Last year I was asked if I could provide some knitted baby hats to one of the county hospitals in our area. I gladly said yes and dug through my stash to find baby hat acceptable remnant yarn and got to work with the goal of 5 hats a month. Well, I didn't hold up to that goal when push came to shove over holiday knitting time. Sorry, family and friends won out. But this month I decided to readdress my missing charity knitting time and pumped these ones out for the month of January.
I'm really quite happy with them. The yarn is left over from a knit picks kit that I purchased. It was for the tiddlywinks jacket and sweater. I really liked the jacket but could care less about the sweater so I used my remaining yarn for the hats. The jacket is for a soon to arrive nephew of my partners. The yarn is the same companies Comfy Fingering which is a 75% Pima Cotton and 25% Acrylic blend which is very nice once knit up. It makes a wonderfully soft product for baby skin.
As per my usual, the hats follow no particular design or pattern other than that which I can dream up as I knit. I just have a "grapefruit" sized head in mind as I find gauge, cast on, and go from there. Some are more successful than others, but each is unique. And I never fail to find a new way to do something. I just discovered with this batch a new way to do my decreases that I like the look of better.
So, with the new year, I'm going to once again strive to get a little more knitting done for others. Well, I regularly knit for others, but I'm going to focus on little ones that require a little extra warmth. And maybe, just maybe, some new parents may appreciate the work that went into a hat for their little ones baby memories.
How about you guys? Do you do any charity knitting and if so, please share.