Wednesday, January 03, 2007


UPDATE: you need to EMAIL me with your info... I cannot send info to people if I don't have their contact info. leaving a comment without an email address will not let me contact you.

ATTN: Diane from Holden-- please email me at kskaare (at) gmail (dot) com, insert the @ where is says (at) and a . where it says (dot).

Ok, some of you Bostonians and New Englanders may know Childrens' Hospital Boston. and if you don't, just stop a random stranger on the street and ask them about it. A child they know went there, got treated, passed away, got cured... it's one of the best hospitals for children in the world. And they need our help. If you don't live here in Boston, be assured that Childrens' Hospital treats kids from all over the world and provides support to their families while they are undergoing treatment. It's an amazing place when you are sick child or if you have a sick child.

There seems to be a ward of 10-16 year olds who are undergoing radiation and chemo for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses who need some hats. No, not just ANY HATS... they want the fun fur. Yup, I said it. FUN FUR. And they want a lot of it! Girls, boys... teens, preteens... all running around the wards at Childrens' Hospital with fun fur "hair"--- laughing, playing, raisin' hell.... sounds good, doesn't it?

Now, the contest part. I'm willing to give up my hard earned money (via yarn) to pass out some prizes... there will be prizes for "largest # of hats" and "random name picked from hat" and "ohh, it's hat #50!". Everyone will be given a chance to win something. As the hats start coming in, the prizes start going out. Got it?

The Rules:
1. you email me with your name, email, snail mail and blog ( if you have one)
kskaare (At) gmail (Dot) com
2. I email you with a word document with several hat types.
3. you knit a few. I knit a few. You tell your SnB to knit a few. If they arrive in a box from you, you get in the prize drawing-- more hats, more chances.
4. You must have the hats TO ME in Boston by February 28, 2007. (these hats are not rocket science, they are easy, they are on big needles... one takes about 1 hour to knit)
5. I put your name in the contests... PC pulls names, Pumpkin announces winners via this blog and emails....

The prizes? Monica of Two Left Needles is offering up a skein of handspun. I am going to offer up some sock yarn (variety of kinds) and some other yarns. If anyone would like to donate yarn or prizes, please email me.

C'mon--- who's with me?

:) Mini


  1. Hi Mini - I'm interested - how icky is the fun fur to knit?

  2. Anonymous11:56 AM

    Hi Mini!

    I am in...just send details.....

    Diane - Holden, Ma

  3. Anonymous8:59 PM

    Count me in. I've got some Gatto that would be perfect (I was wondering what I was going to do with it).

  4. Sigh, I'm in to knit with the *@n !*r.

  5. joann's had fun fur for $1 each!

  6. Sending you an email right away.. I have worked with those ages of kids for over a decade and totally "get" how exciting fun fur fake hair could be when a group all wears them. Thanks!

  7. Hi Kate! Thank you for emailing me about this! I just posted about it! :) Fingers crossed for lots of hats. I will be knitting one or 5 myself! :)
    Use my new email address from now on, if you would.
    the other one is on the fritz.

  8. I'm in!
    *sends email*

  9. Anonymous5:51 PM

    Never knit with fun fur but I've watched my nieces in that age range with the stuff. The smiles on their faces make it good. So I'm in and I'll email you the info.

  10. Anonymous6:08 PM

    I'm in. There's a little girl in my son's class who's being treated for leukemia at Children's--I've been wanting to knit her a hat but don't know her parents well enough to ask if it's all right without feeling like I was being intrusive--so I'll do it this way instead. Jo

  11. I'm in! Norma sent me.

  12. Anonymous8:37 PM

    I am interested in the hat project. Please send info to Many thanks! Evelyn Buck

  13. Anonymous8:54 PM

    I just posted a photo of my first cap!

  14. Anonymous9:29 PM

    Great idea!! I've emailed you!

  15. Anonymous10:31 PM

    I just e-mailed you--I'm so. excited. to knit some furry hats for this project!

  16. Anonymous10:59 PM

    I'm in! I just sent you an email. I'm glad to help!

  17. Please send me some patterns and I'll churn out some wild ones for

  18. sounds like fun and fur a good cause! please count me in :)

  19. LOve it and can't wait to get started

    blog Http://

    I love charity knitting!!

  20. Anonymous3:34 PM

    Happy to - count me in.

  21. Anonymous7:50 PM

    I would be THRILLED to put some of this Fun Fur to good use and move it OUT of my stash. (What was I thinking?) Can we use other eyelash novelties? I have some that have a strand of chenille with the eyelash---they would be soft and they are in some nice, rich colors. Please send me a pattern or some kind of guide on size.

    Brenda in Iowa

  22. I'm in too. emailing you right now with my addy.

  23. Anonymous9:23 AM

    I'll have to buy a new needle to make these but, I'm shopping for "fur" today. What I would love is to see a picture of all these kids wearing their new "hair"! What fun!

  24. Anonymous2:11 PM

    Woolybuns sent me. (I feel like I'm giving the password for a 1920's speakeasy!)

    I'm in - just bought 10 skeins at JoAnn's for $10. Already emailed my info. I'm scared, though. I am a very novice knitter.

  25. I also sent you my information on Saturday, but wanted to let you know that I've completed 2 hats and have a good start on number 3. How much fun fur can I destash from my stash by your deadline? Lots and lots, I hope!

  26. I've already emailed with you, and even have some Fizz in my stash, (I think), so this shouldn't be a stretch. By the way, the fun fur chemo caps can be found online here:

  27. Anonymous5:44 PM

    Bought some disco fun fur today. I don't need to be part of the contest at all, but I'd love the patterns Norma mentions you will send out. Thank you so much. My husband had a nice chunk of Melanoma removed and we were very humbled by the kids we saw at the hospital.

  28. Anonymous7:48 AM

    I can never resist knitting hats for charity. Count me in, I'll email my info to you as well.

  29. Anonymous12:54 PM

    I've got 3 done, and just swung by Joann's for more fun's marked 5 for $10, but it came to $1 each at the stock up girls!

    So happy that sooooo many volunteered to help!


  30. Anonymous9:02 AM


    I'd like to participate -- pattern please :)!

    My e-mail is jamina(dot)hajagos(at)gmail(dot)com

  31. Hi!
    I want to help too!
    I just sent you an email!

  32. Anonymous1:36 PM

    I would like to help also. I just sent you an email!

  33. Anonymous1:05 PM

    Please count me in. I can knit at least a couple

    Please email the patterns, etc.

  34. I would love to send some hats! Please let me know where:

  35. Anonymous3:04 PM

    Sounds fun and fulfilling. Can you please email the details to me at

  36. I have some fun fur that I would love to leave my house for such a good cause!

  37. Would love to give a few skeins to a good cause. Please send patterns to nutrageous20012atyahoocom. You know what to do.

  38. I'm in - there's fun fur in the stash to be used - please see me at my blog.

  39. Hi Ya,
    I finished Six Hats for Hospital...
    I posted them in My Blog if you want to see :)


  40. Anonymous12:13 PM

    Got my patterns and went to Michaels to pick up some more fur and they have Fancy Fur on sale for $1. Now happily knitting away. Finished 2 last night while watchign the premiere of "24". Love these quick projects1

  41. I have a terrible problem. I only have three WIPs plus a butt-load of projects in my to-do bins, they are all in lovely wool, and none have real deadlines. Can you help me? I was thinking of making something out of fun fur...
    (I'm not including an email address because I'm logged in to blogger. I assume that'll get you what you need. If not...sorry!)

  42. ((((I'm not including an email address because I'm logged in to Blogger. I assume that'll get you what you need. If not...sorry!))))
    Sally, AFAIK, being logged into Blogger does not allow other users of blogger to see your email address unless it is public on your profile... which it is not (your profile). Of course someone could always use your profile to find your blog and comment on one of your posts.

    Just being helpful! :D

  43. Anonymous12:16 AM

    Hey there!

    Heard about this from all over blogland and am loving the idea... It takes care of two of my 2007 resolutions- reduce stash (like everyone!) and do charity knitting.

    I'm in!

    Even better that it is a local charity- I live in Charlestown. :)

    Jessica (frecklegirl.jess[at]gmail[dot]com)

  44. Anonymous10:10 AM

    Yes, love to knit a few furry hats
    thanks for all your work in organizing this!!!!

  45. Anonymous10:12 AM

    yes I would like to knit some furry hats.

  46. hi, i want to help here in Canada

    Please do not send to hotmail account, its my junk one.


  47. Anonymous2:43 PM

    HI, I want to play too! I've never made a fun fur hat but it sounds fun and it's so darned cheap right now, so that's irresistible!
    I too love the image of the kids playing and having fun together, overcoming the sadness with heads of knitted "happy hair." :-)))
    I have seen the headhuggers pattern. Is it ok to make that or do they prefer the one you will send?

  48. Anonymous5:23 AM

    Count me in - a great cause

    Lois in Boxboro MA

  49. i don't knit but i do have some fun fur yarn stuff (i tried... i really tried). and my son was treated at Children's in Boston for various things so i'd love to send the yarn to someone who could and would use it for this. let me know the best way to get the yarn to someone!

    thank you so much for starting this!

  50. I would love to knit some hats. My email is
    Thanks, Amy

  51. Sounds like a great idea to me. BCH is a very special place for me and my family. My first grandson was born at Brighman and Woman's and transferred to BCH after he was born in 2000. He was a "blue baby." "Transposition of the Great Arteries" was the diagnosis that was given to the parents at 4 months in utero. Fortunately, they were prepared for this impending life saving operation by classes at BCH, which they found invaluable to deal with the surgery and its aftermath. The surgeons, doctors and nurses are all the best. After repairing my grandson's "walnut size" heart and angel hair pasta size arteries ,his recuperation was great. I am thrilled to tell you he is a healthy, happy and very sensative little boy who enjoys 1st grade and loves any art project that come his way. He loves to make jewelry, and has been beading since he was 3 years old. Incredible hand-eye co-ordination and concentration, and an eye for pattern repeats. He received a knitting knobby as a gift and now. . . I can only hope he will like the needle arts. He did ask me for my hand knitted socks for Christmas, and his mother tells me he wears them every night to bed.
    Sorry this is so long, but if it had not been for BCH, I would not be able to have such a joy in my life.

  52. Anonymous7:07 PM

    Ooh! Yay! Knitting for causes! I'm

  53. Anonymous12:29 AM

    Hi please send me an address where I can send these furry hats! thanks,

  54. Hey there- send me the info! I'm sure I can work some fun fur wonders for these kids. Who's more worthy?

  55. I'm a bit late but count me in too. I've sent you an email :)

  56. Anonymous12:28 AM

    im even later:) but would love to knit a few...i still have about a week or so:) i just sent you an email...

  57. Anonymous10:50 AM

    Mini - I have two fun fur hats to send. Where do I send them? Thank you. Sue -

  58. Anonymous11:03 AM

    I am embarrassed, but I lost the pattern and information. Please resend.

    (Again I'm sorry)

  59. I sent in 4, please let me know if you got them

  60. Hey there, I sent my fun fur hats to you lst week. a few pics are posted on

    Can't wait to hear how many you end up with Share photos of the hat delivery.

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