Stash Busting for Halos of Hope
Last week we were getting ready to meet my parents for Thanksgiving at the beach. I was frantically running around with last-minute packing and realized I didn’t have a project to work on in the car (6 hour drive!). I had just finished a baby blanket and had two bib patterns in testing. My only other WIPs were Christmas gifts for the boys-not something I could work on in front of them. I did a quick glance at my yarn stash and made a Thanksgiving promise-I’m going to bust this stash and make some hats for Halos of Hope.
My yarn stash is stored in paper boxes (you know the ones, I think 10 reams of 500 sheets of paper per case). I won’t tell you how many boxes I have, but it’s a lot. I have one box full of just Bernat CottonTots 100% cotton yarn. I love this yarn. It’s so soft, perfect for chemo hats. So, in that frantic last-minute packing, I decided I will crochet all of the CottonTots into hats for Halos of Hope-Stash Bust 2013 (although I have a head start as I started on our trip). I weighed the yarn when we returned home and it’s over 6 pounds! While sorting through the box, I found some hearts already made. I’ll be using them on some of the hats. I’m excited about this challenge and plan to post updates at least once a month. Please check back on my progress and if you like, join in! Check this list for pre-approved yarns perfect for chemo hats and this Guidelines and Helpful Hints in making hats for those experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy or radiation.
Halos of Hope is a fantastic not-for-profit organization that distributes handcrafted hats to chemotherapy patients. They work directly with chemo centers across the country . Pam, a survivor, started the organization in 2006. I’ve not yet had the pleasure of meeting her or the other volunteers in person, but hope to in the near future. For now, I will continue to make hats and send them to Illinois. Read some to their Stories of Hope .
Do you have some yarn in your stash that’s not on their soft enough for chemo hat list? Try this stash buster pattern Made with Love, Heart Baby Blanket.