Guest Post: Hat-Tember 2012!

I am so excited to let you know what our awesome Robyn has been doing.  If you don’t know Robyn, she is the one who does a lot of administrative type work here at New Nostalgia, especially with ad accounts.  She is also author of She Makes Hats and is doing an AWESOME thing for the month of September.  She is KNITTING A HAT A DAY for charity!  Can you believe that commitment?  AND she even has a little one who just learned to walk   She is well on her way and doing it. Scroll down to read more and see the hats she has made so far.  She is so cute in them, isn’t she??

I would love to know that New Nostalgia was able to help our Robyn in a big way.  Make sure you let us know if you end up contributing because of this post, and thank you so much for reading!


Hey there lovely New Nostalgia readers! Robyn here, of She Makes Hats! I’m so excited to share a huge project I’ve taken on during September … I’m crocheting hats while raising money through Pencils Of Promise to help send 2,500 kids to school for a year!

Back towards the beginning of August my friend Joel over at The Blog Of Impossible Things introduced a crazy new project he’s undertaking – he’s challenged his vast community of readers to help him raise $25k for Pencils Of Promise by the end of 2012!

Reading through his post regarding the impossible challenge, I began to get excited. Not only is Joel raising a world-changing amount of money ($25k will build a school in Guatemala AND proved quality education for 1,000 kids!) he’s challenging readers to undertake impossible goals.

I immediately knew two things – first that I was going to help out, and second what my impossible project would be.

(Hat-Tember day 2)

For the last few months, I’ve been knitting faster and faster, producing quite a large number of hats for charity. It’s been so amazing to see just how many hats I can actually get off the needles, but I’ve missed the challenge aspect I had with the One Hundred Hats project I finished two years ago.

Quietly I’ve wondered if I could complete a “hat a day” project – knit or crochet one hat every single day for one full month. I’ve been excited about the idea, but quite scared at the amount of time and dedication something like this would mean.

And then Joel challenged his readers to do impossible things for the sake of getting some kids a decent education.


During the month of September, I am crocheting a hat a day and documenting it on my blog She Makes Hats! I’ll be donating the hats to the Chicago Food Pantry, and will be asking folks to sponsor the hats as a way to raise money for Pencils Of Promise. Hat-tember 2012 will be epic to be sure!

(Hat-tember day 4)

The basics of this challenge are simple enough – using one crochet pattern, my stash yarn, and a lot of determination, I’m crocheting up and sharing on the blog one hat each day in September.

Each hat is sized to fit a teenager through adult so I can wear it for photos, and I’ve enlisted Zach (my amazing husband) to help me take photos as much as possible.

(Hat-Tember day 5)

On top of sharing each hat that I make, each day’s hat will be available for sponsorship – this is my way of raising money for Pencils Of Promise. As I share each hat on my blog She Makes Hats, there is also the option to sponsor the hat for just $25 – the cost of a year of education for a child!

I’m just about a week into my project, and I couldn’t be more pumped … I’m on track with my hats and folks have already donated over $200! There is still a lot of crocheting to be done in September, but I’m confident that if I continue on with the pace I’ve currently set for myself, I’ll sail into the 30th with 30 hats crocheted and $750 raised to help send kids to school for a year!

Click through to She Makes Hats and look for the ‘Donate Now’ button to sponsor a hat!

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