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September 25, 2009

From Susan — 50 Hats

Filed under: Wrapped in Care — lv2knit @ 10:08 am

Yogurtandgranola on Ravelry has offered up this challenge:

“My friend and I are collecting hats for the Simpson Housing Shelter to give as gifts on Christmas Eve. Details below, ALL knitters are welcome and encouraged to participate. Please contact me [Yogurtandgranola ] with questions. Thank you!

The Details:

  1. Knit a hat for a man. Any weight yarn. Any pattern. Knit something that you would feel comfortable giving to a man in your life whom you love (husband/partner, dad, brother, friend, etc.). Complicated or simple, it’s totally up to you.
  2. Mail your hat to: 50 Hats for Christmas First Universalist Church ATTN: Catherine/UU Stitchers 3400 Dupont Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55408 USA

Deadline: Saturday, December 5, 2009

Remember: Minnesota winters are COLD (how could we forget?). Being homeless in this state is a tragic thing (being homeless anywhere is a tragic thing) so having a warm hat to pull over your ears will go a long way towards keeping a person’s spirits up and feet moving in the right direction. To that end, wool yarn is definitely recommended.

The goal is 50 hats for Christmas. Think we can do it?

Thanks, Knitters. I knew you’d agree. 🙂

(And when we surpass 50–since we’re well on our way–we’ll partner with other shelters to share the love. So just keep ‘em coming!)”

Can we help them out?  50 hats in ~two months seems more than doable.  Let’s start knitting!!  Keep it simple and warm! 

If you have a great hat pattern, please share the link.

Thanks, all!

PS: Check out the view from our window this morning:

Fox 003 by you.

Little Foxy here is very interested in the tree full of sparrows!


  1. Great cause to knit for! I was just looking at men’s hat patterns for some holiday knitting – decided to go with the Marsan watchcap for the sons-in-law . . . partly because it’s beautifully simple, and partly because of the great story behind the hat. Ravlink:
    Or, bloglink:

    Guess I’ll add an extra skein of Malabrigo marine to my order!

    Comment by Jani — September 25, 2009 @ 11:06 am

  2. I am jealous that you have a fox in your yard! They are soooo beautiful.

    I already have a hat ready to donate — knitted it last year just because I knew at some point there would be a call for such a thing. Thanks for coming through 🙂 Will try to knock out another hat or two by December. (I love to knit hats.)

    Comment by kmkat — September 25, 2009 @ 11:16 am

  3. what a worthy cause!

    i like this one: ravlink:, because it’s fun to knit, weblink:
    nice and STRETCHY!

    and this one: ravlink:, because it’s so quick, weblink:
    my experience with the turn-a-square is that it comes out a bit big, fyi, and i usually go with smaller needles or a few fewer stitches on the cast-on, depending on the head i intend it to fit.

    both patterns are available in other languages.

    Comment by Elise / knitinsage — September 25, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

  4. Love the picture of the fox. We have 2 has pets a red and a grey fox. Just love looking at pictures of them.

    Comment by Marie — September 25, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

  5. Don’t know what it is with all the foxes this year. They seem to be plentiful in many places. I wrote about just one of my encounters at (Be sure to click on the photo to enlarge.) We’ve since seen the fox coming out of our garden with an ear of corn in it’s mouth!

    Comment by Dianne@sheepdreams — September 25, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

  6. Oh, my! You have a lively neighborhood! First, turkeys . . . and now a fox! Great photo! Foxes are so cool — and so elusive.

    Comment by Kym — September 25, 2009 @ 3:27 pm

  7. We get a fox in our backyard some mornings. I used to worry about My Little Assistant!

    Comment by surly — September 25, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

  8. THANK YOU for sharing this project on your blog!!! It warms my heart so much to know that Knitters are such AWESOME people. I can just hear the needles clicking on all of these warm hats now! Thank you, thank you! 🙂

    Comment by Catherine — September 25, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

  9. What a beautiful creature! And a great hat idea. 🙂 xo!

    Comment by Romi — September 27, 2009 @ 12:05 am

  10. If you knit a hat for this project, feel free to drop it off at Linden Hills Yarn in Minneapolis. We’ll take care of getting it to the Church for you.

    Great fox shot!

    Comment by ChrisRKnits — September 30, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

  11. I guess if I can knit 24 chemo caps in one month, I can sure knit a few more hats for this project. Count me in!
    Love that little fox and I’m glad it posed so nicely for you.

    Comment by RuthieJ — October 2, 2009 @ 8:47 am

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