Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Answering The Call

Well, I've finally got a new purse project. I'm making a hat for a homeless man in the city as part of a contribution my knitting group is making to President Obamas call to service. Knitters are known for their big hearts and frankly, never has this country needed its big-hearted people more than NOW. It doesn't take much. Just one hat from one person will, collectively, become a heap of hats for lots of people. It's like the slow drip, drip of water dropping from a tap. Before long you have a whole cup and then a whole sink full!

My first hat turned out a bit small. I'm knitting with Red Heart which is 100% acrylic. It's not a wonderful yarn, but it washes well which is what they need at the homeless shelter. I was hoping it would give a little but the combination of yarn and a smaller needle led to gauge issues. My son is thrilled though. Now he gets the hat he's been asking me for since Christmas!

So now I'm casting on more stitches on a larger needle and making another. (The pattern is the Marsan Watchcap by Staceyjoy Elkin.) This one will definitely reach the person its meant for. As it's my new purse project, I'll be working on it wherever I am, serving our community one hat at a time.


Kimmie said...

Is it a homeless man in our city? Just wondering how local the call is - cuz that would be pretty awesome -

Rudee said...

That's a great hat pattern-I've had it bookmarked for awhile. It's good of you to knit for people in need. It seems simple, but it will mean a lot for the recipient.

Kathy said...

Just a suggestion-Plymouth Encore is a wonderful 75% acrylic 25% wool yarn to knit with for an acrylic and it is very machine washable and dryable. We make a lot of hats for orphanages overseas with it.
Love the hat.

Jane said...

Thanks for the tip Kathy. Didn't have any Encore in my stash this time, but maybe next.

Kimmie - it's the BIG city!

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