Monday, October 1, 2007

Helping The Ships Project

Some of you may know that I knit hats for our troops overseas through a group called The Ships Project. When I started knitting for them, I had no idea how many devoted and talented knitters were busy knitting hats, slippers, scarves, gaiters, etc. for these young men and women. The mods shell out hundreds of dollars a month in postage to send everything. I've been donating monthly, then it occurred to me that knitter want to make hats for this and other charity- or non- projects. I started designing simple hats that knit up quickly in worsted/Aran weight yarn to raise funds for The Ships Project. I'll try to put a new hat or other item a month up on the nav bar at left. Patterns are $3.25, payable using Paypal. Right now you e-mail me and I invoice you, then send you the pdf file. Help is always an e-mail away. I'm trying to chart and write text for patterns, and any corrections from knitting readers will be welcome.
First up is the Anchors Aweigh hat. I have the Trees hat pattern done, and the Sand Rib Mystery hat nearly done (it's still a mystery to me how I'll tackle the dec rows). I have at least 4 more patterns floating around in my head.


Mary Beth Doyle-Sanchez said...

I've heard the troops stationed overseas really want some cool-ties. In essence, you dip them in water and freeze them. When they're good and frozen, you drape them around your neck to cool off. I'm afraid I don't know how to make them, or more importantly, what the ingredient is that freezes inside the fabric.


BB said...

Hi Mary,they want cool ties in summetime; warm hats from September on. For info on cool-ties, go to the Ships Project home page; patterns are there.
The stuff you put inside is similar to the gel used to keep plants and flowers moist, I've heard. A gel that you soak, I guess.