Thank you, knitters, for joining hands with me to welcome a recent refugee with a handmade hat. I was thrilled today to collect from the post office three large bundles of beautifully handmade wool hats. January's hat total is now 26!
I'll be sending them to the Albany field office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, which is a large and well-regarded organization that helps refugee families who have endured extraordinary hardship begin a new life in America. Thank you so much to knitters Barbara O., Jennifer B., Jamie H., and Amy B. for the beautiful hats (several of which are pictured above).
If you would, also, like to extend a hand of friendship and a gracious welcome to refugees and immigrants to the U.S. and Europe, please join my Warm Welcome Project.
The project is simple: You knit a hat; we send it to a reliable organization that gets your hat in the hands (or, more specifically on the head) of a refugee who needs it.
Little Skein will be a permanent collection point. Once a month in the fall, winter and early spring months of the year, we will send hats to one of two organizations. In the summer months, we'll hold onto the hats and send them in our first donation box of the fall.U.S. Committee for Refugees
Here are our knitting guidelines (we are using Knit Aid's guidelines, so please be sure your hat meets these criteria):
Dark colors only (here's why)
Use good quality yarn; wool preferred. We are going for maximum warmth.
All ages and sizes needed.
Please ensure all ends have been weaved in before sending.
If you would like to write a message with your donation, Knit Aid offers beautiful cards you can print at home. Please attach your note to each knitted donation with some yarn or a safety pin.
Crocheted hats are OK, too.
Hats only, please. It streamlines the donation process for me to negotiate a donation of a single item type.
Mail your hat(s) to:
Little Skein in the Big Wool
Warm Welcome project
P.O. Box 12305
San Francisco, CA 94112
It feels right and important to dedicate some of Little Skein's time and resources to be a voice for the values I hold dear: a gracious welcome, an open hand and open heart, and the deep and abiding belief that differences in religion, skin color, background and perspectives make us stronger and better.