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Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

More hats for Operation Orphan...



We are going through an intense heat wave here in the UK. Comparisons are being made to the heat wave of 1976. That one was totally wasted on me as I was busy taking exams that year. So this year has been a bit of a shock. It hasn't rained for goodness knows how many weeks and temperatures have been above 30C every day for at least 2 weeks, with more of the same forecast. So what do I do but knit a woolly hat 😎.

I have knitted many of these in the past. It is very simple. I found the pattern on the Loving Hands website. I don't know whether or not it is still there, but it is called Ellie's Easiest Ever Hat and certainly lives up to its name. It is knit in the round with Aran wool. You simply change the needle size to make it fit a child, teenager, woman or man. I definitely recommend this as a quick, easy pattern.

I have added the hat to others and made a small parcel for Operation Orphan.


I try to send my favourite charities at least one parcel per year. This is a much smaller parcel than I would usually send. But I have been ridiculously busy this year with lots of visits from distant relatives, sorting sheds, trying to keep the garden alive, going to the gym etc etc.



16 comments:

Joanne Noragon said...

And you still make hats! Well done.

busybusybeejay said...

Last winter I knitted 18 hats for a local charity which supports the homeless in Chester and North Wales and also refugees abroad.The charity was thrilled to get them and I used up a lot of my stash.

Julie said...

Great hat pattern, people will be nice and cosy in the colder months wearing these.

Retired Knitter said...

I had to smile at your last comment about being very busy this year. It is amazing how all the little tasks of living chip away at the time you want to devote to hobbies. We all have only 24 hours in a day. It is precious time that you can never get back! I understand your dilemma. :-)

Becki said...

The hats are all so beautiful. I'm partial to blue. :) I've been reading about your heat wave in the UK. We're experience scorching days here, too, but I realize this isn't as normal for you. So thankful for air conditioning. The few times I've had to go outside today my eyeglasses steamed up. lol

Joanne Penny said...

Hello Una. I have just found your blog through Marianna lazy daisy blog. I too have begun to knit for loving hands. I am looking through your archives at your patterns for new ideas.

Una said...

Houses here don't have air conditioning. We can usually manage by opening windows on occasional hot days. This long, hot spell is a bit too much.

Una said...

Great. A lot of my patterns came from Loving Hands and Ravelry. I always use free patterns.

Una said...

18 was a good number. Well done.

Una said...

I try to enjoy even boring household tasks. They feel less like time-wasters that way.

Una said...

Thank you.

Una said...

Of course! This was something quick and easy to hold.

M.K. said...

We've had a horribly hot June too. I do wonder if anywhere on the planet was cool in June this year??? We were in the upper 90's F, with heat indexes around 105 :( Very awfully hot and humid.
I love those easy toboggan hats! Those look great.

Una said...

I haven't heard them called toboggan hats. Good name for them. They pull on easily and stay on. The ribbing means they fit any head shape.

Matilda said...

My friend went to Rumania to help distribute shoeboxes with an excellent charity called Teams4U. she said beanie hats (plus toiletries and underwear) were the most prized items when children opened their boxes. So it was back to the drawing board for me, having always made stocking stitch hats. I now do fisherman's rib and make them as long as possible. Winters are harsh in Rumania, so a nice long cuff turned up makes for extra warmth - and I do the same when making men's ahts for the homeless.

Una said...

It's so encouraging to hear this. I'm going to knit some more soon.