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We are still accepting hats.

After a long hiatus, we are back! Please continue to knit and crochet your beautiful care caps and send them to us. The hats were a huge hit last winter thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers.

All styles are sizes are welcome. Please email phillycarecaps@gmail.com for our delivery address. Thanks!


Welcome back, Fall!

I am back and ready for a brand new season of super cute hat-making.

I got a few emails over the last couple of weeks from people interested in donating hats. I feel so grateful to have people interested in this charity, because without your help, my efforts would be lost. So thank you for your eagerness to give a gift to a little person who will treasure it.

Susan B. Anderson (yes, the author of Itty-Bitty Hats, Itty-Bitty Toys, etc.) co-hosted a knit along with me in her Itty-Bitty Knits group on Ravelry in September. Susan was so sweet and excited to find a hat charity – and, the kind members of the group shared her interest. I have already received over a dozen beautifully handmade hats, and I anticipate more.

from ravelry ID: "plynn" in Illinois

from ravelry ID: "amysamin" in Israel

from ravelry ID: "plashus" in North Carolina

from ravelry ID: "smozerose" in Virginia

Aren’t they all just gorgeous? Thank you to all of the people who donated their time and energy to make these hats, and to Susan, who I’ve always been a huge fan of, for giving me the opportunity to spread the love to these children.

I will be sending them all to CHOP this Friday, and I cannot wait to turn them over to the kiddies. I think this winter is going to be special.

Snow Can’t Keep Us Down!

Philadelphia has been hit with one snow storm after another for the past few weeks, which makes for perfect knitting weather! Unfortunately, due to the storms, we’ve been unable to hand-deliver our hats, and our first batch has simmered long enough – they’re ready to be worn! With that said, we’ll be shipping a dozen or so hats directly to our contact at CHOP this weekend!

In other parts of the country where knitters are also submerged beneath layers of frozen snow, care caps are being created in an effort to spread some cheer and positivity to the young ones. Boston designer, Ann Weaver, is one of them. Ann sent us two of her original hats with much love and creativity.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ann in November 2010 at her trunk show at a local yarn store. She was also promoting her new self-published, self-distributed book, Craft Work Knit. Hop on over to Ann’s blog, WeaverKnits, where she shares her life and her knitting.

Also, check out her web site where you’ll find a ton of her fabulous patterns. Thanks, Ann! You’re a gem.

On another note, my friend Soozee wants to make a care cap so that she, too, can be part of something great. However, Soozee is unsure of her ability to knit a hat. If any of you reading this feel like Soozee, please know that we happily accept donations from all levels of crafters! Furthermore, what you may see as a mistake, someone else may see as creative and unusual (in a good way, of course!). Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are undecided – we love to hear from you and cheer you on along the way!

Bull & Bear Wear Donation

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.

The hats are coming in!

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.

Useful Information

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!