Thursday, December 31, 2009

Back to Hats-Another U.S. Beauty

When this envelope arrived from G-knits, I was with my twins. I didn't even get to touch it at first because the second they saw the colors they grabbed it and began to fight over it:) As if.......
Don't worry G-knits, I retrieved it safely and let them continue the fight without the hat in their grubby hands.
It is a ribbed pattern and will fit various head sizes. The recipient will wear it for years to come since it won't be outgrown. Just beautiful! Thank you!
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Sunday, December 27, 2009


Today is a good day to take some time out, perhaps meditate or pray for peace over your knitting. I want to say so much and yet have not been able to put my thoughts together. Its not that I can't put into words what I am feeling, its just that words are cheap in light of the one year anniversary of Operation Cast Lead. Your thoughts?
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Twitter for Gaza

Only 2 days to go before our attempt at trending #GAZA on twitter to raise global awareness on commemorating one year since the massive Israeli assault and siege....Link

This is something we can all do tomorrow, please check the link and learn how we can help trend Gaza. Thank you Shunra for the heads up.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tracking the Hats

So my mother emailed me the news this morning!

The Viva Palestina convoy has successfully made it to Amman, Jordan. Very good to hear.

Soon, very soon, our beloved hat distributor (and all 100+ hats!) will be in Gaza, and the hats will be on the heads of cold, needy children and teens.
Amazingly, according to that report, there are 400 people from as far away as Malaysia and Italy accompanying the convoy. Wow!

I am eagerly awaiting the news that the convoy made it into Gaza. My thoughts and prayers are with them!
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

100 Hats and counting!

I just wanted to give the nearly final tally for the hats! 100 plus two packages on their way which I think will make it 113 when all is said and done, two pairs of mittens and one cute kitty comfort toy!
I will resume posting images of hats soon.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

"Sisterhood of the Traveling Hats" --Guest Post from the Hat distributor!

This post is a very special, heartwarming message from the woman who is the key to it all, our wonderful friend who has the lucky job of distributing the hats to the children in Gaza.

"Sisterhood of the Travelling Hats"

Hello everyone, I want to report that two packages arrived from our European hat makers, AND just this morning the big box arrived from the USA!!!! All the hats are SO beautiful, very well made and unique, I am both amazed and overwhelmed at the quality of the hats people made for this project. You guys are nothing short of being quite simply amazing! All the tiny baby hats, the medium sized kids hats, and a big thanks to those who made some larger sizes for teenagers, who tend to be forgotten because people tend to think of the small children and babies. So thank you to everyone for stepping up, making the hats donating the yarn, mailing your hats to Linda and a HUGE thanks to Safiyah for the blog and Linda who paid $48.00 to send the hats to me.

Now that the official “thank you” is done, I have asked Linda and Safiyah to indulge me and allow me to make this post today, addressed to all of you who participated. This is going to be difficult to write as I am filled with emotion at the moment. Here goes.

11 months, 2 weeks and 4 days ago, the date was December 27th 2008. I remember it so very well, it was the first day of the Israeli air strikes on Gaza. It was a cold dark dreary day where I live, and the day was made more dark, dreary and hopeless as the videos began rolling into the news sources. Like many of us, I expected the air strikes to end quickly, 1-2 days. Yet they continued, day and night for 22 days, unrelenting. As I watched in horror as white phosphorous sprayed down from the skies, surgically delivered by un-manned drones, I felt numb, helpless, hopeless and most of all alone.

That feeling did not go away, as there was more to witness as the bodies of children began to be pulled from the rubble of their homes, schools and mosques. I thought of my own children, and quietly thanked God that they were safe, all the while feeling guilty that they were safe, warm and with a solid roof over their heads as they slept.

I went online in a selfish effort to find others experiencing the alone-ness that I was feeling and was amazed to find millions of others just like me. I was no longer alone and isolated.

Some months later I was lucky enough to find the Knitters group supporting peace in Palestine. As the next winter approached in Gaza I thought about the millions of children that were homeless, living in tents or the rubble of their former homes. Knowing the winters in Palestine can be wet and cold, I wondered what little people like us could do to help them keep warm and to let them know that people cared. And a few weeks later the Hats for Gaza project began, again, thank you to Linda and the others who created the group. Safiyah created a great blog, and soon our little crew expanded and we began making hats to help keep the kids warm this winter.

As I sorted through all the hats today, grouping them into sizes, marvelling at the amount of work that went into creating each little hat, I began to cry. Yup I admit it, I’m pathetic. But I did so because I realised that I belonged to a new sisterhood of people who cared and wanted to do something good. So, the moral of this story is that sometimes in life, good can come from bad. We have met, made friends, worked together and we are no longer alone. Today we are a group, and today or hats have travelled from all parts of the world, to come together and be delivered to the children of Gaza. Today we have become the “Sisterhood of the Travelling Hats.”
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Monday, December 7, 2009

More U.S Hats

Even more gorgeous hats, this time by our friend TikkunKnitter who is on ravelry as well. There are several wonderful patterns used in this batch so if you are on ravelry go check out TikkunKnitters project page for more information.
One I have to highlight for everybody, the green one peeking out in the background:

This is from a chart TikkunKnitter created herself called Kafiyeh Dialog 1. The chart can also be found on ravelry. I think this one is my favorite of all, though "Aviatrix" is so cute as well!
Edited to add- Check out TikkunKnitters blog about the Tikkun Tree Project. Beeba and I actually met there in the comments section. Who would of thought it would come to this!
Big double thanks to Tikkun Knitter!
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

U.S. Hats

I'll tell you, these hats were absolutely adorable! They are from Shunra who is on ravelry. I didn't take a photo myself so this one is used by permission. They have flowers! Cute flowers on crocheted hats! Love the color choices as well. Shunra, your work is much appreciated. I loved holding them when I got them, very soft and lofty. The children who receive them will be delighted (and warm!). Thanks so much!
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Canadian Hats

These four hats came from Patricia in Canada. They were all so soft, made of merino wool I think (correct me I'm wrong Patricia). The little red hat on the right was my favorite because I have a thing about tiny baby hats, but they are all so beautiful and perfectly done. So thankful for your work Patricia!
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Two More From Judy

Yesterday I showed two of Judy's wonderful hats. Above are two more that were uploaded by her. Again, I have to say, very lovely, nice color choices and adore the patterns. Judy has inspired me to crochet more actually. I can finish more hats that way.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Crocheted from Europe

These two lovelies are from Judy who told me she was still trying to get in more crocheting before the European deadline. I love both of these and actually want to make the blue and white one myself. The gray is also really cute, nice color there, looks as soft as the teddy bear. Judy's entire body of work is gorgeous. See more of it on her blog here. Also, look for a post on her blog that has links to baby hats. Lots of them!
Thanks Judy. You helped to make my day!
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

3 More

I am horribly behind on posting updates of the hats we have received so far. I am trying to post in order of completion whenever possible so bare with me.
These cute hats are from Maria here in the states who found out about us on ravelry. Her cameras batteries died so I promised to photograph them for her and then my camera batteries died! The colors in the photo don't do the work justice, they are actually softer in tone. Sorry Maria:)
Great work yet again! We certainly have talented fiber artists at work here. Stay tuned for more!
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Blog Featured on Desert Peace

I was searching online for comparable groups that work for Palestinian children and needless to say came up empty handed. However..........I did find that Desert Peace did a feature post about Hats Off To Gaza! Very exciting news! Read it here!
If you followed the link from there to here then welcome friends. We are indeed working on hats for Gazas many needy children. Our first campaign is proving to be a success thanks to the hard work of our volunteers. Many have vowed to continue knitting for this cause and we are now working out the details for our next campaign so please keep checking in.
Feel free to contact us here with questions anytime as well. Most of all, help spread the word. As I said, there are no other groups out there serving Palestinian children, not that I have uncovered as of yet. I don't begrudge that other shattered regions do have groups working for the victims but the fact remains that Gaza's children need us more than ever.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

And even more!

These beautiful hats are all made by Sipusa in Norway. Check out her blog where you can see more of her amazing work. Sipusa also made a cute little toy which is a great idea. Comfort toys may be in the works for future campaigns. Thanks you Sipusa!
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More hats

I'm falling behind on posting the hats we are receiving! Here are two wonderful images of hats knit by Tracy in Qatar who will be sending to our European collection point. Our overseas participants have it made since they have a longer period of time to knit more hats. I love the colors you used Tracy. These hats really do look warm as well.
Thanks again!
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

On Recruiting Others

I had several teenagers over yesterday, 4 girls and one boy, visiting my children. I showed them the hats that I had received so far and as they oohed and aahed away, it dawned on me that so few young ones have learned the crafts of knitting and crocheting and further, their own parents don't have the skills so don't make hats for them.
When I showed them the bigger hats, they couldn't help themselves, they got twinkles in their eyes hoping it was for them. I then explained to them that the hats were intended for Gazan children. Some of you may think that teenagers are removed from political realities but this is not so. This group actually held the hats to their chests as I spoke and one said, "Oh, I want to knit hats for little Palestinian children!" The others agreed.
I then offered to teach them to crochet in exchange for each one making one hat for the cause. They all jumped at the chance, even the boy.
While I can knit and crochet, I find it hard to teach knitting so crochet it will be. I also promised to teach them how to make something for themselves, their choice.
They then began a discussion about their schools crochet club. They decided to join next week as well. And they volunteered to spread the word.
If you find people interested but don't know how to knit or crochet, why not offer to teach them? Childrens hats can be easy projects. Each hat counts. Give it a try!
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

More Hats! Yes!

Ravelry member kirbanita sent these five beautiful hats this week. This photo is used with her permission. Thanks so much kirbanita! I know these will keep children warm and the colors will bring some brightness to a bleak winter.
I have been contacted by several more members who are sending to our European collection point as well. We are nearing the deadline for this campaign in the U.S. now but are going to be regrouping afterwards to plan our next one. Our members have come up with several great ideas on possiblities for ensured delivery which sound very promising. Feel free to give us your ideas.
The level of participation has made me see that the world does indeed care about the innocent victims of conflicts and wars. My pessimism melts with every hat we recieve. Thank you all.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ravelry group is up to 35 members! And more news

I am so happy to report that the Ravelry group has 35 members.

It seems the word is finally getting out, and people are joining! Just today a friend I didn't think was interested in this project whatsoever surprised me by accepting my invitation. That was my first bit of good news. The second was the enthusiasm of another lady in my circle, she is all for this and has begun work on her first hat today.

Another good piece of news we received in the last couple days is that we have another person who may be able to deliver our hand made items for future campaigns! If this person comes through, it will be a huge relief, as this is a major obstacle in sending anything at all to Gaza. (Don't need to elaborate here! Anyone who follows the news will see what I mean).

I love it when people come together for a good cause. And what better cause than the betterment of childrens lives?
This really gives me the reassurance that our project is a noble one, and begins to fulfill the hope that we will have many more "campaigns" in the future.

A very good week for Hats Off to Gaza!
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Monday, November 9, 2009

More on the way!

In the last two days I have heard from several participants who are ready to mail their hats. This is just so exciting! Thanks to all who have taken an interest. Remember that in the U.S. our deadline is approaching. November 26.
As soon as I get some more hats, I'll share with photos.
Take care all.
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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Our First Hat Has Arrived!

This lovely hat was knit by Diana in Korea. Thanks so much Diana, for the hat and for giving us permission to use your photograph on this blog.
We now have over 30 people on ravelry participating and several members who are actively recruiting other fiber artists who are not ravelry members. The compassion for Gazas children shown by so many has been heartwarming.
If you are visiting for the first time, this blog is under construction so if you would like more information, feel free to use the comments button or to email us. Eventually we will have all the information here on the blog.
Thanks for your patience, encouragment and participation. Now go knit or crochet!
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009


For those who are visiting this blog for the first time and would like to send knit or crocheted hats to Gazan children, here are the deadline guidelines depending on where you are located:

Who to send the hat to?
If you are in the US, the best date to have your hats sent off is November 26.
In the U.S, the address will be sent to you when you email us. When you are ready, please us and we will send you the address privately. We trust that nobody will pass my private information on to others for any reason other than sending me hats.
For Overseas hats: If you are in Europe or the Middle East it may make more sense to send them to a location in the area. Please email us and we will hook you up with the person who is responsible there.  Alternatively you can also send them to the US address, if for some reason this will be easier but be aware of the U.S. deadline.
Southern Hemisphere and Asia, please let us know which would be easier and cheaper to send to, U.S. or Europe and we will make arrangements.
Deadline if sending directly to Europe is mid December. You ladies have it made! Mid December the latest!

Check back in for more information. Questions and ideas are always welcome.
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

About Us

We are a group of caring, concerned knitter and crocheters all over the globe who wanted to fill a need. Our goals are purely humanitarian, non-political.

This is something people have done and continue to do all over the world, and for various reasons. We merely want to warm the heads of underprivileged, deserving, children of Gaza.

The reasons we chose to do this are somewhere along the lines of these quotes:

"There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is not duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace." -Kofi Annan

"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men." - Herman Melville
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