Getting Back to Charity Work

I haven’t done charity knitting in quite a while, and it’s time to get back to knitting my chemotherapy hats for the patients at my local cancer center.  I have lovely soft yarn that would make great hats, and I need to get going on that.

Chemo patients need hats even in the summer when nights get a little cool.  Sometimes I switch over to cotton hats, too, for them.  Cotton is soft and washes well, but isn’t quite a stretchy as other fibers.

Interested in knitting chemo caps yourself?  Here are some tips:

  • Soft acrylics and cotton yarn or blends are best.  Avoid wool due to allergies and scratchiness.
  • Knitting hats in the round are great for bedtime wear because they do not have a seam in the back.
  • Make hats in a variety of colors.  Men need them, too!
  • Contact your local chemotherapy centers to see if they have any specific needs from patients.

Do you have any other charity knitting ideas that you would like to share here?

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Hat Overload

I am sick of knitting hats.
It seems like everything I knit for my upcoming show is a hat.  That needs to stop.
So, I’m focusing on other types of projects, such as notebook covers and coffee cup sleeves, stuff like that.  Oh, and trinket bags.  Just not hats.
I’ll probably knit a chunky scarf or two in the interim, as well.  I have a pretty lace knit one in Berocco Chunky, (lace again!) and have yarn for a ruffly type scarf, too, in a nice acrylic, mohair, and wool blend.  I think its Katia yarn.  Park Avenue, or something like that.
If I don’t sell all those hats, I do have a good use for them.  I’ll take them to the local cancer center and donate them for cancer patients to use as chemo caps.  I’ve done that before, and they were well received. 
In the meantime, though, no more hats.  At least not for a while.