Wednesday, September 02, 2009

September Pumpkin Knitting

Hi Knitters,
The Collector is so excited and proud. She finished her first pumpkin hat. She wanted me to share it with all of you. She cast on 56 stitches and used Blue Sky Cotton on a size eight 16-inch circular needle. We followed the simple baby cap pattern in Itty-Bitty Hats combined with the lil' pumpkin hat pattern in the same book. I helped a little bit with the top and the leaf.
She has decided to donate her pumpkin treasure to the September knitting charity on the Itty-Bitty Knits group. I requested the address and am sending it off later this week. This is the description of the charity group:


Avis Goodwin Community Health Centers, a non-profit located in Dover and Rochester, New Hampshire. They currently serve 8,000 individuals in comprehensive health care (prenatal, dental, cancer screenings, etc.), the majority of whom are low income.
A description of the specific project our donations will be going to, from the volunteer manager:
Welcome to the World Program: Each baby born through our agency receives a goody bag to welcome them into the world. The bag usually has at least one handcrafted item in it, such as a quilt/afghan, infant sized sweater, hat, booties and in the colder months, thumbless mittens. We deliver between 350 and 425 babies a year. The new moms are so touched that members of the community have made something special for their child to welcome him/her into the world. Most of the moms are low-income, uninsured and some face really tough times, this being one of the few nice new things their infant gets.

Now, the Collector is working on a hot pink bunny hat she wants to donate to this group as well. Maybe some of you will want to join in, too. Everyone is welcome.
Happy Wednesday, Knitters.
best, susie

19 comments:

Sandee said...

How fantastic. She did a wonderful job. Just curious. Did she use DPNs, Magic Loop, or a short circular needle?

Love that the hat it a hybrid of several patterns. I find that I do that a lot too.

Congratulations to Collector on her first hat!

Sandee said...

Ugh, I just saw where you described what she knit the hat with.... sorry about asking in my last post.

Kate said...

Great knitting by the Collector! And what a generous heart too - a fantastic group to give to.

Kekumukula said...

That is so awesome that your daughter has picked up knitting also. How old is she? 10? What age do you recommend to start learning how to knit? I know I can try finger knitting w/my soon to be five year old. She tells me all the time she wants to learn.

Alison said...

Yay for the Collector! What an awesome accomplishment and a generous heart!

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!! Great job adn then to donate it...

Pam said...

What a fabulous job by the Collector. She is definitely running in the same path her Mom took. Please relay my congratulations to her.

I think I may propose that organization for my knitting store. What a generous heart and what a great organization to give to.

Sarah said...

She did a great job! I took that same pattern a couple of years ago and worked it in an autumn red, to be an apple hat. My daughter still wears it, and it's in the mud room waiting for this fall to arrive! I love your patterns :)

Sarah said...

Oh, and I wanted to tell you that I'm teaching a group of girls at our co-op to knit this fall! Your book taught me how back in 2007, and now I'm passing it on to a group of 6th/7th graders--I thought you'd enjoy knowing that your influence keeps on spreading!

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Aw, this is so great! I'm very impressed. You must be so proud of her.

BeyondStiches said...

Excellent job Collector!!! Keep up the good work! And how sweet of you to donate it to charity.

Rache said...

Dear Collector,

Methinks you may have some of your momma in you.

I LOVE the hat! Beautiful job!

~ Dawn Sparks ~ said...

She and her hat are both adorable!!

Miss Julep said...

Adorable!! She is such a precious child! Thanks for your wonderful blog!

design_mind said...

The Collector has become a wonderful knitter! I'm sure you are very proud of her.

Tif said...

So cute! She did a wonderful job! She is adorable.

Kar said...

What a beautiful job your daughter did with the hat! She has a wonderful teacher. :)

I wanted to thank you for the wonderful free pattern for Ribbit the frog. I just finished the second one and my girls love them. I recently bought your knit chickens pattern and can't wait to make one after I knit each of my girls a sweater. You are so creative! Thanks for all the inspiring things you share. It is very much appreciated!

xxxx
Kar

Cynthia said...

Adorable hat, adorable daughter!
Great job Miss Collector!!

Bonnie said...

Way to go collector!!!

She is a better knitter than I but with four children it's hard to find the time or energy. She is an inspiration though.