Last weekend, I received a huge donation of beautiful, handmade hats from my friend, Suzie Morris of Bull and Bear Wear. Suzie is a local costume designer who created these fun, super-soft care caps from recycled sweaters, scarves, skirts, and many other recycled treasures. I love Suzie’s work – she makes something as dreadful to a child as wearing a hat both exciting and fun.
The hats each have very warm, cozy fleece inside because, according to Suzie, “warm heads make happy thoughts.”
Aiden’s favorite, of course, is the tiger.
These hats are going to be a tremendous hit! Suzie’s hats along with our other donated hats are now going to be offered to any child at CHOP, not just those in the cancer center. Thanks to Suzie for pointing out that all kids in the hospital could use a fun cap handmade with lots of love.
I’m excited to say that we are getting more and more interested people contacting us about donating their handmade care caps. I will be hand delivering our first batch of hats to CHOP between January 19th and the 21st, but if your care cap is not ready by then, we will have plenty more donation dates in the near future.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia cares for more children with cancer than any other pediatric hospital in the country. This is why they’re always in need of soft, comfortable chemo caps for patients in the hospital and in the clinic. Patients range from newborn to mid-twenties, however, hats for toddlers and teenagers are in highest demand at the moment.
Please consider the following when creating your care cap:
- Use a soft material that feels good on sensitive skin (use your judgment here – acrylic doesn’t feel as nice as merino, alpaca, cotton, or silk/cashmere blends). Silk or cashmere blended with wool is good, but 100% wool is not usually very comfortable for patients. Great examples are Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend and Rowan Cashsoft DK.
- Simple beanie patterns can be found on Ravelry for free. If you decide to go with a rolled brim hat, try substituting a 2×2 rib for elasticity.
A very special thanks to designer and knitting extraordinaire, Jen Carpenter, for helping brainstorm ideas and donating several skeins of Madelinetosh’s Tosh DK, Ella Rae’s Bamboo Silk, and Karabella Yarns’ Zodiac. You’re the best!