Little, part 2

Little did I know when I wrote the last post “Little” that I would enter a phase of making little hats for charity!  I have spent most of the weekend cranking out one after another. They are perfect, small projects for this late-summer heat wave spell. And I’m finding out they are just like potato chips … you can’t eat (crochet or knit) just one!

In the past I have made many little hats and caps for various charitable causes, beginning with Care Wear Volunteers way back when and continuing even now. Care Wear’s mission is for volunteers to create items for preemies, newborns and other patients, and to donate them to hospitals in one’s own community. Their hospital list is quite extensive and has helped me determine various needs that are out there. Hats, blankets, slippers, and other useful items have gone out the door to facilities across the country, thanks to the resources compiled by Care Wear’s founder, Bonnie Hagerman.

A few weeks ago, I came across another group whose focus is making Christmas hats for preemies in their local hospital NICU. I volunteered to send a few hats to KnitsforPreemies on Ravelry, and accidentally along the way ended up creating a new hat design!  Here it is:

Gift Hat for Little Ones

Make them in seasonal colors for babies arriving at holiday times throughout the year.

As I said, I couldn’t stop with just one, so have been creating hat after hat as time allows (including car travel to and from a weekend ballgame.)  Soon there will be a small package of little Christmas hats (including 2-scallop versions of DBKN’s Lacy Baby Hat) going out to KnitsforPreemies, compliments of Designs by KN:

Making “little stuff” is instant gratification. Enjoy a little bit of it yourself!

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  1. Bailey said,

    August 23, 2011 @ 1:08 am

    What a great summer project.

  2. Hanna said,

    August 23, 2011 @ 1:33 am

    I make lil hats for NICU in the hospital I work in…I have made some with little tiny flowers on the side…I would love to share the pictures with you!

  3. Designs by KN said,

    August 23, 2011 @ 2:24 am

    Yes, would love to see them!

  4. Designs by KN said,

    August 23, 2011 @ 2:25 am

    Just the right size — small, portable, and easy to make if one can find a cool place to sit and stitch!

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