FO: Tweed Hat for Knit Aid

This past spring I really enjoyed getting into charity knitting.



Pattern: Improvised. My project page is here.
Size: Adult, approximately 22″ diameter
Yarn: Regia 6-f├Ądig Tweed (discontinued) DK weight, 70% wool / 25% nylon-polyamide / 5% rayon-viscose, in colorway 70; I used about 1 skein, approximately 50 grams, 136 yards/ 124.4 meters
Needles: Size 7 (4.50mm) circular and DPNs
Modifications: n/a

Started: April 24, 2017
Finished: May 10, 2017

I started this hat right after finishing the neckwarmer I made last April, and I worked on it at the first Knit Collective meeting.



I finished it while overlooking the Statue of Liberty, which felt somehow fitting and symbolic for a gesture of solidarity and love for refugees.



I kept within Knit Aid‘s requirements of dark, gender-neutral colors, but I thought it would be nice to use a soft, luxurious-feeling washable tweed. I had originally bought this yarn with the intent to make either slippers or gloves as a gift, so I knew it was squishy and nice against the skin.



The pattern was improvised after working out the gauge and trying it on a few times to figure out where to start the decreases. I worked the crown in quadrants, which gave it a neat, tidy fit.



I recently saw Ai Weiwei’s incredibly moving documentary Human Flow at a screening in Manhattan (trailer below). It was such a heartbreaking, profoundly emotional film that showed the refugee camps and the spirit of the people living in them at the scope and scale of crisis it truly is.



I already felt strongly that I wanted to do something to help, but after seeing the stories and experiences shared in the film, I am more committed than ever to bringing some warmth and love to people’s lives. I donated this hat in May, and I hope that it has found an owner who it is warming and protecting by now, or that it will soon. And I especially hope that whoever owns this hat will feel the love and concern that went into every stitch.

Crafts for Service Members and Veterans

As my family and friends are still reeling from this week’s election, I’ve noticed fewer Veterans Day posts than ever before. I don’t want our vets and service members to think we’ve forgotten them in these uncertain and upsetting times, so I have been researching ways to help veterans. While on that search, I came across Operation Gratitude, which seems like a great organization that, among other things, sends care packages to those currently serving and sends letters of gratitude and support to veterans, service members, and first responders.



In addition to the stack of letters I plan to write this weekend, I also learned they request knit or crocheted scarves and hats and hand-made paracord bracelets for care packages. What better way to channel my concern and love for this country and its beautiful people than by making something special for a service member?

I know this notion is not at all new for most knitters, as the wonderful charity knitting groups on Ravelry are packed with similar projects. But now I think I need to quit thinking it would be a nice thing to do someday and get to it. I will be channeling love and peace and hope into each stitch, which I sincerely hope will be well-received.

And if you are a veteran or a current service member reading this, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!!