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« on: February 15, 2011 06:49:43 AM »

I'm posting this for a friend, Karen St. Dennis, who has a 15 year old daughter going for her girl scout gold award.
Her grandma passed away from cancer, so this challenge really means the world to her.
This would be a fantastic way to help a girl reach her goal, as well as helping cancer patients right within your own community!
Challenge Details:

My daughter is 15 and she is doing her Girl Scout Gold Award Project knitting and crocheting (or sewing) Chemo Caps and Lap Blankets for cancer patients.  

Deadline is Between March 1 and August 1 of this year:

     We are issuing you a challenge, if everyone we know makes just one cap or lap blanket and donate them to your local hospital or cancer center this would be a GREAT message to send.

there are certain guidelines to follow to do this,
            For caps/hats -
-No wool or animal fibers, no angora, no alpaca, most hospitals won't allow them. (Plus they can itch!!!)
-They should be soft, like baby soft acrylics, or cotton yarns.  I have been working with a 50% cotton/50% nylon yarn and it seems to be soft
- All yarn should be washable and machine dryable compatible, as cancer patients have compromised immune systems and everything needs frequent washings for sanitation.
- Finished hats should be fairly light in weight with little or no seams-
- Styles should be something along the idea of a beanie cap, but I've found some cute patterns for hats with a little bit of brim on it.
- Styles should be fairly "closed" without any gaps or anything.  Chemo patients usually cannot stand sunlight for very long and can get burnt in less than 10 minutes.  Hats are not only for warmth in the winter, but also protection all year round.

           for the blankets -
- No wool or animal fibers, no angora, no alpaca, most hospitals won't allow them
- All yarn should be washable (and ideally drying machine compatible), as cancer patients have compromised immune systems and everything needs frequent washings for sanitation.

- sizes like a baby blanket or 32 x 45 approximately.(sewing works also)

       If you decide to help us with this challenge, please drop me a "Mention" on twitter @handcraftkaren
or email at nkcaj@aol.com to let us know what you were able to complete to bring to the hospital or cancer treatment center.

Thank you for whatever you can do to help this cause.


*I think everyone knows someone who has been affected by a cancer & it would be a great tribute to them.
I will make a hat or a lap blanket to honor my sister's memory...as she passed away from leukemia & I love that it would bring some comfort to someone going through cancer treatment today.


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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2011 09:36:58 AM »

Thanks for posting this! I hope some craftsters can help out.
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011 09:28:17 AM »

This is so awesome! I did something similar for my Gold award. Please let her know that we wish her good luck.
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2011 06:04:04 AM »

I'll definitely get together a few projects to donate Cheesy I'm actually working on my Gold Award Service Project this year too
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2011 09:15:06 AM »

I'll definitely get together a few projects to donate Cheesy I'm actually working on my Gold Award Service Project this year too

Excellent! Thank you!
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2011 06:41:59 AM »

I am a very beginner crochet-er, but here's one that I made that was pretty quick and easy, and seems suitable for this project: http://www.crochetspot.com/free-crochet-pattern-newborn-baby-hat/.  (You have to pay for the pattern that has all sizes, but you could probably just keep increasing until it's big enough.)  Except don't slip-stitch in the chain-3; that's wrong.  Skip that and join in the first actual stitch.
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2011 08:51:41 AM »

My daughter is getting ready to start her Gold Award. She is going to help collect blankets for the Linus project. I would assume that some of the blankets might go to chemo kids.
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2011 09:09:16 AM »

Would it be okay to post this on Facebook?  I have lots of crocheting/knitting friends. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2011 10:36:52 AM »

@A2JC4life   I'm gonna hit you up when my daughter starts hers.  Wink   
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