It was 45 degrees when I woke up today. My son said he wore his wool hat while walking the dog. It's time to break out the hats here in Northern NY. On a serious note, we have to consider that those in the path of Hurricane Matthew especially babies will need hats to keep warm. This is why I chose hats for today's theme.
I learned a long time ago that a handmade hat, pair of mittens, scarf, or blanket can make a world of difference to someone who is in need or is alone with no one to care for them. I also learned that my skills (and in the beginning they were pretty pathetic) were necessary. I'd never really felt necessary before. That's why I started following Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative and why 5 of us got together to start a spin off group as many of you already know. With the cool weather now bearing down and Hurricane Matthew causing havoc, I thought it was time to really focus on hats. Did you know wearing a hat is actually healthy? Yep wearing a hat when it's cold out is actually healthy for you according to a Harvard Health Letter posted here. Of course preventing hypothermia is important... Hypothermia (your body losing heat faster than it can create heat) can happen in many different environments, it needn't be snowing! According to the Mayo Clinic hats are one way to prevent hypothermia. A couple years ago a professor kind of de-bunked that whole idea that adults lose 50% of their body heat through their heads. However children are a different matter according to this article in kindercare.com.
Now that we have the facts, let's consider patterns. Yes, there are probably a million :) but I found some links to hat patterns that are free and for every skill level. Now, I'm a simple person. I think taking a great basic hat and kicking it up a notch by using my own embellishment is a lot of fun. However, in these collections you will no doubt find something for everyone!
Let's start with Knitters. Here are some great collections of knitting patterns that are perfect for charitable giving.
Thank you for taking the time to read the Charity Idea OUTpost today and KEEP ON serving the community! There are song lyrics that read "What the world needs now is love, sweet love. That's the only thing that there's just too little of". While I'm usually not that kind of sentimental on this blog, I will say that right now, those lyrics are true! :)
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