In yesterday's comments Manise suggested why not have a hat drive on my blog. I was worried about stepping on anyone's toes that's already doing one but she's right. It would mean more hats to those that need them and isn't that the goal, after all. NYC is a big place and there is a great need.
I'll collect hats (mostly adult sizes needed) until mid December and then deliver them to Coalition for the Homeless in the city. I spoke with Juan from the organization's Grand Central Food Program (click on the link and read "Robbie's Story" in the right sidebar). Juan said that they could hand out the knitted goods as they were doing their mobile soup kitchen that has 31 stops throughout Manhatten and the Bronx each night. At first I thought about contacting shelters but these are the folks that really need them. The ones that are out in the cold. So c'mon!
It doesn't have to just be hats either.... I'm sure they'd love mittens, gloves, scarves... whatever you feel like knitting. If you aren't involved with another charity knitting program here's your chance. Or even if you are.... what's one more hat? I'm also going through my sweaters that I've knit that I never wear.
When all is said and done I'll do a drawing for the prizes. For each item you send in, your name goes in the... er... hat. lol. I don't know yet what all the prizes will be. We'll see what kind of response I get, but there'll be yarn and fiber for sure and this one:
Yes. It's the Birch Shawl knit in Kidsilk Haze. So get your needles out and cast on! My email link is up in the left sidebar under the Saving Lucky button. On all the feeds put together I have over 225 subscribers. If just 1/4 of you knit one hat I'll be elated.