Up to the Challenge

Gerri Hat pattern designed by Marly Bird

Gerri Hat pattern designed by Marly Bird

Now that the holidays are over (hope yours were wonderful!) and I finished all of my gift knitting, I’m kicking it into high gear knitting hats for Halos of Hope.  Halos is a nonprofit that collects and distributes hand knitted and crocheted hats to cancer patients.

A few months ago, the KnottyGirls KnitCast decided to challenge other podcasters to see who could get their listeners to donate the most hats to Halos of Hope before Stitches West 2014.  Stitches events (there are several held around the country) are like conventions for knitters and crocheters.  I’ve never been to one, but some day… oh, yes, some day.

I listen to the Yarn Thing, Fiber Hooligan, and Knitmore Girls podcasts, all of whom are promoting the Podcaster Throwdown.  But Jasmine and Gigi, the Knitmore Girls, are the only ones of the three who are in the contest.  So, they’ll get my hats.

Marly Bird, of the Yarn Thing podcast, gave her listeners 2 free hat patterns on the condition that they would use them for Halos.  The Gerri is the one I’ve been knitting first.  So far, I have 8 completed and 1 almost off the needles.  Caron Simply Soft was on sale at Michaels, so I scored!  I bought more than I thought I could reasonably finish, but being one to jump in whole hog (oops!  let my GA roots come through there!), I told myself that it is possible.  I had the Gerri hat pattern memorized by the time the second hat flew off the needles, and I’ve been knitting every moment I can.  Each skein of Simply Soft gives me 2 Gerri hats with yarn left over.  I’m going to combine the left overs to create Marly’s Sous Chef hat.  It’s crocheted and I’m hoping it will go pretty fast.  Thanks Marly for the fantastic patterns!

9th hat almost finished!

9th hat almost finished!

I’m usually not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but this year I made a few.  My first New Year’s Resolution is happening!  I WILL have these hats shipped off before February 20th!

If you knit or crochet, please consider knitting soft, comfy hats for Halos of Hope.  Here are their guidelines.  It’s a great cause and you don’t have to make the February deadline.  They accept hats all year round.

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