Tuesday, 11 August 2009

About A Hat In Time

In 2008, Save the Children’s launched their Knit One Save One campaign, for which people were asked to knit a hat for children in countries where child mortality is a massive problem, and to send a message to the UK and US governments to invest money to reduce preventable child mortality.

The hats kept coming. More and more arrived, and the head office of Save the Children had to transform the basement into a hat sorting station.

To me, it demonstrated the generosity of people, particularly crafters, and the very strong link between those who decide to make things by hand and those who will give to charity.

When it came to celebrating Save the Children’s 90th anniversary in 2009, there was no question that this celebration had to also celebrate the contribution of so many knitters to the Child Survival Campaign.

I decided that I would put together a book of knitting and crochet hat patterns to celebrate Save the Children's work and fundraise a bit while doing so.

Thanks to the community on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/), even more generosity was found. This time, knitters all over the world donated patterns for this book. I would like to thank them wholeheartedly because without their donation, this book would never have been.

The book will also include photos and case stories taken from real work that Save the Children undertakes around the world, with a look back into the history of what Save the Children has done and achieved in the last 90 years.

All profits from the sale of this book will of course be donated to the vital and ongoing work of Save the Children. We will only rest once the rights of the child have become a reality across the world. Much more work is needed, and this work needs money, dedication, time and commitment. So thank you for buying this book. With it, you make your very own contribution to realising our vision.

Please follow this blog or follow me on twitter to get updates on the publication of A Hat in Time (estimated date of publication: first week of September 2009).

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