Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Think Globally, Knit Locally

As Megan is busy tallying up the results of our Ballband Rally, we would like to announce a new Hilltop knitalong:

Hilltop's Winter Warm Up!

From now until Monday, December 18, we are calling upon the amazing knitters and crocheters among our staff and customers to share some of their holiday knitting time, to create warm winter necessities for children in our community and around the world.
At our Queen Anne shop, we will be collecting knitted and crocheted items for two charities: The Baby Boutique and Caps to the Capital.

The Baby Boutique is a part of King County Family Services, serving families in transitional housing and working with the agency's social workers. It provides clothing and toys free of charge to these families as they need them. Children's hats, scarves, blankets, mittens and even handmade toys would all be helpful items to donate. This is a great way to use up project leftovers, or those gifts that weren't quite ready in time for the baby shower, or to try out some of those adorable baby patterns you've seen around!

We will be also be sending newborn hats (sorry, newborn hats only!) to Caps to the Capital, a project of Save the Children introduced to us by one of our customers. The hats are first being sent to Washington DC, to show support for health care programs for mothers, babies and children in developing countries, and then will be sent on to families in countries where Save the Children works. The organization has specific patterns available for making these hats, as well as more information about the project, at their website.

To show participants our gratitude, for each item you bring or send into the shop, we will have you fill out a raffle ticket, and, at the end of our drive, we will draw names for some soon-to-be announced prizes. We will also try to post pictures over the course of the month of things we're making and items received, to pass on the inspiration!

We know so many thoughtful and active knitters and crocheters that come in to Hilltop! All your efforts will be truly appreciated by their recipients, and you will be helping to make the world a warmer place this winter!

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