It was back in September last year when I read a post on Sally's Crafty Northerner blog about some charity knitting she was doing. She wrote in her blog post When To Admit Defeat? about some yarn she'd bought for the charity project she was undertaking but she just couldn't work with it because of the way the colours were falling. I commented on her post that I actually quite liked the yarn and Sally offered to send me the second, unused ball she'd bought.
The yarn is Wondersoft, Stylecraft's baby yarn, so I thought I may use it to make something for a baby. Afterall, it's lovely and soft.
Sally had intended the yarn to be used for charity knitting so I decided that I'd knit something for a baby charity. I had a look around the internet to see what I could find and I came upon a plea from Norfolk and Norwich Hospital: NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). They're in desperate need of blankets and hats for the babies in their care. To give you some sort of idea, they need 900/1000 hats in the coming year. I thought this was a good charity to knit for.
I started with a pattern I'd found on Ravelry for a Basic Baby Hat by Heather Tucker.
I then remembered the Easy Bright Stripes Newborn Baby Hat by Marianna Mel which Alison from Life At Sylvan House wrote about on her My Gift For A New Baby Boy post, and knit one of those too.
I used a range of sizes, afterall, babies come in all different sizes.
I managed to get six hats out of the one ball. It's interesting how the patterns from the variegated yarn form. A different hat results in a different pattern.
If you fancy doing some knitting for charity I found the UK Hand Knitting Association website very helpful. If you look under the Directories tab at Knitting for Charity, there's lots of current projects which need your help.