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Monday, June 28, 2010

Hats for Hunger


Kool-aid dyed hat
Originally uploaded by ham_and_eggs
So the good folks at Red Heart Yarns turned me on to this organization, Hats for Hunger. Started by a 9-year-old boy named Andrew Castle, Hats for Hunger sells handmade hats and donates the proceeds to Heifer International, another great organization. You should read about them- they do really amazing work that has a real, immediate impact on families across the globe, helping to fight poverty and starvation by providing livestock to families for food and income.

Anyway, as part of my do-goodery, I made a hat, which I'm donating and sending to Hats for Hunger. I made it with the kool-aid dyed yarn I made the other day (and blogged about here). I followed the pattern for an adult hat but since the yarn is sport weight (at best), it's probably going to fit a tweener better, which is fine, because I think this hat would look adorable on a girl (or boy; I don't judge...). It's lightweight and kind of stretchy, so its perfect for spring and summer. and for me, the flower detail really finishes the look.

If you're a crocheter, I would strongly urge you to make a hat and send it off to this kid. Consider it your good deed of the week. Mine only took a few hours and a few dollars (1/2 skein of yarn and the cost to mail it, primarily), but it's going to help feed a hungry family. Since I've been unemployed, I have a much keener awareness of how lucky we are to have all that we have- a roof over our heads, food in the fridge, heat in the winter and ac in the summer, great friends, family and neighbors. If I can spend a few hours to try and give some of that to a family in need, it's totally worth my time.

If you're not a crocheter but would like to commission a hat made by me to send to Hats for Hunger, just let me know! Or, I bet you could just donate directly to them or to Heifer International. :)

7 comments:

eddunsmore
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eddunsmore

Please let me know where I can get involved in this project. I have a ton of Red Heart yarn to use. Cathy

groanygirl

Cathy-
it's really easy- here's the website for Hats for Hunger:
http://www.hatsforhunger.com/Site/Welcome.html

and here's the mailing address:
645 Towne Hill Rd, Montpelier, VT 05602

They take hat and yarn donations.

Rachel

Thanks so much groanygirl! We're looking forward to seeing your hat!!
Rachel (Andrew's mom)

Rachel

The hat arrived today and it is BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you so much!
Rachel
Andrew's mom

groanygirl

I just checked out the site and I saw that this hat is already sold! I'm so excited! I'm sending another hat today.

Rachel

Your hat sold within the first hour at the Farmer's Market!

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