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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Coming KAL: Hats for Migrants

     I'm in the Atlanta airport finishing a hat, a prototype for a hat pattern for a KAL I'm planning for September into October.  Unfortunately, I checked my bag with the double pointed needles.  So I'll have to wait till I get to my daughter's house in Upstate New York to finish.  

     My KAL's goal is to produce as many hats as possible for Asylum Seekers in Asylum cities in the Northeast.  From Maine, throughout New England we have Asylum cities filled with migrants who will be greatly surprised by our cold weather.  I run a group on Ravelry called "Resistance Knitters" (come join us).  And we have with us the founder and head of Suenos Sin Fronteras, a organization that offers help to Asylum seekers from practical needs to medical at the border and in Asylum cities.  You can go to Suenos Sin Fronteras and make a donation through their site by buying needed supplies through Amazon.  And\or you can create something special for them.  We have a ship to address for all hand made items, so if you join our KAL to make hats then you can PM a person in our group for this address.  It's wonderful to have direct access to someone who will hand deliver your creation made with love.  I'm creating a basic pattern that can be used, but any hat design will do.  You can also crochet.  As long as the end result is a hat to keep someone warm and to say you care.

More details on my Hats for Migrants KAL in next week's Wednesday blog.

Hints for my hat you'll need a skein of yarn, 120 - 140 yds. And size 6 & 7 circular needles (16 in.) or double pointed needles and #7 double pointed needles to finish.  A good source that I find reasonable, yet good quality is KnitPicks for yarn and needles.  

     We at Resistance Knitters are committed to peaceful protest through creative endeavors.  Come by and join us (the join button is at top of the group page).  Introduce yourself and share any causes and crafts you might support.  Take a look at the other threads we have.  I still need to create the thread for the upcoming KAL (hopefully I'll have that up by next week) but we have a wide range of different projects for various causes.  I hope to collect more craftivist projects in the future to make this group a good resource to find protest projects or just humanitarian ones. Enjoy!  As we create we help and make change within and without.  Internally we bring more peace to ourselves as we work with our hands to enact change.

     Currently I'm reading the fourth book in the Anna Pigeon Mysteries series called "Firestorm".  I just started.  The opening pages describe it as her best book so far and I've loved each one so I'm sure I won't be disappointed.  Set each one in a different National park, Nevada Barr who formally was a ranger herself has a sure skill for describing the natural beauty of each, then creating an exciting mystery to be unraveled by our heroine Ranger Anna Pigeon.  Great summer reading.  

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  1. I love your Hat KAL idea and look forward to more details next week! (And, this mystery series sounds so interesting - I am in the waning hours of War and Peace and I am eager to jump into something new!)

  2. This is such a wonderful idea!

  3. Sounds like a great cause! I'll look forward to more details about your KAL. :-) I read the first couple of Anna Pigeon mysteries looooong ago (when they first came out) -- and didn't realize there were so many! I do remember them being great summer reads. Maybe it's time to check the series out again.