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Need a new hat? Take this one.

March 17, 2010

I first met Stacy at Booze & Yarn a few years back. She inspired me and cracked me up the minute we met, and we quickly become good friends. She has a huge heart and this winter she came up with a humble little project that proves that yet again, and I just love it. I hope this project inspires you to follow in her foot steps. I know I’ll be stockpiling knitted hats for next winter to do just that.

I pinned Stacy down to ask her about the project recently via email (as she is on a beach outside of Oaxaca, Mexico) and here was her response:

In February 2010, having just turned in my first book, I was rightfully exhausted.  I’d spent the winter months hunched over my desk in my tiny NYC studio apartment, slogging through the final edit, and dreaming of a) moving to Mexico to live on the beach and b) having time to knit.  I had a trunk full of yarn waiting for me, begging to become elaborate sweaters, but when I sat down to knit one early February night, I discovered I had approximately no brain cells left.  I was struggling to speak in complete sentences and not fall asleep in the middle of conversations, how the hell was I supposed to knit a sweater?

I rummaged through one of the large Mason jars in which I keep my needles and pulled out a crochet hook.  Having learned to knit first, and taught myself to crochet out of a book in an evening, I admit I viewed the latter with a knitter’s snobbery.  I was somewhat embarrassed to be seen at my knitting group working with a single hook while everyone else had shiny things in both hands.  However, that dark winter’s night I had an awakening: crochet was fast and easy, and I had a lot of single skeins of yarn.  I picked up a ball of bright orange Cascade 220 and made a simple double-crochet hat in the time it took to watch a movie.

From then on, I was unstoppable.  I made a double-crochet hat every night.  I gave a few away to the friends who wanted them, but I soon had a few just laying around.  One very cold night I pinned a note to one of them: “Need a warm hat?  Take this one.”  I went downstairs, put it on top of a fire hydrant, and made a deli run.  By the time I came back, the hat was gone.  I averaged a hat a day, left on my street, each with the same note pinned to it.  It was an excellent way to pass the last few stressful weeks in the City, before I gave up my apartment on March 1 and moved to Mexico to live on the beach.

Stacy Pershall’s first book, Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl, will be published by W.W. Norton in January 2011.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Gillian permalink
    August 22, 2011 11:52 am

    this is a very sweet idea 😀 good job!!

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