If you visited a Knit World store last year, you may have seen growing piles of kids beanies, donated during their promotion for the KidsCan StandTall Charitable Trust. Well, that campaign is long over and over 15,000 hats were donated (only the two to the right were mine), but with the upcoming Big Night In telethon on TV3 for the charity, I thought I'd contact KidsCan to see if they are still accepting beanies - I figured it would be something to do while watching the event on TV!* I emailed one of their execs, and she replied:
Thanks for your email - we would LOVE some more beanies thank you! We have just had a request come through for some smaller ones for the younger kids and we had run out, so the more the merrier absolutely.
I know there are lots of other charity knitting things going on right now, but if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to help keep school-aged NZ kids warm as they trundle off to learn, how about using up some of your stash too? :-)
The original pattern provided by Knit World & Shepherd is linked on Ravelry - Beanies for Kidscan Charity - but any kids hat pattern is fine. If you're not on Ravelry (you really should join), you can download the PDF directly from the Shepherd Yarns website here (that's a direct link, you'll need Acrobat Reader). For a .doc download for the pattern, see the Knit World Knitters Weekend website. That pattern is knit flat and seamed, but can be easily adapted to be knit in the round if you prefer - or just use whatever pattern and yarn you have handy.
The postal address for KidsCan, and other contact details can be found on their site. Anyone I see in real life, if you want to join in, I'm happy to take care of getting any beanies to KidsCan if you want to pass them to me. If knitting is not your thing, there are plenty of ways you can give to KidsCan and help out NZ kids.
*I've since realised that the telethon coincides with my birthday, so I hope I won't be at home watching TV all night. My aim is to knit as many beanies as I can before the end of that weekend.
I've almost finished the first one I started last night in some Patons Merino Totem DK, with a simple slip stitch pattern, and will try to update here with my progress. Let me know if you're joining in!
UPDATE: Beanie #1 is done, and I've cast on for number two!
For the knitters - the finished hat ways 54 grams, so just over 1 ball of the Patons Merino Totem DK, around 95 metres.
I cast on 100 stitches, knit in the round, and then otherwise followed the instructions from the original pattern for length and shaping for the smallest size (adding in the slip -stitch colourwork). I think it could stand to be a little smaller, so I've cast on 94 stitches for the second beanie. :-)