I have some exciting news.
A couple of weeks ago, Charlotte from Palace Green Library at Durham University got in touch to ask if I would like to be involved in their Hats Fit for Heroes charity campaign. As part of their upcoming exhibition ‘Antarctica: Explorers, Heroes, Scientists’ (opens 17th October) the Palace Green Library in Durham are running a knitting event called ‘Hats fit for Heroes’. The idea is to ask knitters/crocheters/sewers to make hats based on those worn by Antarctic explorers and then to sell them with all of the proceeds going to Walking with the Wounded, a charity that works with wounded service men and women and which last year organised an Antarctic trek.
My Tom Crean Teacosy Hat pattern is one of the patterns they chose for the campaign.
I’m delighted to be part of the campaign. I’m very excited by the fact that something I did with this blog could have a real impact on the lives of others. I never thought that a teacosy could change lives! And I never thought anyone would ever describe me as a designer. But there you are.
If you missed the original post, you can read all about Tom Crean and his mighty hat here. Since I posted that piece back in February, I’ve been following Antarctic Discovery, a blog that publishes pieces from Shackleton’s diary. It makes for fascinating reading and I’d recommend it if you want to find out more about Antarctic explorers of the heroic era.
Hats have already started to arrive at Palace Green Library and I’m really pleased to see that there’s a couple of tea-cosy hats there already!
If you want to make a teacosy hat the pattern PDF is here:Tom Crean Tea Cosy Hat
If you’re on Twitter, you can follow the campaign at #AHatFitForAHero
Here’s all the details from Palace Green Library about the campaign:
Could you knit, crochet or sew a hat fit for a hero?
As part of our upcoming exhibition ‘Antarctica: Explorers, Heroes, Scientists’ (opening 17th Oct 2015), Palace Green Library in Durham is seeking crafting enthusiasts to make hats fit for heroes, inspired by Antarctic explorers.
All proceeds will be donated to Walking with the Wounded, a charity working with wounded service men and women across the UK. The charity organised a trek across the Antarctic in 2013 (www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk).
How can I help?
Get crafty and create your own hat fit for a hero. You can knit, crochet or sew your hat, and it can be adult or child sized. Be as creative as you like but if you are using someone else’s pattern, please make sure you have permission to make a hat that can be sold for charity. If you are looking for a knitting pattern, we have teamed up with Woolaballoo in Hexham and knitting designers Jane Carroll of ‘Archives and Old Lace’ and Angelea McGarrah have kindly agreed to the use of their patterns based on authentic explorer hats. These will be available on our website in the next few weeks: www.durham.ac.uk/palace.green/headstart
Then simply bring along your finished hat to one of the drop off points in Durham, Hexham or Harrogate:
- Palace Green Library, Durham
- Woolabaloo, Market Square, Hexham
- Woolabaloo stall, Hall B, The Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate (26-29 November only)
Or you can post your hat to:
Palace Green Library
We need to receive your hat no later than 30 November 2015. Please include your name and up to 50 words about your hat.
We are also running two free craft workshops with pattern giveaways to help get you started – details to follow.
We will be selling our hats from 1 December 2015 in the gift shop at Palace Green Library, Durham. All hats will cost £15.00 with all profits going to Walking with the Wounded. We hope to raise even more money as Barclays Bank has kindly agreed to match fund the first £1,000 raised.
If you can, we’d love you to print and display the attached poster in your venue. If you need any further information or would like us to send you some printed flyers, please don’t hesitate to contact the good people at Palace Green Library: email@example.com or follow them on Twitter: @palacegreenlib