my little army of hats

Remember when I had a bad day at work and it ended up in me bringing home a mass of knitterly goodies? There was a skein of discount yarn somewhere in that pile that also came home with me, with a particular purpose: the innocent Big Knit 2011. And here we are, a few weeks later, and I’ve just sent off a little army of 10 tiny hats to Innocent Belgium! I have to say I was quite excited taking these to the post office! And I even had a little chat about knitting IN FRENCH with the lady at the post office counter (ok, I understood only about half of the conversation, but I’m still quite proud!).

This is the first time I’ve knit for charity, and I have to say it wasn’t out of some particular sense of duty. Actually, this whole initiative led to some interesting conversations about the value of knitting for charity at my knit group: in terms of the time a knitter invests, the (meagre) amount of money which the company donates in return, and the good amount of publicity which the company itself receives in the process. I don’t have a particular passion for knitting for charity, nor any strong feelings against it. This time I was simply inspired to do it by a pretty skein of yarn! :) I should also admit that the potential of running into one of my little hats somewhere at the supermarket when the action goes live would be pretty awesome!

The hats were basically knit up in two evenings. I knit them flat because I don’t like knitting small circumferences in the round. I really enjoyed making up different stitch patterns and trying them out on such a small scale.

And the yarn (Gedifra Fiorista Fino) made me think that I should really reconsider cotton (which I normally never ever use). Look at that stitch definition! It was lovely to use, a real pleasure.

All in all, it was a fun activity, and the products may even do a tiny bit of good somewhere out there…

How about you? Any strong opinions on knitting for charity? Did anyone participate in The Big Knit? I’d love to see others’ tiny hats!