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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