Hats’ Off . . . or On!

Hats’ Off . . . or On!
By Pepi Nelson and Patricia Marks
Posted March 20, 2014

Terri Jenkins, Executive Director of the South Georgia Chapter of the Red Cross, models one of the four hats Dr. Patricia Marks made for the Red Cross volunteers.

Hats’ Off to the Stitchers of Love who are working on a project to supply knitted and crocheted hats to the Red Cross volunteers of Valdosta, Georgia. Even though the weather in South Georgia is frequently warm, standing beside a burning house at night is always chilling and sometimes chilly. The project will be ongoing throughout the year.

Many styles of hats are available for both men and women. All are welcome.

At a Civic Roundtable meeting in January, Terri Jenkins, the Executive Director of the South Georgia Chapter of the Red Cross, asked Dr. Patricia Marks if the Christ Episcopal Church Stitchers of Love would be interested in knitting or crocheting hats for her 30 volunteers. As of March, Patricia has delivered four hats with more in progress.

The work of the Red Cross is extremely valuable in our community. There is information about the organization at this website: http://www.redcross.org/ga/valdosta/about/leadership.

Use one kind of yarn or several for interesting patterns.

The hats can be made from less than one skein of yarn. They are great for using those small balls of yarn that stay around forever. Many patterns are available on yarn websites. For example: www.redheart.com has 159 free hat patterns and www.lionbrand.com has 438! There are also instructions at http://www.wikihow.com/Knit-an-Easy-Hat (or come to a Stitchers’ session for hands-on help). You don’t have to be a member of Christ Episcopal Church to join in this project. If you make a hat, just bring it to the church office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a note attached designating it for the Red Cross project and your name and address so that we can thank you. Anyone can join the Stitchers of Love to learn how to knit and crochet. The meetings are once or twice a month on Sunday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call the church office at 242-5115 for this month’s schedule.

Make a hat! It will make a big difference to someone.

Don’t be surprised if our Red Cross volunteers give their hats to the people they are helping, so keep the hats coming! They will definitely need more than 30.

Here are two hat patterns that you might find useful:

Easy Ribbed Cap (submitted by Patricia Marks)

Gotcha’ Covered Hat (submitted by Pepi Nelson)