A BIT ABOUT ROBYN
My name is Robyn. I make hats and give them away.
I give hats to folks here in Omaha via the VA Homeless Outreach Center, local hospital NICUs and maternity wards, neighborhood associations for families and school kids in need, and a variety of other places.
I give hats to folks in Maine, in Chicago, in Philadelphia and to active-duty Naval sailors on ships in various oceans.
I give hats to friends and family, clogging up their winter wardrobes with just one more hat all season long.
The only person I don’t give hats to is my son Owen, who refuses to wear hand knits. I’m hoping it’s just a phase.
I learned to knit when I was 20, thanks to a co-worker. I’ve never looked back, although my love for hats didn’t come about until 2009 when I challenged myself to knit 100 of them in a year.
I remember thinking it was extremely difficult to knit 100 hats in one year – now I make over 300 in a year.
Generally speaking, I’ve got yarn and knitting needles on me at all times … and darning needles and scissors. Perfect for finishing up a hat while driving to dinner, or for scratching that spot on your back you can’t ever reach. And if you ask, I’ll most likely give you the hat off my head. It’s how I roll.
WHY HATS?Hats are simple -- they take just one skein of yarn, can be carried with you wherever you go, and don't need any special measurements.
Most people's heads fall under one of three or four sizes (baby, child, smaller adult, larger adult) so you can be fairly certain the hat you've made will fit one of these four sizes of person depending on the number of stitches on your needle.
Hats can do quite a bit to keep a person warm. Little babies have a hard time regulating their temperature, so a hat can mean the difference between health and sickness. For folks living on the street, a hat can help stave off sickness in the coldest of temperatures. Naval ships run cold (something to do with all the metal ...) so a hat can help keep soldiers warm while on and off duty.
WHY BLOG?I started this space simply to keep track of the hats I was knitting and giving away. I didn't think about people following along, I just wanted an easy way to keep my notes on the hats I was making so that when I knit from a pattern again, I would remember if I wanted it longer or if I cast on a different number of stitches.
Over the years this space has grown and expanded quite a bit. No matter how it changes though, I know I will always be sharing the hats I am making and the places I am sending them.
I have committed to sharing here three times a week, with few exceptions.
Mondays and Wednesdays are for updates on the shop, knit-alongs, tips and tricks posts, and a few other things. I also share the latest hat patterns I've been working with. Sometimes these are hats I'm sending to charity, sometimes they're hats I've made for friends and family, and sometimes they're hats that are part of the Hats On People project.
Fridays are for sharing charities. There are so many great smaller and local charities that collect hats for people in need, and I want to be sure I can share as many of them as possible. You can see them go live each Friday morning, and find the full list of the charities I've shared here.
GET INVOLVEDLove the idea of making hats and giving them away? Get involved in a few different ways:
** Every Friday I share a charity that accepts donations of handmade hats. Why not send a hat to one of those charities?! All the charities I've profiled are listed in my ever-growing Charity List, or you can wait for next Friday's installment.
** Every few months I start a new knit-along (KAL), focusing on a specific place or group of people, and using one of my hat patterns. Sometimes these KALs are a month long and are meant to alleviate a pressing need, and sometimes they are longer as the need is greater and more long-term. You can find a link to the current KAL in the sidebar.
** I'm always collecting hats for folks in the Omaha area (as well as for folks all over the world!) through the Nebraska Hats For Hope Initiative! You can send me hats of all sizes through this group and I will be sure they get to folks who need them!
WRITTEN ELSEWHEREBreaking The Sentimental Attachment To Books - article on Becoming Minimalist
PRESSBlog feature on Inconsistency Rang The Horse - March 2013
Hats For Hope feature on Motherburg - January 2013
Giveaway on Girls Gone Child - December 2012
Charity write-up on More Than BBQ Tofu - December 2012
Photo feature on The Amber Show - December 2012
Blog feature on Planet Millie - December 2012
Giveaway on Blank Pages - October 2012
Shop feature on Blank Pages - October 2012
Blog feature on Small Hands, Big Ideas - July 2012
Giveaway on New Nostalgia - April 2012
Hats feature on New Nostalgia - April 2012
Shop and blog feature on Flashpack - March 2012
Shop feature on Saturated Canary - March 2012