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Jenelle
09-22-2006, 10:51 PM
Marce came up with the idea to make a KAL for Caps to the Capital. (http://www.savethechildren.org/capstothecapital/)(Click Here (http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15521) for the thread in general knitting)

Who all is joining in? :heart:

BinkyKat
09-22-2006, 11:46 PM
I would LOVE to!!!!
Maybe I'll be the first from North Dakota!
:hug:

Shandeh
09-23-2006, 01:22 AM
I'm in!

jamadian75
09-23-2006, 09:20 AM
I'm in! :cheering:

This deadline of January 2nd gives us all time to do at least one. This is also a great stash buster since it doesn't seem to require much yarn (they're so tiny!! :pout: )

I'll keep a running count of how many you each report out here that are finished. If you can take pictures before you mail yours in, post them out here too!

*sigh* KH'ers are awesome!! :heart: :hug: :heart:

cozy
09-23-2006, 02:51 PM
What great timing. I'm getting ready to start on some hats any day now for this charity. I'll be glad to post my pics & numbers.

itsbecca1979
09-23-2006, 03:11 PM
I'm in!

jamadian75
09-24-2006, 03:32 PM
Ooops!!! I completely forgot to say THANKS JENELLE for starting this thread. :hug:

I have added our "ticker" to my signature to keep a count of our hats. When you make some just post them out here and I'll keep it updated.

:cheering:

snephenie
09-24-2006, 10:54 PM
Count me in! :)

Jenelle
09-25-2006, 05:00 PM
Ooops!!! I completely forgot to say THANKS JENELLE for starting this thread. :hug:

No problem! :hug:

I currently have one on the needles. I'm going to try to finish it tonight.


Oh, Marce, I think it's a great idea that you are keeping count! :cheering:

cheesiesmom
09-26-2006, 08:27 PM
I have two done, but I have no batteries for my camera and can't find the cord to attach it to my computer. So...no pics.

jamadian75
09-26-2006, 08:35 PM
I have two done, but I have no batteries for my camera and can't find the cord to attach it to my computer. So...no pics.

No worries! We'll take your word for it ;)

Shandeh
09-26-2006, 09:52 PM
Here are some photos of the cap I finished last night.

First, I took a picture of it on my ball winder....but it looks kind of indecent. :teehee:

Next, I took a picture of it on a can of almonds. The little can suddenly looked like an angry rapper. http://bestsmileys.com/angry2/10.gif

So, after searching a little while, I found the small baby doll I use for modeling my other preemie creations. Voila!

Shandeh
09-27-2006, 01:21 AM
Here's my 2nd Caps to the Capitol Cap.
(Man that's a lot of "CAPS"!) :teehee:

jamadian75
09-27-2006, 09:40 AM
Alright Shandeh!!!!! :cheering: Your commentary made me :roflhard:

Pretty colors too!

knit-errant
09-27-2006, 01:09 PM
I'm in!

I've crocheted 5 so far -- I'd like to work up a few more, and I'll probably end up crocheting them too. (I'm a much faster crocheter than a knitter.)

I'll have to dig up the cord for my camera and post pics later!

HollyP
09-27-2006, 01:39 PM
Thanks for starting this Janelle!!
I'm in! What type of yarn is everyone using??

jamadian75
09-27-2006, 02:13 PM
I'm in!

I've crocheted 5 so far -- I'd like to work up a few more, and I'll probably end up crocheting them too. (I'm a much faster crocheter than a knitter.)

I'll have to dig up the cord for my camera and post pics later!

FANTASTIC!! I'll update our cap counter, and we look forward to the pics!

:woohoo:

Shandeh
09-27-2006, 03:00 PM
I used Red Heart Baby Sport in the shade "Gumdrop" for my first hat, and Caron Simply Soft Baby Sport in yellow and lime green for the second hat.

jamadian75
09-27-2006, 03:32 PM
Hey Sandy!

Thanks to your tagline, I'm joining both the Red Scarf project and the 25 Knits for Charity group. These are great ways to give back and to use up some yarn that I don't have earmarked for anything else.

:hug:

Shandeh
09-27-2006, 06:51 PM
Woo hoo!

I'm so glad to see that my links are effective!

And I'm not a BIT surprised to see that my former yarn swap pal has a heart of GOLD!!!
:muah:

I love that charity link page, because there is something that EVERYONE has a heart for there. :thumbsup:

jamadian75
09-27-2006, 07:07 PM
Thanks for starting this Janelle!!
I'm in! What type of yarn is everyone using??

Hi Holly!

I'm using some Red Heart Super Saver, and some Mainstay yarn.
I also have some TLC yarn. These are all 4-ply worsted 100% acrylic (washable/affordable, etc).

Hope this helps!

Jenelle
09-27-2006, 07:12 PM
I'm using some Red Heart Super Saver

I'm suprised that they didn't ask for a soft yarn. I was kinda thinking that RHSS would be a little bit rough. :??

HollyP
09-27-2006, 11:21 PM
Thanks! I found some homespun and simply soft in my stash. I started one tonight. I will definitely keep you all posted!

jamadian75
09-27-2006, 11:40 PM
Hello all! I started and finished one tonight, pictures comings soon!

I can never get over how small these are!

cheesiesmom
09-28-2006, 08:54 AM
I used a pink Peter Pan Baby Yarn (I think that's the name, bought for another project and it was left over; an acrylic and Plymouth Dream baby in white.)

Tammy6071
09-28-2006, 12:22 PM
I'm in too!! My former yarn swap pal, Gardenmommy, gave me some TLC baby in a pretty powder blue sparkle. I just cast on, so hopefully I'll finish one before work this afternoon!

jamadian75
09-28-2006, 01:15 PM
Welcome Tammy! Glad to have you joining us, sounds like a great way to use Swap goodies! :)

HollyP
09-28-2006, 03:13 PM
I finished my first one today!
I cast on for another a few minutes ago. I love how fast these are to knit! It breaks my heart at how small they are.
I will try to post pics when I have a few done!

jamadian75
09-28-2006, 06:32 PM
I finished my first one today!
I cast on for another a few minutes ago. I love how fast these are to knit! It breaks my heart at how small they are.
I will try to post pics when I have a few done!

Way to go Holly! :cheering: I like your idea to use Homespun too. I have some of that in my stash and will try my 2nd one in knitting with this (my first was done in crochet)

We're already past 10 hats and it hasn't yet been a week! :woohoo:

jamadian75
09-29-2006, 02:43 PM
Here is my first hat, crocheted with some (unknown brand) acrylic yarn...

http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m43/mamamarce/CapitolCap1.jpg

Jenelle
09-29-2006, 03:12 PM
Awww that's so cute Marce! :heart:



I'm about finished with my first one, so I should have it done within the next hour.

Tammy6071
09-30-2006, 09:09 AM
I've got three done. I think I've got the pattern memorized now. They are so easy and so fun to knit up.

BinkyKat
09-30-2006, 10:21 AM
:teehee: Ain't this the ca-yootest thread in the land?
I got just one done late last Sunday night and now that the weekend is here, I'll start more... I have started out with some Baby Teri I had from an Easter Bunny I made last spring for my godson..and this stuff is nice ans soft!
When I have more than one or two done I'll take some snaps to post!

Mer
09-30-2006, 06:16 PM
This is a great idea--I have some extra Cotton Ease that I think would work well.

jamadian75
10-01-2006, 12:25 AM
Jennelle - how'd you do?? Lemme know if I should put you on the ticker!!

Tammy those look FAB!!!! Such nice yarns, they look soft and very nice for baby hats - way to go!! :cheering:

BinkyKat - welcome :waving: , and YAY for getting one done! I love the idea of using up yarn left over from other projects. Stash busting is great for this!

Mer - jump in any time!! Love to see what you knit up (or crochet) :-D

Jenelle
10-01-2006, 02:05 PM
Jennelle - how'd you do?? Lemme know if I should put you on the ticker!!

Still havn't finished it. The other day I stopped and went for my sewing machine. :teehee:

cozy
10-02-2006, 11:14 AM
Great looking caps, knitters! I'm knitting one right now & should finish today. I'm using Bernat Softee Baby--I've got LOADS of this stuff that was supposed to be a blanket, but I just couldn't continue with the boringness of that project. :lol: I'm glad I can use all this acrylic for something good.

cozy
10-02-2006, 12:08 PM
Me again. I was wondering if anyone is knitting this project in the round? I just finished my first cap & I'm not crazy about the seam--I'm not good with seams & mine seems bulky & like it might be uncomfortable against a tender head. I think I'm going to try my next one on DPNs & see if I like that better.

Tammy6071
10-02-2006, 12:51 PM
I was thinking the same thing. I hate to seam. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out.

cozy
10-02-2006, 01:04 PM
I was thinking the same thing. I hate to seam. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out.

Sure thing. I'll start on another cap today.

Jan in CA
10-02-2006, 02:03 PM
Coming to this late, but I've decided to join in! I'll post pix when I have some done. :cheering:

jamadian75
10-02-2006, 06:07 PM
Hey there Del! :hug: Way to go on getting one done! I completely agree with you on the seaming issue. I wondered about doing this ITR too, mostly because seaming is just an extra time factor, and I'll do anything to save a few minutes (that could be the difference between 1 more hat, you know?)
If a few of us give it a try knitting in the round, let's share what we found out while converting the pattern.

Welcome Jan!! :muah: We're glad to have ya!

Mer
10-02-2006, 11:48 PM
Hey all--they actually refer you to the www.warmupamerica.org website for the pattern in the round--that's what I've been using! Here's the direct link. (http://www.warmupamerica.org/Jul06_kit.html)

cozy
10-03-2006, 07:45 AM
Mer--
Now you tell me, LOL.

Well, here's the 2 I did in the past couple of days. The one on the left is seamed; the one on the right was knit ITR.

http://static.flickr.com/97/259680872_c584d0475c_m.jpg

I had a weird, loose-ladder thing going on on the ITR cap; I think it was a combo of the needle size & the yarn because I knit a lot of socks ITR & have never had that problem. I may try both ways again when I knit my next ones.

jamadian75
10-03-2006, 08:29 AM
Del those are so cute!! :heart: Great job on both...weird about the ladder though. :??

Mer, thanks for that link! :)

snephenie
10-03-2006, 10:10 AM
Alrighty, here is my first cap. I am starting the decreases on the second one so I can finish that when I get off work.

The pattern is sooo easy!

jamadian75
10-03-2006, 12:19 PM
Nice work Steph! What yarn is that you used? It's Purty :teehee:

Our count is at 18! I'm so happy!! :cheering:

I'm going to bump us up in the General Thread so that others who may want to join will find this KAL.

snephenie
10-03-2006, 01:33 PM
I dyed it myself with koolaid :)

jamadian75
10-03-2006, 05:14 PM
I dyed it myself with koolaid :)

Oooo...even better!

DoulaLyndsey
10-04-2006, 09:28 AM
I've got one down! They're a piece of cake to knit and they're so tiny!! Many more to come!!

Doublereeder2
10-04-2006, 10:53 AM
What a wonderful cause. Here' my first one:

jamadian75
10-04-2006, 11:48 AM
Lindsey & knittinreed - WELCOME!! :waving:

Both your hats look so cute :heart: (love the doll model too DL :teehee: )

Our ticker is at 19 if my counting is correct so far...it is SO cool that our forum will be well represented in this great cause!

Lisa Kay
10-04-2006, 03:34 PM
Count me in! Sounds like a good project for in the car on a road trip.

I'm still a fairly new knitter, and haven't tackled knitting in the round yet. So when I'm doing the seam on a hat, is it possible to finish it in a way that the seam doesn't show when the cuff of the hat is turned up? :??

Doublereeder2
10-04-2006, 11:36 PM
Please add this itty bitty lemon yellow to the count :blush:

Jenelle
10-05-2006, 01:09 PM
Cute hats! :cheering: :heart:

I wonder if we could put some fair isle into the hats to make them more intresting.. I got bored of knitting st st. :pout:

Jan in CA
10-05-2006, 02:14 PM
Cute hats! :cheering: :heart:

I wonder if we could put some fair isle into the hats to make them more intresting.. I got bored of knitting st st. :pout:

I'm planning on doing that. The trick will be to figure out how to get it to work on different numbers of stitches. I'm doing my first one on DPNs and I have 44 CO stitches. Have to think on this a bit... :thinking:

Jenelle
10-05-2006, 02:35 PM
Maybe hearts or sailboats?

I'll look at some fair isle charts tonight to see if any spark my attention. I'll be sure to post them here if anyone is intrested. :D

Jan in CA
10-05-2006, 03:06 PM
I printed out a chart with 44 "stitches" so I can play around with patterns. If you do find something works that would be neat, too.

ETA: I just did a a fair isle double gingham ribbon (yellow on white) and it came out pretty! It's a start anyway. ;)

jamadian75
10-06-2006, 08:21 AM
ETA: I just did a a fair isle double gingham ribbon (yellow on white) and it came out pretty! It's a start anyway. ;)

Jan - is this another hat to add to the ticker?

Jenelle - I like that you've introduced an idea to make these KH originals :)

cozy
10-06-2006, 09:39 AM
Maybe hearts or sailboats?

I'll look at some fair isle charts tonight to see if any spark my attention. I'll be sure to post them here if anyone is intrested. :D

I love these great, creative ideas. It makes it that much more fun. I'm also going to look through some books this weekend.

Jenelle
10-06-2006, 11:49 AM
Jenelle - I like that you've introduced an idea to make these KH originals :)

Well, incorperating some kind of intresting pattern keeps it intresting.

Oh, I finished a hat last night and started another one.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i283/Knitting-Nelly/CTTC.jpg

I'll try to get the other one done tonight as well. It's a very pretty red, and I was thinking about trying out fair isle with it.

I love this KAL. :heart:

jamadian75
10-06-2006, 12:07 PM
BEEEEEUTIFIUL!!! :inlove:

Jan in CA
10-06-2006, 12:27 PM
I have one made. It's a multi-color one made with Bernat's softee baby.

I didn't like the white/yellow fair isle one after all, but I'll try again. I think I used a different gauge yarn on the fair isle part and it pulls in. :wall:

Mer
10-06-2006, 03:12 PM
I've done two! Pictures to come soon, I hope.

Doublereeder2
10-06-2006, 07:10 PM
Yay, Mer :cheering:

Jenelle
10-06-2006, 08:00 PM
I got another one finished.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i283/Knitting-Nelly/CTTCR.jpg

cozy
10-06-2006, 08:21 PM
Jenelle, yours are so cute, but I especially like the red one.

Jenelle
10-07-2006, 12:00 AM
Jenelle, yours are so cute, but I especially like the red one.

Thank you! :hug:

I'm still working on the small fair isle patterns. I'll try to get them done by Sunday.

Mer
10-07-2006, 11:39 AM
Here are the two that I made! I used the orange one to practice my stranded colorwork. These hats are so quick to knit!

jamadian75
10-07-2006, 02:26 PM
Our count is currently at 25!!! :blooby:

I really :heart: the pictures you're all sharing. And now I'm inspired to knit one (since my first was crochet).

Great job on the Fair Isle Mer!

Jenelle - you're cranking out some cuties! Are those done back and forth or in the round?

Jenelle
10-08-2006, 05:03 PM
Jenelle - you're cranking out some cuties! Are those done back and forth or in the round?

Back and forth.


Mer- those are very cute hats! :heart:

taking_back_knitting
10-10-2006, 04:55 PM
I am most deffinitely in!

jamadian75
10-10-2006, 10:05 PM
taking_back_knitting - WELCOME!!! :waving:

So glad to have you on the forum, and it looks like your first post was right here in this knit a long! :cheering:

If you can post pictures of caps you make, please do. We'd be glad to add you to the ticker.

Much :heart: :heart: to all those of you knitting along on this! I'm up in New Jersey, and my Florida-thinned blood is very aware of how important it is this time of year to have a warm head covering! :oops:

:hug: for each of you!

Jan in CA
10-11-2006, 12:32 AM
I have two and a half done! I'll post pictures tomorrow if I can!

Jenelle
10-11-2006, 02:46 PM
Welcome aboard taking_back_knitting! :hug:

Marce- Hows your vacation going?

Jan- :cheering:

jamadian75
10-11-2006, 05:19 PM
The vacation is SUPER so far, thanks for asking Jenelle!

We're in Hershey, PA right now. It's 66 degrees, which may sound balmy to some northerners for October, but I was downright COLD coming out of the car. (brrrrr)

Jenelle
10-11-2006, 05:41 PM
We're in Hershey, PA right now. It's 66 degrees

I'm not far from Hershey, and I do agree with you that it is COLD! :teehee:

HollyP
10-12-2006, 11:22 AM
I haven't been able to do much knitting in the past couple of weeks :verysad: But last night I made myself just sit down and knit. I can't remember the last time I was able to just sit and knit! I love how relaxing it is!! Note to self when feeling stressed and overwhelmed with everything pick up your yarn and needles and make something!

I finished my second hat last night. It was made of light blue simply soft. I will post pictures someday. I think I might start playing around with stitch patterns or something. I love the color work you all have been doing!

Everyone is doing such a great job :hug:
Marce if you are still in Hershey eat some chocolate for me!

editted because my fingers are dyslexic today

Jan in CA
10-12-2006, 04:23 PM
I've got 6 done and 1 on the needles. They go so fast! These are all done in the round on DPNs.

http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/photos/102051876-L.jpg

Jenelle
10-12-2006, 06:02 PM
Aww Jan those are so cute!! :heart:

taking_back_knitting
10-12-2006, 07:11 PM
I will post some pictures as soon as i finish some. I am hoping to make a lot of them so i'll keep you people updated with pictures! I live in Minnesota and I know a lot of people that don't belong to this site that i have gotten to join in and help out the cause. :frog: Ya...This'll be fun. Most of my friends can only garter stitch but I will teach them! It will come! Us teens need to get more involved.

jamadian75
10-12-2006, 10:48 PM
Hi there cap knitters! :waving:

Holly - for you, I'll make sure I eat enough chocolate for you and me both! :teehee: So glad your knitting brought you some breathing time!

Jan! - :thud: :inlove: I am loving your work on these so far! I'll have to check the previous posts and adjust our total UP UP UP :cheering:

taking_back_knitting :thumbsup: I'm digging that attitude! We love to have anyone contribute to something like this!

HollyP
10-13-2006, 12:25 AM
mmm chocolate... Oh wait that's not what I came here to post :teehee:

I just finished # 3. I need to get some girly yarn since all of the three I have made so far have been different hues of blue.

Jan those are great! You're right knitting them in the round is the way to go. They are so fast and easy!

Jan in CA
10-13-2006, 01:14 AM
I only have girly yarns so I think it'll balance out...unless you need to do it for a change of scenery. :teehee:
Thanks!

jamadian75
10-13-2006, 05:47 PM
Nice work, Holly!!

I need to get #2 going after I get home. Seems like these are nice in between projects, as in, in between something else that may be giving me a headache to knit :wall:

May your weekend be fiberful and lovely everyone!!! Next week, I'll post pictures on my KH blog from our trip.

Until then - :muah:

Jan in CA
10-14-2006, 11:40 PM
I have 12 done now, but need a break. :teehee: Will post pix tomorrow.

taking_back_knitting
10-14-2006, 11:47 PM
I finished my first hat today while i was at my swim meet! :happydance: ANd my TEAM MADE IT TO STATE!!!!!!! I get to swim at the University of Minnesota and the bus ride up i can knit a few more hats!!!!!!!!!! :cheering:

jamadian75
10-15-2006, 08:17 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:

WE ARE AT 40 HATS!

:woohoo: :woohoo:

Jan - you have outdone yourself! You deserve a break!! :cheering: :cheering:

taking_back_knitting - :woot: Congrats on Hat #1 AND your swim meet results! Maybe you'll pick up some new knitters on the bus :teehee: Good luck!

Jenelle
10-15-2006, 11:26 PM
I have 12 done now

:noway: :cheering:

Jenelle
10-15-2006, 11:27 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:

WE ARE AT 40 HATS!

:woohoo: :woohoo:



Good job everyone! :cheering: :hug: :muah:

cozy
10-16-2006, 09:25 AM
Put me down for 2 more. I don't think I'll be able to do much more until around Thanksgiving or so.

http://static.flickr.com/110/271261269_c19254aff1_m.jpg

Great job, everybody!! :muah:

Jan in CA
10-17-2006, 06:10 PM
Here's all 12 hats and just the simple fair isle ones. They are so easy and quick! All done on DPNs

http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/photos/103360106-S.jpg
http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/photos/103360101-S.jpg

Hildegard_von_Knittin
10-17-2006, 09:12 PM
wow jan, you're a machine!!!!

cozy
10-18-2006, 10:14 AM
wow jan, you're a machine!!!!

Is she ever! And she got all fancy with it, too! :happydance:

Jan in CA
10-18-2006, 01:33 PM
:teehee: Thanks! They are so easy! Besides girls I am retired so it's easier to get stuff done. :happydance:

DotMom61
10-19-2006, 05:39 PM
I haven't had a chance to read the whole KAL, but I just finished one @ piano lessons today ...

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/dotmom/Knitting%20FOs/CapsforCapital1.jpg

I hope I can get some more of these done before January!! :yay: They *are* quick!

Doublereeder2
10-19-2006, 05:40 PM
Wow, Jan!!! Beautiful...

Here are mine. Mom didn't have "baby" colors in her leftover yarn stash, so they are a little dark. Please add these 6 to the count.

DotMom61
10-19-2006, 05:48 PM
I almost forgot. I wanted to post a link to a whole slew of preemie hat patterns. Right here (http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/preemies.html#p-hats) -- some are knit; some are crochet. All should be sized for these wee babies.

KnittyKitty
10-20-2006, 05:25 PM
Do you think they'd accept some from Barbados? Not sure if this is a US citizen only thing :shrug:

Jan in CA
10-20-2006, 05:50 PM
I don't think it matters where they are from. They just have to be sent to the capitol. Anyone know for sure? :??

Jenelle
10-22-2006, 10:54 AM
Cozy, Jan, Julie, and doublereeder- All of your hats are beautiful! :muah:


and to inform every one, this is the 100th post on this thread! :cheering: :woohoo: :woot:

taking_back_knitting
10-22-2006, 12:31 PM
Add another one to the count my friend crocheted her first one! :cheering:

HollyP
10-23-2006, 11:53 AM
I haven't had time to post much lately ( darn midterms) but I finished another one!
I also found out that one of my lys is having a knit night devoted to Caps for the Capital! :cheering: I thought that is such a great idea I had to share it with ya'll! Our knit night get a fairly good turn out so if every body made just one... I get chills just thinking about it!!

jamadian75
10-25-2006, 04:59 PM
Cozy, Jan, Julie, and doublereeder- All of your hats are beautiful! :muah:


and to inform every one, this is the 100th post on this thread! :cheering: :woohoo: :woot:

Oh my WORD! I haven't been getting the notification for this, but WOW!!!

You guys are cranking along, and :woot: for us reaching more than 100 posts out here. I'm off the update the ticker :out:

jamadian75
10-25-2006, 05:04 PM
I haven't had time to post much lately ( darn midterms) but I finished another one!
I also found out that one of my lys is having a knit night devoted to Caps for the Capital! :cheering: I thought that is such a great idea I had to share it with ya'll! Our knit night get a fairly good turn out so if every body made just one... I get chills just thinking about it!!

This is FANTASTIC! I'm going to suggest it for Knit Nights at my LYS too (where I start working part time tomrrow by the way :woohoo:)

I updated the ticker...who will post about hat #50 I wonder??? :shifty:

taking_back_knitting
10-26-2006, 10:39 PM
My friend and I just finished one more a peice so add them to the count!

jamadian75
10-27-2006, 08:43 PM
............aaaaaaaaaaaaand HAT NUMBER 50 is on the ticker!!!

Great job! :cheering:

taking_back_knitting
10-28-2006, 06:24 PM
These hats knit and crochet really fast! They practically knit themselves!

Jan in CA
10-28-2006, 10:02 PM
I've had another one done and one on the needles for a week, but haven't taken the time to post a picture yet. I will soon!

AnotherBecca
10-29-2006, 07:50 AM
After I just posted in General Knitting about not taking on any more knitting projects until I finish the one I'm on, I read about this. I'm way out of the loop... I had no idea what this project was. But I definitely have to do it!

jamadian75
10-29-2006, 09:35 AM
After I just posted in General Knitting about not taking on any more knitting projects until I finish the one I'm on, I read about this. I'm way out of the loop... I had no idea what this project was. But I definitely have to do it!


YAY! Welcome Becca!! :cheering:
If you're able to post pictures of your finished hats, please do...otherwise, just keep telling us how many you have completed so we can add yours to the ticker in my signature.

SabrinaJL
10-30-2006, 11:52 AM
Ok, I REALLY wanna do this but I'm having trouble with the gauge. The first one I knit came out super small, but I realized I used sizes 6 and 8 needles instead of 8 and 10. The next time I used 8 and 10, but it was STILL coming out around the same size. It measures 3" across. That would make it a 6" circumference right? And they said it needs to be 9" to 11" circumference. Should I try size 11 and 13 needles? That would be a bummer, because I don't HAVE 11 and 13 DPN's.

Jan in CA
10-30-2006, 01:28 PM
Rather than using larger needles which would make the whole thing looser you could just increase the number of stitches. If they are that small maybe start by adding 10 and see if that works.

You must knit really tight or are you using small gauge yarn?

ETA: BTW ...I've been using Caron Simply Soft or Bernat Softee Baby

Shandeh
10-30-2006, 04:21 PM
My hats are about 4 and a quarter inches across, and I used Caron Simply Soft yarn for them.

SabrinaJL
10-30-2006, 05:03 PM
I used Caron Simply Soft too, so I must knit REALLY tight. I think I'll take your suggestion and try adding 10 stitches, Jan.

Jan in CA
10-30-2006, 05:39 PM
I used Caron Simply Soft too, so I must knit REALLY tight. I think I'll take your suggestion and try adding 10 stitches, Jan.

If 10 isn't enough you can increase more. Just try to increase evenly for the ribbing. Size is more important than the number of stitches, but even the size can vary some since babies are different sizes. :teehee:

susanc
10-30-2006, 07:56 PM
I'm in! I have already downloaded the info from their site! I'll keep you posted on how many hats I get done. I have around five done and just have to seem them up (ugh ~ I'm not great at this yet). I don't know why I'm having such a hard time figuring out how to do mattress seaming on them and having them look good. :wall:

jamadian75
10-30-2006, 09:03 PM
Welcome SusanC :waving: glad to have you on board!

Congrats on 5 hats already! I find the trick to mattress stitch is making sure I'm always in the same line of stitches searching for that illusive horizontal bar! I spread out my stitches as wide as I can and thread my seaming yarn under the bar that way. Just a little tugging usually makes the path clearer :teehee:

Keep up the good work! :cheering:

susanc
10-30-2006, 10:31 PM
Thanks jamadian75! It's getting that elusive line of stitches that is making me go crazy! I'll just keep at it and I'm sure I'll get the hang of it. It can't be that difficult!

I look forward to chatting with you and keeping updated on everyone's progress! :muah:

Jan in CA
10-31-2006, 06:19 PM
One more done, one on the needles!

jamadian75
10-31-2006, 07:07 PM
One more done, one on the needles!

That yarn is so PURTEEE!! :inlove:

Jan in CA
10-31-2006, 09:13 PM
One more done, one on the needles!

That yarn is so PURTEEE!! :inlove:

Thanks! They are both DONE now so you can add them to your ticker if you haven't already. :teehee:

jamadian75
10-31-2006, 11:56 PM
Thanks! They are both DONE now so you can add them to your ticker if you haven't already. :teehee:

DONE! :cheering:

DotMom61
11-02-2006, 12:20 AM
Jan!! Those colors are precious! I need to make some more of these. :yay:

Jenelle
11-02-2006, 12:58 AM
Those are gorgeous hats Jan! :inlove:

I'll try working on the one I have going on tomorrow. I have a preemie hat for The Preemie Project OTN right now that I need to finish up.

AnotherBecca
11-05-2006, 05:03 PM
I finished one! My DH was so proud of me... this is one of the few projects that I have ever finished and not pulled apart! Maybe because it was so tiny and fast.
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j74/knittingbec/CapstotheCapitalHat.jpg

jamadian75
11-05-2006, 10:18 PM
YAY AnotherBecca - such nice baby colors on that hat! :cheering:

And all the way from Japan! :hug:

jamadian75
11-09-2006, 07:44 AM
Hello my darling charity knitters! :hug:

Any more hats for the ticker?

I'm on a flight tomorrow and this seems like a very portable project :thinking: may have to toss one in the bag!

Auntie-Em
11-21-2006, 08:30 PM
Seeing this knit-along made me register so I could add to the count! I'm not even sure how I ran across the project several weeks ago -- perhaps on the Guideposts "Knit for Kids"? I found a pattern for the project on "Warm Up America" for a "knit in the round" that I use. Life is too short to spend it seaming up projects! :wall: I'm attaching the pattern for anyone who likes to knit themselves in circles.

I have 3 done and I'm working on a 4th. What a blast they are to make. When I finished the first one, I put it on my hand and stared at it for the longest time. Since I don't have kids, it's just hard to imagine that a little baby's head fits in it.

Sorry no pictures ... no camera. I'll recruit a friend to help with that & post some pictures later.

Happy Thanksgiving!

stagebear
11-28-2006, 12:25 AM
i just found Save the Children out there before i found it here. i will definately have to knit some up. this will be my first hat, but it will be a nice project to do while taking small breaks from the two baby blankets i'm working on.

i have some leftover Bernat Haven which should knit up nicely - i'll just have to figure out the correct amount of stitches for the thicker yarn.

stagebear
11-28-2006, 02:23 AM
wow - i just finished one! my first hat. but i didnt realize how tiny it would be - it's between 10" and 11" in circumference, but still - how tiny!

i will post pics when i can but i think it is absolutely adorable.

Jan in CA
11-28-2006, 02:52 AM
I've got a few more done, but I don't remember at what point the count for me is at.. :?? I'll post pix tomorrow.

jamadian75
11-28-2006, 10:38 AM
AuntieEm - welcome!! So glad you've joined KH AND this KAL!
Your 3 hats are on the ticker - let me know when to post # 4 :cheering:

stagebear - so glad you found us :waving:
Congrats on hat #1 - it will be on the ticker momentarily.

It is amazing, and a little sad to think how tiny they are, but I guess it reminds us how much these wee babies verly likely need a soft, warm covering for their heads :pout:

Jan - I'll look back and see where you last left off in the count. You're a machine! :teehee:

jamadian75
11-28-2006, 10:49 AM
I've got a few more done, but I don't remember at what point the count for me is at.. :?? I'll post pix tomorrow.

Before this post Jan you had 15 done and posted about here.

Jan in CA
11-28-2006, 05:49 PM
Here's some more hats. However 3 of them are made of wool so they may not be soft enough for this project.

I made up the fair isle and cable patterns. On the striped one I forgot to use a bigger needle after the ribbing, :doh: but it's pretty stretchy anyway. The cable one looks narrow, but it's super stretchy!

Jenelle
11-28-2006, 06:20 PM
:inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

Beautiful hats Jan! I really like the gray and purple one!

jamadian75
11-28-2006, 06:38 PM
Jan - that's 20 hats!!!
:cheering: :cheering:

(if my count is right :teehee: )

I'm proud to be part of this KAL with all of you.

Jan, where are you getting your fair isle patterns from?

Jan in CA
11-28-2006, 06:58 PM
Jan - that's 20 hats!!!
:cheering: :cheering:

(if my count is right :teehee: )

I'm proud to be part of this KAL with all of you.

Jan, where are you getting your fair isle patterns from?

Thanks! I make up the patterns myself. I printed out some graph paper with the correct number of stitches and just play around. You don't need to print out the 44 or 48 since you will only be making a repeatable part of the pattern. I print 22 and 24 grid papers and work from those.

Here's the link for the paper.
Graph Paper (http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/matrix/e-index.html)

feminine_earth
11-29-2006, 11:29 AM
Oh goodness, I didn't know about this! Count me in! I hope I can finish a cap in time...it will be my first ever hat. In fact, I've never knitted anything besides scarves before...so this should be fun! Thanks for the links and information, guys, and happy knitting! :)

jamadian75
11-29-2006, 11:34 AM
Oh goodness, I didn't know about this! Count me in! I hope I can finish a cap in time...it will be my first ever hat. In fact, I've never knitted anything besides scarves before...so this should be fun! Thanks for the links and information, guys, and happy knitting! :)

Hello and welcome! Happpy knitting to you too! :hug:

Jan - thanks for that AWESOME link!

Auntie-Em
11-29-2006, 10:09 PM
Jan - your caps are wonderful! Very lovely! Thanks for the link to the graph paper.

Please add 2 more caps to the count!

Back to work -- the real reason I fired up my computer. :pout: ... that would be work work, not work "knitting", but that isn't work is it?

jamadian75
11-30-2006, 11:47 AM
Please add 2 more caps to the count!

Back to work -- the real reason I fired up my computer. :pout: ... that would be work work, not work "knitting", but that isn't work is it?

Added! :cheering:

No, knitting is what we do when work starts trying to take over. It's a great way to "reprioritize" :teehee:

feminine_earth
11-30-2006, 05:04 PM
Hi Everyone!

I finished my Caps to the Capital hat! I stayed home from work today (sick, boo!) and knitted all day long! It's my very first FO that isn't a scarf or a swatch! It was also my first time doing ribbing. This was so much fun to knit, I loved it!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v212/jelti/Miscellaneous014.jpg

However...sewing the seam was VERY hard for me! :pout: I followed Amy's video and did mattress stitch, but I kept losing my place and couldn't really tell which stitch I was supposed to sew. So my seam is a little lopsided and kinda messy...but hey, as long as it warms up a baby's head, then it's ok! :)

Thanks for letting me be a part of this knit-along! It was lots of fun! Happy knitting! :hug:

jamadian75
12-03-2006, 12:10 PM
Alright fem!!

What a cute contribution!

Glad to have you knitting with us - and feel better soon! :hug:

feminine_earth
12-04-2006, 10:26 AM
Hi Everyone!

Thanks to Aunty Em's suggestion to me about knitting in the round, I bought myself two sets of DPN's, watched Amy's video, and gave it a go! :happydance:

The yellow cap I made (above) was knitted with worsted weight acrylic on sizes 8 and 10 straight needles. The one I'm making now is with sport weight acrylic on sizes 7 and 8 DPN's (the pattern called for size 6 and 8 DPN's, but I couldn't find any size 6's and I knit kinda tightly anyway, so I figure it should still work). Anyway, I'm only about 3/4 an inch into the ribbing, but I've noticed that the circumference looks a lot smaller than my yellow cap! I mean, this cap is looking pretty tiny so far. Will it get bigger the more knitting I complete? Or does it just look smaller because the yarn is sport weight? Is it because the needles are smaller? The pattern calls for casting on 48 stitches with sport weight vs. 44 stitches with worsted weight (on bigger needles)...so shouldn't the size of the cap still be the same?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me! This in-the-round knitting is pretty challenging, but lots of fun! :)

Jan in CA
12-04-2006, 02:44 PM
As long as it stretches it should be fine. Babies have different size heads, too. I knit all of mine in the round..so much easier!!

feminine_earth
12-04-2006, 03:33 PM
Thanks Jan! :)

MarDi
12-13-2006, 03:42 AM
I've made my first one today, and the second is already begun. These are wonderful to do! :D

Jan in CA
12-13-2006, 04:03 AM
Awwww! That is so cute, MarDi!

MarDi
12-13-2006, 01:02 PM
Thank you Jan :D

Auntie-Em
12-13-2006, 03:28 PM
Here's my little collection. Two more yet to finish from the last ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran....what SOFT yarn. :inlove: I recruited my niece to help as training for the socks we have waiting for our next auntie/niece knit along.

Edited by Jan in CA -mod squad to include a photo.

jamadian75
12-13-2006, 10:50 PM
Wonderful MarDi :waving:
Great to have you joining us here! Your hat is CUTE - good job.

I'm updating the ticker now!

jamadian75
12-22-2006, 08:38 AM
Here's my little collection. Two more yet to finish from the last ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran....what SOFT yarn. :inlove: I recruited my niece to help as training for the socks we have waiting for our next auntie/niece knit along.

Oh my goodness!! I haven't been out here in a while, sorry for the delay on adding your SEVEN hats Auntie-Em!

Way to knit! :cheering:

stagebear
12-22-2006, 01:23 PM
with my xmas presents almost done, i just finished 2 more caps. i'll post pics later.

jamadian75
12-24-2006, 03:53 PM
with my xmas presents almost done, i just finished 2 more caps. i'll post pics later.

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

feminine_earth
12-26-2006, 12:54 PM
Whoohooo! I finished my other Caps to the Capital hat! This was my first project knit in the round with dpn's (other cap was knit in straights)! Now I've got my two caps packaged and ready to go out in the mail. I hope they are put to good use and help an infant in need. :heart:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v212/jelti/CapstotheCapitalHat.jpg

jamadian75
12-26-2006, 01:23 PM
Whoohooo! I finished my other Caps to the Capital hat! This was my first project knit in the round with dpn's (other cap was knit in straights)! Now I've got my two caps packaged and ready to go out in the mail. I hope they are put to good use and help an infant in need. :heart:


Way to go fem!!! :cheering: Your cute hat has been added to the ticker.
And also, this reminds all of us to get those hats in the mail if we haven't already! Deadline is January 2nd, 2007

Here's the mailing info:

1 - Fill in the note to President Bush (page 7 of the Caps to the Capital Kit (http://www.savethechildren.org/publications/reports/kit11.pdf)) so he knows you care about newborns around the world. If you like,
include your name and address.This information is necessary only to show our leaders that the cap was made
by a volunteer knitter or crocheter.

2 - Put your cap and note in an envelope and mail it by January 2, 2007 to:
Knitters and Crocheters for Newborns: Caps to the Capital
Save the Children
P.O. Box 950
Westport, CT 06881

Happy Knitting you great charity knitters!! :heart:

jamadian75
12-26-2006, 02:22 PM
<BUMP>

Thanks Jenelle for the thread header update! :muah:

Compulsive
12-28-2006, 03:27 PM
I just wish to thank each and every one of you for giving your heart to these itty bitty's. My 10 yo dd was a preemie at birth weighing just shy of 3.8 lbs and was delivered at 30 weeks via C-section. She received a teeny tiny knitted pink hat with a pink satin ribbon tie. We still have that hat to this day.

I wish I had read the thread title correctly CAPS for the Capital instead of CAPES for the Capital :oops:, as the campaign ends next Tuesday. But I will still participate in my own way by knitting hats for the NICU unit where dd spent her first 30 days.

Sometimes, I forget about dd's tiny beginnings, perhaps, I don't want to remember, but you all have touched this selfish knitter's heart, thus, I set a goal of 4 hats knitted per month for the Fairview/Riverside NICU unit in MPLS, MN--just another way to pay it forward A 'LA Oprah.

:hug: Thank you! :hug:

jamadian75
12-28-2006, 04:41 PM
I just wish to thank each and every one of you for giving your heart to these itty bitty's. My 10 yo dd was a preemie at birth weighing just shy of 3.8 lbs and was delivered at 30 weeks via C-section. She received a teeny tiny knitted pink hat with a pink satin ribbon tie. We still have that hat to this day.

I wish I had read the thread title correctly CAPS for the Capital instead of CAPES for the Capital :oops:, as the campaign ends next Tuesday. But I will still participate in my own way by knitting hats for the NICU unit where dd spent her first 30 days.

Sometimes, I forget about dd's tiny beginnings, perhaps, I don't want to remember, but you all have touched this selfish knitter's heart, thus, I set a goal of 4 hats knitted per month for the Fairview/Riverside NICU unit in MPLS, MN--just another way to pay it forward A 'LA Oprah.

:hug: Thank you! :hug:

:muah: Thanks for the reminder that this need is a reality! I think your committment to get involved in that way is inspiring, and you've got great motivation.

mimi
12-28-2006, 05:09 PM
I made a little cap and I will mail mine too. I am not terribly proud of it, but I am happy to send it along.

jamadian75
12-28-2006, 05:56 PM
I made a little cap and I will mail mine too. I am not terribly proud of it, but I am happy to send it along.

Wonderful mimi! EVERY cap counts! :hug:

mwedzi
12-28-2006, 07:58 PM
Okay, so I just made one, too. Add mine to the ticker.

jamadian75
12-28-2006, 08:01 PM
Okay, so I just made one, too. Add mine to the ticker.

Alright Nikki!! :cheering:

Auntie-Em
12-28-2006, 08:49 PM
:cheering: Mine went in the mail today! Final count was nine caps.

Now it's back to my Guideposts Knit for Kids sweater project. I may just start a KAL for that. In the meantime, if you are interested here's the link: http://www.knitforkids.org/ I modified the pattern a little to knit the body in the round and use a 3-needle bind-off for the shoulder.

Happy New Year! It's been wonderful to KAL with all of you and see the :heart: that went into each of them.

jamadian75
12-28-2006, 09:37 PM
:cheering: Mine went in the mail today! Final count was nine caps.

Now it's back to my Guideposts Knit for Kids sweater project. I may just start a KAL for that. In the meantime, if you are interested here's the link: http://www.knitforkids.org/ I modified the pattern a little to knit the body in the round and use a 3-needle bind-off for the shoulder.

Happy New Year! It's been wonderful to KAL with all of you and see the :heart: that went into each of them.

Way to go!! :cheering:

I just received the Guidepost pattern from a friend - a great knit and cause!

stagebear
12-30-2006, 02:43 PM
just a reminder to everyone that all federal offices are closed on Tuesday the 2nd for a national Day of Mourning, so make sure to get your caps in the mail today.

Jan in CA
12-30-2006, 03:56 PM
Does this mean that if we can't get them in the mail today they won't accept them? I'll try.

And also...what the heck do I say to the President? I hate writing that kind of thing. I also don't like him so that doesn't help. :doh:

stagebear
12-30-2006, 04:13 PM
i'm not sure - i would hope they would accept things potmarked on the 3rd since this is an unplanned situation

mwedzi
12-30-2006, 04:42 PM
Oh, I won't be able to mail mine today. I can't imagine they'd turn away useful things because they were postmarked a day after the deadline. What then, throw them in the trash? Can't be.

Jan in CA
01-01-2007, 11:46 PM
My DH said only government offices will be closed tomorrow so we'll see. I'm going to try sending through Fedex tomorrow, if not then I'll send them on Wed. I can't image they'd turn them away and besides, it's not our fault they made tomorrow a day of mourning. :shrug: Anyway, they are boxed and ready to go!

jamadian75
01-02-2007, 04:48 PM
As we expected, they are still accepting hats for this...

Here's my email to and response from Donor Services...



Hello,

I am a part of a group of knitters who have made many hats for this great cause.
Since January 2nd has been decalared a National Day of Mourning, will you be extending the January 2nd deadline to have knit and crocheted hats sent to your organization?

-------------------
Dear Marce,

Yes you can still send the hat to us at the address below.

Warm Regards,

Dawn Nunn

Donor Services

:cheering:

Jan in CA
01-02-2007, 09:47 PM
That's good to know, Marce! However, I got mine mailed today! Whew! :cheering:

Shandeh
01-03-2007, 06:07 AM
Man, I'm glad they still take them! I've been sick, and didn't think about it til today! :doh:

feminine_earth
01-03-2007, 11:35 AM
My local gas station/convenience store actually has a mini post office in it, so I went last night at around 7pm and he postmarked it for the 2nd! Phew! :happydance:

It's good that they'll still accept late ones, though. :heart:

jamadian75
01-03-2007, 08:24 PM
Before this thread falls deep into the pile, I just want to say


:cheering: WAY TO GO KH KNITTERS!! :cheering:

I admire you for the time you took to make this contribution to little ones in need. We don't get a personal thank you for every handknit or crocheted item, but it sure does set the balance of blessings in our favor when we give unselfishly.

I'm proud to have done this along with you. Thanks again to Jenelle for getting this started and THANK YOU for joining in!

:heart:
:hug: Marce

Jan in CA
01-03-2007, 09:13 PM
We don't get a personal thank you for every handknit or crocheted item, but it sure does set the balance of blessings in our favor when we give unselfishly.



I've never needed a personal thank you, just doing it it is enough for me. I know that somewhere, some little child, baby, mom or dad appreciates my hard work.

I actually do know some people who refused to make things for some charities because they didn't get a thank you note. It just makes me :?? :??

Shandeh
01-03-2007, 09:51 PM
I'm with you, Jan. You should give because you want to give, not because you want the accolades. To me, it is SO satisfying to give of myself to others. That in itself is the gift to myself.

lisastring
04-29-2007, 07:14 PM
I'm a teacher and my students and I participated in the Caps to the Capital project. It was a fantastic experience! I have been in contact with Save the Children since the project ended and they let me know about a neat way people can continue to help.

Visit the link below to see a video about our Caps to the Capital experience. At the end of the video, click the sponsor link and up to 49 cents will be donated to Save the Children. Also, another neat thing is the that the last picture in our video is of a baby in Bangladesh wearing one of the hats we made. It was sent to me by Save the Children. All of us knitters and crocheters, we really do make a difference in others lives! Keep it up!

http://www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com/videos/view/id/250766