Monday, November 6, 2017

2017 Itty Bitty Giant Hat Drive Tally



Good evening all!!!!

Wow what a busy month it's been! Finishing ends, adding buttons, posting parcels! Then BAM along comes Halloween and I get totally creatively snowed under! I've also added some photos below of my hats, and all the patterns from this year!

Nevermind! Today I'm here to give you the tally for the 2017 Itty Bitty Giant Hat Drive, for the number of hats that have been received throughout October by Chance's Clothes Project.


Are you ready? Set?

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!!!

The tally is2979 HATS!!!


Oh! My! WORD! Lovelies, I just can't even. I have goosebumps! Honestly! Two thousand, nine hundred and seventy nine hats! Let me break that down a bit. At 3 hats per pack, that is enough hats for 993 packs. WOW! Gals, have you got any idea just how incredible that is? That's insane right there!

You guys pulled together and did something completely mind boggling AMAZING this year and I can not thank you enough! I'm sitting here looking at these number, while Im typing, with tears in my eyes. What an honour you have all done. What an amazing display of support and understanding and caring. There will be hundreds of families, that will now, because of YOU have something size appropriate for their angel. Hundreds of families that will know they are not alone. That will know someone out there cares.

You guys hit it out of the ballpark, and I am so proud of each and every one of you who joined in. Thankyou, from the bottom of my heart.

Something neat we've been doing for the last few years is a map that logs the postcodes parcels come from, it's actually pretty cool to see. If you'd like to check it out, you can do so here: World Map



Also, please remember that this tally was for hats donated to CCP only. They are whom I work with each year in Australia as the beneficiaries of the hat drive. There are most likely many THOUSANDS more hats that have been donated worldwide as a part of the IBGHD that I don't know about, and that is even more incredible!!

So, where to from here?

Every year it does get harder to come up with more designs, it's much more challenging. But, I have never let a little challenge stand in the way! So yes, we will absolutely be back again next September! Whether I have 30 completely new patterns, or a mix of new and old, who knows. But we have almost a whole year to plan and prep!



There is one more thing I'd like to talk about before we finish up here this evening. As I said, within Australia hats get sent to CCP. A lot of people would love to have somewhere international to post to as well. So... if you run an organisation that makes baby bereavement packs that are given to families for free in another country, and you would like to get involved for next years hat drive, PLEASE email me! (If your a member but don't actually own/run it, please pass the info on to those who do) I'm looking for 1, maybe 2 (depending on country size and location) organisations per country. So that we can start thinking about taking this global. Groups that get accepted will need to do a few things to join in (Like sharing the pattern posts on social media daily, and keeping a tally of the hats they receive for the drive, and possibly helping with pattern translation into other languages, but I may also beable to help there too) but I think overall it would be pretty incredible to see tallies from around the globe, a map with all the countries on it, and grass roots organisations in other parts of the world benefiting large scale because of the hat drive. So hit me up if you want to talk logistics for 2018! If we can hit almost 3000 in just Australia, Imagine what we can do globally!!!!!!






Saturday, September 30, 2017

30. Amira Preemie Beanie











Well lovelies, here we are. Day 30! What a month it's been! I know the ladies in the CCP crafters group have learnt a whole bunch of new stitches this past month!

I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing every single photo you have shared with me this September, and have been blown away time and time again by your skills and colour choices! Amazing, simply amazing. Thankyou to everyone who joined in, regardless of if you used my patterns or not. Thankyou too for all the shares from everyone! Word of mouth is so important for events like these!

I always feel a little emotional writing up the last post. It's a weird combination of relief, excitement and a bit of sad. So so many hours of work throughout the last few months, so many stitches and so much time reflecting on not only my own angels, but the ones that will eventually wear these hats, and the ones who they are named after.

The next 15 days are a good time to weave in ends, add any extras and reflect on the enormously amazing contributions you have all made. Your hats will bring a family so much comfort and love in their darkest hours. Don't forget to post your hats on the 15th, which is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, Now, I know that falls on the weekend this year, so feel free to do it a few days earlier if you live somewhere that doesn't have weekend postage.

For those in Australia, your hats can be sent to

Chance's Clothes Project
c/- Cowra Neighbourhood Centre
15 Vaux St
Cowra NSW 2794

Please add a small note with the hat tally in the parcel, your town, and postcode. We love keeping tally and adding to our world map.

Now, onto today's beanie!

The Amira beanie, is another bottom up design. Gosh I love these, they just look so good! The Amira beanie will fit a bub of 32-34 weeks gestation, and is pretty easy once you get the hang of the clusters. Be sure to pay attention to the cluster decreases, they can be a bit tricky if you've never done something like this before, but Ive wrote out how to do them, so you should be good to go <3

Thankyou for joining me on this journey!









Amira Beanie


You Will need:
DK Weight/8ply Yarn in 3 colours.
3mm hook.


Sized To Fit:
32-34 Weeks Gestation

Band:

1: Ch6, sc into the second chain from hook and each chain across - 5sc

2-46 ch1, turn, sc across in the back looks only

End off, sew band together, being careful not to twist.

Rejoin yarn to the band somewhere near the join and ch1, sc evenly for 48 stitches around the band, working in the row ends.

STARTING CLUSTER: *yo, insert hook in same st, draw up a loop, yo, draw yarn through two loops*, repeat once, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook,


CLUSTER: *yo, insert hook into the space, draw up a loop, yo, draw yarn through two loops* repeat 2 more times in the same space, yarn over, draw through all 4 loops on hook.


CLUSTER DECREASE: yo, insert hook in next ch1 space, draw up a loop, yo, draw yarn through 2 loops, yo, insert hook into next ch1 space, draw up a loop, yo, draw yarn through two loops, yo, insert hook into the same ch1 space, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

1: Ch2, Starting Cluster, ch1, skip the next stitch, *cluster, ch1, skip the next stitch*, repeat around, join to the first cluster.

Change Colour 
2: slst into the ch1 space, ch2, starting cluster in the same space, ch1, *cluster in the next ch1 space, ch1*, repeat around, join to the first cluster.

Change Colour
3: Repeat round 2

Change Colour
4: Repeat round 2

Change Colour 5: Slst into the ch1 space, ch2, starting cluster in the same space, ch1, *cluster in the next ch1 space, ch1* repeat once, cluster decrease, **cluster in the next ch1 space, ch1*, repeat 2 more times, cluster decrease, ch1,** repeat around, until you have 4 ch1 spaces left, cluster in each of them, join to the first cluster

Change Colour 6: Slst into the first ch1 space, ch2, starting cluster in the same space, ch1, cluster in the next ch1 space, ch1, cluster decrease, ch1, *cluster in the next ch1 space, ch1, cluster in the next ch1 space, ch1, cluster decrease, ch1*, repeat 3 times, join to first cluster.

Change Colour 7: Slst into the next ch1 space, ch2, starting cluster, ch1, cluster decrease, ch1, *cluster in the next ch1 space, ch1, cluster decrease, ch1*, repeat 3 times, join to first cluster.

Change Colour 8: Slst into the next ch1 space, ch2, starting cluster, ch1, cluster decrease, ch1, *cluster in the next ch1 space, ch1, cluster decrease, ch1*, repeat around, ending with a cluster. Join to the first cluster. End off leaving a long tail.

Using a darning needle, use the tail to gather the hole closed. Weave in all tails.