We have some really amazing knit/crochet/loom knitting designers out there who give away patterns for the use in charity work. Robin Celli is one such designer. Working to keep cancer patients warm. She does her work along with her mini schnauzer Schnapps in Felton, Delaware. Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids are an act of love by Robin Celli and her fine group of knitters and crocheters from all over the world.
Robin Celli, while an incredibly busy woman finds time to design hats, keep up a blog, keep up the Delaware Head Huggers website, a ravelry page, an etsy page, a fabulous Craftsy page, 2 Facebook pages, a twitter account, and indeed a second charity known as Kozy Kovers For Kids! My daughter T.k. Wilson will be writing about Speaking from experience being spokesperson for a charity is difficult enough but running it solo must be very challenging. Robin Celli has been a champion for Head Huggers for many years. Her very first post on her blog in 2011 was all about Delaware Head Huggers. However, while the task may be challenging, knowing that her group has helped cancer patients is extremely satisfying. For who among us hasn't been touched in some way by cancer?
While many of Robin Celli's patterns are free she does have a special collection of hats she has put together to raise money for Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids. You can find this on her Etsy page. Whether you donate to Head Huggers or another charity these patterns would be a great addition to your pattern collection. You may also find may of the patterns here on Ravelry.
As most of us have been touched by the scourge of cancer, therefore we can all see the necessity of chemotherapy caps. However, if you are not aware of the side effects of chemotherapy treatments on the body Healthline produced an excellent article entitled "19 Common Side Effects of Chemotherapy On the Body". This article will explain the vital necessity of hats for chemo patients. This is by no means all the side effects but this will give an idea why the work of Delaware Head Huggers is important to the community. Robin Celli has designed an incredible amount of hats (and other accessories) for men, women, and children. It's just fantastic. It is no small task to design, write, test, and package these patterns for 3 different websites, and for sale.
I just wanted to share a few of the patterns with you. Let's start with a package of patterns for sale. (My personal favorite!) Beanies, Caps & Hats contains 23 knit patterns (twenty-three!) for just $5.00 with all the proceeds going right back to Delaware Head Huggers. These are not just your basic hats. There are hats with various themes, textures, cables, in various yarn weights. Robin Celli puts a lot of work into these hats and has clearly taken into account the needs of chemo patients. Obviously she also loves knitting :)
There are various individual patterns that are free for use found on the "Knitting with Schnapps" blog. I really like Gliding with Hope. Very cool design. The "Flame of Hope" hat touched me as it represented to me the hope that all of us keep in our hearts when someone we love is diagnosed. I just love that symbolism. For an attractive, basic hat that can be used for donation to any number of charities take a look at the Inclusive Hope Hat.
Now T.k. Wilson will fill you in on Kozy Kovers for Kids:
Very few people realize the impact that foster care has on the population of the United States. In 2015-2016, 428,000 Children were in foster care in some capacity.
Kosy Kovers for Kids delivers a handmade hug to the thousands of children in crisis in the general Delaware area, including some areas of Maryland. Why is this so needed? I have heard the stories of children in foster care, some of them suffer things no child should have to go through. But most of all, these children feel abandoned, like nobody anywhere loves them. These blankets offer more than comfort, they also offer the idea that someone, someplace, loves them, to these children who have lost everything, whether through being taken for their own safety or a fire, or another kind of disaster. It is indeed a worthy cause!
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