Sunday, December 30, 2012

At this festive season of the year . . .

We've always loved that line from Dickens' A Christmas Carol . . . "At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge," said the gentleman, taking up a pen, "it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time." Although it was written in 1843, not much has changed.

The long-awaited CoCo's Cap for Kids and Adults
While individually, it may be difficult for us to make a difference, collectively there's a lot we can do. We just received an email from a group that's close to our heart, Afghans for Afghans. It's a group of volunteers who send hand-knitted garments to the women and children of Afghanistan where the climate is harsh, and conditions difficult. More than warmth, these knitted items offer the assurance that someone cares.

Afghans for Afghans just received the opportunity to send over several cartons of knitted hats, mittens and socks for ages 5 to adult. The deadline is mid-January, and we are happy to find we have a cap all made and ready to send. We just need to pop it in an envelope and lick a stamp.

Now, why, you may ask do we have a cap all knitted up? Well, a very long time ago we received a request for directions for making a larger version of Coco's (Baby) Cap. We worked on it. We really did. AND we made progress. However, other things got in the way, and we didn't actually get the cap pattern written up into a pattern. This morning, we had the bright idea that we'd just post what we have. It's a little . . . uh, rough! . . . but it's really not rocket science to knit up a cap. All the info is there. It's just not pretty.

Our 'notes' would confound even one of those Navajo code breakers!

So, in the interest of sharing, and in the hope that someone else will knit up a cap for a child halfway around the world, here it is: Coco's Cap For Kids and Adults. One slight caveat: We're the only ones who have knitted this pattern. No one else has tested it, so if you find a mistake please let us know.

The crown . . . Pretty, right?

The details about the current campaign at Afghans for Afghans can be found HERE including the address for mailing your knitting. You must be sure to use mostly wool (not acrylic). The Afghan women know how to care for wool.

From the conclusion of  A Christmas Carol  . . ."He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him."

May your heart laugh!


  1. Thank you for this wonderful pattern, and the link to this charity. Happy new year!

  2. I cannot committ to making a knitted cap, but we shall see if we (that's the royal we) cause I am feeling rather uppity today - may put together a crochet toque of chocolate brown, cause thats what I have in the way of wool...

  3. Awesome, Cheryl; truly in keeping with the spirit of the season.

  4. It's a lovely hat Cheryl and to know it will be worn by someone in need halfway around the world is wonderful. You are wonderful! Happy New Year :)


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