like that skein of yarn that recently became a knitted hula-hoop instead of a cowl and then became a skein of yarn again. So when I saw a book with a cute collection of baby hats, I decided to give it a try. And after I tried, I just wanted to show you how cute those hats turned out — here, I said it. Since none of the non-profits listed on my blog can use hats that fit school-age children, I contacted a few organizations in Spryfield, such as Hand in Hand store and the Single Parent Centre. In September, I will also ask the local schools if they could use hats and mittens for kids.
I still believe in the ‘goodness of fit’ when it comes to charity knitting — the items should meet the needs of their recipient and only then our need of being good citizens and connecting with others. And while my pile of hats is growing, I will try to find the best home for it.