Posted on June 15, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, but I wanted to let people know that, while I’m continuing to work on my project, I will no longer be updating this blog with photos and news of my progress now that my senior project is over. Thanks to everyone for your words of encouragement!

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Hannah’s Hopeful Hats for boys?

Posted on October 23, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the mission and purpose of Hannah’s Hopeful Hats. I had a very clear idea in starting it: I wanted to make flattering, beautiful hats for girls to help them feel more confident as they undergo cancer treatment.

However, I have been asked a number of times whether I knit hats for boys as well, and I’ve come to the realization that I can’t think of any reason why I shouldn’t. Guys want to feel good about themselves too, and even though I was inspired by Hannah, that’s no reason to exclude them from what I’m doing. I was recently asked to make a hat for a teenage boy who was just diagnosed, and I got the yarn for it today. While I’m not sure if I’ll make quite as many hats for guys as for girls (I think most guys would be more inclined to wear a baseball cap or something like it when the weather is warm, so the need might not be as great), I’m going to start making hats more geared towards boys in addition to the hats that I’ve already been making.

On that note, here are some patterns I’m looking at. Knitting patterns for men tend to be somewhat dull, but I’ve found some that I think have enough interest to make them unique while still retaining the manly image. Thank God for Jared Flood.

Koolhaas, by Jared Flood (This one was inspired by the look of the Seattle Public Library, which was designed by a man named Rem Koolhaas. Cool, huh?)

Habitat, by Jared Flood

Turn A Square, by (you guessed it) Jared Flood

Jacques Cousteau Hat, by Lalla Pohjanpalo

A Hat Fit for a Boyfriend, by Stephanie Nicole

Knotty but Nice, by Natalie Larson

Regular Guy Beanie, by Chuck Wright

Flintshire, by Ashley Knowlton

Struan, by Ysolda Teague (I’ll have to do some looking into how that brim is made. But it’s by Ysolda, so I automatically love it.)

…I’m going to be knitting a LOT of gray, black, navy, and brown. Sigh. Hopefully I can get some of my guy friends to model for me. At least I know from yesterday that Nick can work it.

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Posted on September 30, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Welcome to Hannah’s Hopeful Hats! Some of you may have seen my postings about HHH on Facebook, but I felt like I should a.) write about it somewhere that everyone, not just those who are on Facebook, can read about it, and b.) stop subjecting all of my friends to boring and incomprehensible talk about yarn and patterns and the like. So if you’re here, you’re here not as a captive audience but rather out of genuine interest in my project, and for that I thank you!

I’ll try to keep this blog as accessible and entertaining as I can, but I may occasionally delve into some more detailed knitting talk for those of you who are interested in such things. I’ll mostly be posting about the status of the project, but I may occasionally post about other opportunitites to support the cause. I won’t be posting about my social or academic life, except as they relate to HHH/cancer research (I promise, you’re not missing out on anything enthralling by not hearing about my social life).

So, where am I now? I’ve completed two hats out of my twelve hat goal, and have started a third. I’ll hopefully be taking pictures of these two hats tomorrow, and will put them on this website as soon as I can. I’ve received a great deal of interest, both from those who want to follow my progress and those who wish to contribute hats of their own. I also received an incredible donation of ten skeins of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in every color of the rainbow from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, as well as a 10% discount for everyone who is knitting for HHH. I have to say, when they gave me the yarn, I squealed like a seven-year-old and showed anyone who would look (resulting in much polite, but strained, smiling and nodding. God bless my friends). Malabrigo is easily one of my favorite yarns of all time: incredibly soft, versatile, and lofty. It’s also not the slightest bit itchy, which is important when knitting for cancer patients, who can get extremely dry skin from their medication and don’t have hair to guard against itchiness.

One more thing, unrelated to knitting this time- there’s a run/walk in Seattle this Sunday to raise money for cancer research. I’ll be walking, along with some of my family and many members of the community. I’ll be bringing chocolate chip cookies, if any of you find yourselves swayed by bribery (don’t worry, I do too). Go to the Run of Hope Seattle website to check it out!

Thanks again for your interest in Hannah’s Hopeful Hats! I’ll try my best to keep this website updated with my progress, and if you have any questions you can leave a comment or email me at hannahshopefulhats@gmail.com.

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  • My Inspiration

    With a warrior spirit, you can fight the cancer.

    If you were a kid and you found out you had brain cancer, what would you think about? What would be the worst things that could happen to you if you had cancer? Sadness? Pain? Being tired of all the a​p​p​o​i​n​t​m​e​n​t​s​, treatment, IV’s and years of your life passing you by at the hospital? I wish kids would not go through these things.

    -Hannah Hunt

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