Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Calling All Knitters: Create for Good

Despite all the life chaos, I am still knitting. I am almost finished with my niece's Coraline. I just need to make the button loops. Will hopefully get those done tonight or tomorrow night so I can post some pictures.

I was about to cast on for Tang, a lovely turtleneck sweater for me, in the lovely yarn my mom bought me for Christmas, when I got a post from my friend Natalie about Caps for Good.

Caps for Good is a program that saves the lives of newborn babies in the developing world by giving them knitted or crocheted hats. Or as it says on their website:

"The Caps for Good grassroots initiative will be running from September 2010 through February, 2011 encouraging citizens of all ages to participate by making a cap and advocating and fundraising to provide newborn care in developing countries.

At the end of the program, caps will be distributed to pregnant women and new moms and their babies in Save the Children's programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America."

Anyway, I decided to knit up this quick little hat to send in.

The website is great. It has an action kit complete with two really simple patterns (one knit, one crochet), a tag to attach to your hat and a letter to President Obama about the program that you are asked to send in with your hat.

If you want to participate, go to their website and check it out. It's really simple. I followed the suggested pattern (except I knit it in the round instead of flat) and it was SO quick to knit. Size 10 needles, worsted weight yarn from my stash, and a gauge of 4 st to an inch make very quick knitting.

To help this cause, I am asking that all my knitting/crocheting friends take a night or two and make one or two or three of these little hats to pass on to a baby in need.

What a fun and simple way to Create for good!

1 comment:

Jessica Colburn said...

What a great cause!

Both my twins were in the NICU for a few weeks after they were born, and they were given knitted/crocheted hats and blankets to wear that had been donated by a local group. It was so nice to have something more personal and colorful than a hospital hat and blanket, and we got to keep them as keepsakes.

So I have a special place in my heart for handknitted and handcrocheted baby hats. :)

I don't knit or crochet (although your handmade dolls are inspiring!)but my Mom does and I'll pass along this great cause to her.