Charity Hat-Along with Robyn Devine & Heather Walpole

Do you get inspired by people you read about? I do and I did in the case of Robyn Devine. A couple of years ago I read about her and her life goal to make 10,000 hats. Ten thousand of anything is a lot. Can you imagine knitting that many things let alone having them be all hats?! Nope!

But either way, I was inspired by her hats and her growing community of hat knitters. Robyn has built charities around hat donations for people in need. That's pretty rad. So not only is Robyn knitting tons of hats herself, she has enlisted an army of knitters to make even more hats. They donate hundreds of hats each year and I think it's pretty amazing!

Robyn has just written a book about her adventures as a hat knitter. She Makes Hats walks Robyn's journey as a hat knitter and weaves from one incredible story to the next. Her hats have touched so many lives that my inspiration grew with each chapter.

After reading her blog, shemakeshats.com for some time, I eventually met Robyn through social media and we hit it off. She likes Ewe Ewe and I told her how impressed I am by her lifelong charitable goal. We got to chatting and we decided to make a new charitable hat goal together! I am so excited to announce our first Hat-Along!

Let's make some hats! Lots and lots of hats. For the Charity Hat-Along with Robyn Devine & Heather Walpole we will be knitting, collecting and donating hats to the Nebraska Hats for Hope Initiative. Our goal is to collect 2000 hats! Can we do it? I hope you'll help!

There's more details on our press release, too. Take a look.

Robyn and I designed two new hat patterns just for the Charity Hat-Along. If you want to crochet then we have the Shanti Hat and if you're a knitter then try the Cottage Cap!

Shanti Hat free crochet pattern by Robyn Devine

Shanti Hat free crochet pattern by Robyn Devine

Cottage Cap free knitting pattern by Heather Walpole

Cottage Cap free knitting pattern by Heather Walpole

Cute! I like them both so much. The crochet Shanti Hat works up quickly and from the top down. The Cottage Cap on the other hand features a mistake rib which is easy for beginning knitters to master. Both hats feature Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn because it's the ultimate easy-care yarn. Wooly Worsted is soft, washable and comes in tons of bright colors so there's something for everyone. And, to support our Charity Hat-Along NobleKnits.com is offering 25% off Wooly Worsted yarn! Use code: CharityHAL at checkout.

I hope you'll join Robyn and me in making masses of hats for charity. Our Hat-Along starts today, May 1 and runs through the end of June. Now, hop on over to shemakeshats.com and check out Robyn's new book

5 Things Friday

Looking for knitting ideas? Aren't we always?? Here are 5 free cowl knitting patterns that could you can knit with Wooly Worsted yarn. Just pick a color and get knitting!

1. I love the angled edge on the Bandana Cowl from the Purl Soho blog, the Purl Bee. Use 2 skeins of Wooly Worsted.

2. How fun are the eyelets in the La-La-Love-You Cowl! It will knit up with 3 skeins of Wooly Worsted.

3. The Twisted Garden Cowl has cool cables and big yarn buttons. Try using 2 strands for the cowl, you'll need about 4 skeins of Wooly Worsted.

4. I love the stitch pattern on the Honey Cowl by Madelinetosh. Work this up with 3 skeins of Wooly Worsted in Pistachio.

5. The Tuesday Night Cowl is a total yum! Try this with 4 skeins of Wooly Worsted in Vanilla.

Click here to see a list of stores where you can find Wooly Worsted. I hope this gets your creativity flowing for the weekend... See you Monday! 

A perfect {to-knit kit} giveaway!

How exciting! What's better than getting a little something fun for free? For the first ever Ewe Ewe Yarns giveaway we are happy to have the Café Latte Cowl all wrapped up in a pretty little to-knit kit! The kit, our favorite one skein knitting project the Café Latte Cowl, includes:
• one ball of Wooly Worsted yarn in color Vanilla
• one yard of beautiful silk ribbon in coordinating soft cream tones
• one Ewe Ewe knitting pattern for the Café Latte Cowl! 

To enter, simply leave a comment below stating your favorite coffee drink for a crisp autumn day. Entries must be posted by this Sunday, November 6th at 9pm PST*, and one winner will be chosen at random.

Congratulations to #24 Helena! She said, "my favourite coffee drink is...coffee." Perfect! Happy knitting.

Surpise Giveaway! If you post about our giveaway on your blog and leave a comment below with a link to the post then you will be put in the running for a special drawing! Wow!

Congratulations to #36 Loni! She posted about our giveaway on her blog and wins a kit, too!

{*Sorry, limited to US residents only. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close and announced on the bottom of this post soon after. Good luck!}