Shipping days–those days when I pack up items that I’ve worked on for weeks or months and ship them to the organizations that will distribute them to their eventual recipients is always a special day. It’s a little bit like the days leading up to Christmas when I shop or finish up projects and wrap them and stick them under the tree while my mind pulses with images of the recipients enjoying the gifts.
Making hats for the homeless and for the people of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is something I do year-round, though this year I’ve crocheted more baby blankets and made fewer hats. Last year all of my hats were crocheted the old fashioned way, with a crochet hook and yarn. This year I’ve taken up loom knitting and have really enjoyed making hats on the loom. I find loom knitting very relaxing, easy to learn, and a nice lap-sized project for TV time.
Back in March I posted the first two loom knitted hats I made. Since then I’ve made three more…and have a fourth (sixth total) on the loom. I might have had another one or two to show, except that I stitched through my finger with the sewing machine last Saturday night and took a couple of days away from loom knitting while my finger healed up a bit.
I still don’t have it down to where I can make a hat in an hour…but I do have it down to where I can make a loom knitted hat in about the same time it would take me to crochet one and I find I like working with the loom.
A few weeks ago, I was visiting one of my favorite charity donation groups, Sew For Kids Volunteers and was inspired!
Being inspired wasn’t what was unusual. I’m usually inspired by this group of caring people who band together to help provide formula, blankets, quilts, winter coats, shoes, boots, firewood, school clothes, school supplies, diapers, and other items for the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Usually I am inspired to make more quilts, scarves, baby blankets, crocheted hats — things I already make. The poverty there is so extreme that the need is never fully met…so those of us in the group keep making, buying, sending.
However, one of the ladies in the group had posted a picture of four hats and a scarf that she’d made on one of the looms like the one pictured above. Another lady posted that she could loom a hat in an hour or so. The idea of being able to make a hat in an hour appealed to me so I purchased the set of looms above and jumped right into a whole new craft.