My good friend Dawn recently decided to assist a local cancer center, Mission Hope, in collecting hats for chemo patients. She successfully rounded up women from our base who love to knit and crochet, and between two events, and what these lovely ladies have made in their spare time, she has collected 58 hats! I was very blessed to be able to be involved in this as well as I made a few hats for her collection.
This particular cap I used making Dawn’s pattern. I really like this pattern, works up fast, and super easy to read.
If you crochet or knit, you know how easy and fast it is to collect a random stash of yarn. There are so many things you can do with this yarn to make gifts for friends, family, or things that you want for yourself, but at some point, you feel like you just can’t give your cousin one more hat, or you honestly don’t need anymore scarves for yourself. This is where crocheting and knitting for charity really come in hand.
Last year our base housing office collected scarves that we made for Operation Gratitude and shipped them off for us! From their website “Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers.” As military families, this was a great charity for us to be involved with, and many of the same women that are making the caps were the ones who made the scarves last year!
It is so nice to be able to give back when we can, and as crafters we can do that a lot more often than we realize.