Sunday, October 17, 2010

Project #13: Minnesota, Hats for the Homeless

From 10/15 to 11/15:

This month, we are helping First Universalist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota to have enough hats to share with the homeless there.

Information can be found at Hats for the Homeless.blogspot and on Ravelry in the Hats for the Homeless group thread.

The Hats for the Homeless group was created about the time that Sharing Our Gifts began, and they are growing strong a year later.

They serve the homeless in the Minneapolis area, and they distribute the items between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

WOOL is strongly preferred.
They request wool because it breathes, wicks moisture, and will keep people warmer than will synthetic fibers. If, however, you are unable to use wool due to allergy or other personal reasons, they will accept wool blends or other warm fibers.

They request that the hats be big enough to pull down over the ears, as the winters there get soooooo cold.

Pattern Suggestions:
“We welcome your creativity with an open heart! However, after talking with many of the recipients from last year’s project, we learned a few things:

1. Dark, solid colors were preferred over lights, brights or stripes.
2. The simpler the pattern, the better.
3. Hats with embellishments like pompoms were not snatched up as enthusiastically.”

Here are a few of the (free) patterns that our knitters enjoyed working last year and would recommend again:

Knitted Minnesota Winter Hat
Very Warm Hat
Marsan Watchcap
Countrywool Rolled Brim Hat
A Very Plain Hat

Where do we send our items?
Hats for the Homeless
First Universalist Church
ATTN: Catherine/UU Stitchers
3400 Dupont Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408 USA

As on some prior projects, we are sending directly instead of through a group volunteer, so PLEASE PLEASE remember to post in our thread or leave a comment here on the blog when you send, and list what you are sending and how many. Also, please tag your items “from Sharing Our Gifts” so the recipients will know from whence the items originated for their own tally purposes.


Thank you again for your participation!

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