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A Call To Arms to Warm Some Heads

by erin on October 7, 2015

I have the coolest challenge for you knitters and crocheters in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Carrboro, Apex, and wherever else you all hail from.  Everybody likes working with yarn, yes?  Anybody feel like throwing the gauntlet down to knit/crochet up some hats for a very good cause?


A friend of Mary’s, Dr. Jeff Berndt, is on his way to Nepal to provide dental care for the people there–for the fourth time!  He goes as a part of an organization called Global Dental Relief Project, and I think that is extremely nice of him, to put it mildly.

You know what it’s like in Nepal?  I can’t give you an “accu-weather” forecast, but I can bet you that it is very cold there.  You know who likes knitted and crocheted things?  PEOPLE WHO ARE COLD, FOLKS.   COLD PEOPLE.


But Erin, I hear you say, we don’t have time to be knitting sweaters and socks and gloves and mittens for the fine people of Nepal.  You’ll be saying that even louder when I tell you that Dr. Berndt is heading to Nepal NEXT MONTH.  BUUUUUUUUUUT, I bet you fine folks out there can dash off a hat.  Just one.  Maybe a few of you might go rogue and knit or crochet a couple of them.  What could we do with one month to just bang out hats?  Drop it off to Mary at Yarns Etc by the 13th of November (the good Doctor is picking them up on the 14th).  No idea what kind of hat to make?  How about this one, or this one, or this, or this?  Ravelry is full of free hat patterns, and I’m pretty sure we can find something in our stash to work it up in. Also, we are aiming for young adult styles/sizes, which can be a pretty wide range of fun to knit and crochet up.


I’ve seen us all pull together in the past, several times, for a good cause.  Wouldn’t it also be great to say that your hand knits are so well known, there are people in Nepal wearing them.  Wouldn’t that turn a head or two?  Ba dum dum.



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