This hat was so easy to make! It's a great starter project if you've never crocheted before. All you need to know how to do is chain crochet and double crochet, which you can teach yourself from YouTube videos. I made up this pattern, but it's a fairly standard concept... you just widen it to a width that will fit your head, then focus on the length. I made this whole hat in about one hour. You can find free patterns on Ravelry, a great website for knitting and crocheting projects.
Projects like these are great to make, knowing it's going to a greater cause. Have you ever done a handmade project you donated? Or have you ever received a handmade gift from someone? Doesn't it make a difference knowing someone spent the time to make it for you?
Here are a few links to organizations that are doing really cool work to help others:
- Pierce's Project-- Pierce is a micropreemie who was born weighing just 1 pound and 8 ounces. I would encourage you to read the blog his mom writes. His life is nothing short of a miracle. To help others in similar situations, their family started Pierce's Project and accepts hats and blankets, and all those sorts of things, for other families. Here their the blog: http://littlebabypierce.blogspot.com/2011/04/welcome-baby-pierce.html
- Binky Patrol-- This website collects handmade blankets and sends them to children in need, such as kids who are born "HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic and terminal illnesses." These blankets look really easy to make!
- Girls Love Mail-- This group delivers handwritten letters to newly-diagnosed cancer patients. Even if you're not "crafty,"if you're reading this blog, you're probably a writer, so this is a charity for you! In fact, it could even be great for a whole critique group to take on.
- Mother Bear Project-- I LOVE this one! This group makes toy bears for underprivileged children affected by HIV/AIDS. You have to check out this organization's website... their photos are precious.
- Give2TheTroops-- The husband of one of my best friends (who's also a close friend himself) is currently serving in Afghanistan, and my appreciation for those in the military has since skyrocketed. I am so thankful for those who are willing to protect the freedom and hope of America and am also thankful for the sacrifices their families make. Think about where you were one year ago. That's the amount of time some service members go without seeing their spouses and children. This organization helps service men and women by sending packages and letters to let them know our appreciation for their sacrifices.