So far January has been very good for Cuddles!! The New Year brought not only the launch our our Web site, but also our first volunteer to make hats. I would like to give a warm welcome to my cousin Cathy, who will be sending hats from Minnesota. Cathy started making hats for her sister-in-law who was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Welcome Cathy!
It has continued to be a very busy time for us. Charity and I have finished our granny squares for the Memory Blanket(s) for CT and will be sending them off this week. It is such a humbling experience to be involved in this project. While making these squares, my thoughts continually turned to those so tragically lost on that December day. I hope that these blankets will bring comfort to the family members. We made 27 squares each, one for each victim of the shooting. I'm also working on a special project for a close family member. (Shh, don't tell her, it's a surprise!)
And of course there are the hats. Our goal is to have 100 hats donated by the end of the month. Not to bad for a two (now three) woman hat factory in just 6 months!! It amazes me that in July of last year I had never tried to make a hat, as I thought they would be much too difficult. Boy, was I wrong! I've been crocheting since I was a teenager but was always intimidated by making hats. Well, not now! After three or four hats, you really get the basic idea down pat and start winging it. You start working on a pattern and are thinking of ways to do it differently. I find myself saying "Why bother with a pattern? Let's see what I can create!" I'm currently trying to incorporate an awareness ribbon stitched right into the hat. My inspiration for this came from a puff stitch heart on a granny square.
Sometimes the hat flies off your hook and others times you have to rip that sucker out several times. Charity thinks I'm crazy because I'll say the yarn doesn't want to be made into that hat when it becomes persnickety and impossible to work with. So I tear it out (or if I was to use the correct crochet term, "frog it") and try something else. Once in a while, it takes two or three frogs, but it is always worth the effort when you end up with this beautiful hat (that the yarn likes!)
Oh and why do they call it frogging? Because as you are pulling out the stitches the yarn says...rip it, rip it, rip it...