October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 02, 2017
Help us support Handmade Especially for You deliver comfort scarves to abused women in 70 California shelters this holiday season.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that domestic violence in our country is not declining.  Here are some staggering facts:
One in every 3 women in CA experiences intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking some time during her life. 
About 35% of these women are pregnant. Domestic violence during pregnancy is the biggest cause of birth defects. 
In CA, on a single day, domestic violence shelters serve almost 5,800 women and children; that means in a year, there are 2,157,000 seeking the protection of a shelter. 
The organization Handmade Especially for You, founded by Leslye Borden in 2008, has a goal to distribute 3000 scarves to California shelters in time for their holiday parties.

From Handmade Especially for You: 

"We understand that the items we make cannot solve or cure the negative impact of domestic violence on the women and children who experience it.  We hope our comfort scarves will alleviate some of the terrible pain domestic violence causes.  The comfort scarves for the women and the hats we make for the kids are a START.  They help the women and children know we care about them.  They lift their spirits, raise their self-esteem, and give them hope that someday they may have a life without abuse.  Directors at the almost 70 shelters we serve use these hopeful moments to encourage women to begin the education and therapy that will help them live an abuse-free life."

To support the 2017 holiday season, we'll be collecting scarves through November 5, 2017.

(note: while the organization also distributes hats to the shelters, scarves are most in need). 

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Period of Purple Crying Caps Campaign

August 14, 2017

Crying Caps Campaign

THANK YOU to all of you that contributed purple hats for the Crying Caps Campaign! The hats were shipped off September 29 for distribution to hospitals in Nov/Dec. If you've completed hats but couldn't bring them in on time, don't worry. Bring them in! We'll collect them for our favorite local charity Knitting Pals by the Bay. Thank you all again!


We would love your support for the Period of Purple Crying Caps Campaign!

According to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS), the leading trigger for infant abuse is frustration with infant crying. The Period of Purple is the period of time when infant crying increases, beginning when babies are about two weeks old, peaking in month two and ending around months 3 to 5. 

The Click for Babies Period of Purple Crying Caps Campaign is a public education campaign that will distribute handmade caps made in all shades of purple, along with a video, booklet and bedside information to hospitals to give to new parents.

It's easy to get involved!

Pick out a newborn size baby cap pattern. It's important that the hats are for a newborn size. The average newborn head circumference is 14" and hats should be approximately 4-6" high. Click here for free hat patterns for both knit and crochet. 

Select yarn that is at least 50% purple, soft to the touch and machine-washable/dryable. You can use multiple colors in the cap but please make sure at least 50% of the cap is purple in color. We have lots of choices of yarn!  Here are just a few examples:  


 Uptown Worsted:

Encore Worsted:

Encore Worsted

Worsted Merino Superwash:

Worsted Merino Superwash

If you like working with thinner yarns, there is: 

Uptown Baby Sport

Uptown Baby Sport

Uptown DK

Uptown DK

Having trouble choosing? The staff is always ready to help! 

Drop off your completed cap(s) to the shop by September 29, 2017.  We're shipping them to the distribution center on September 30.  Caps will be distributed to hospitals in November and December. 

Have questions? Click here for more information. 

Photos courtesy of Click for Babies


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April is Autism Awareness Month

April 04, 2017
April is National Autism Awareness Month to promote awareness and acceptance of autism. 
The puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition.
In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, we'd like to introduce Ryan, Allison's nephew. Isn't he a cutie? 
Allison's brother John, sister-in-law Sarah and Ryan live with autism daily. 
Our wonderful community of knit and crochet designers have come up with many patterns to bring awareness to autism. Check out this beautiful Puzzle Scarf by Issa Garrison

It's made in Tunisian crochet  and uses worsted weight yarn. It's a free pattern - click here for the link. Check out other great patterns that help promote autism awareness on Ravelry
Also check out the Autism Society for more information on how you can help to promote autism awareness and acceptance. 
Photo of Autism Ribbon courtesy of the Autism Society
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100 Knockers Workshops

March 20, 2017

We'd like to donate 100 Knockers for distribution in the Bay Area by October and we need your help!

What are Knockers? 

Knitted Knocker

From the Knitted Knockers website: 

"Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can't be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. Our special volunteer knitters provide these free to those requesting them. Knitted knockers can be adjusted to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing."

To help support our goal of goal of 100 Knockers we are offering a series of "100 Knockers Workshops".  During this workshop, our fabulous teacher Judy will  help you get started and complete a Knocker. We have classes for both knitted and crocheted knockers. 

100 Knockers Workshop, Knit version (on DPNs, Magic Loop or Flat) 

Saturday, April 29, 11:00am to 1:00pm
Sunday, June 25 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Saturday, August 12 11:00am to 1:00pm 

100 Knockers Workshop, Crochet Version

Saturday, May 27 11:00am to 1:00pm
Sunday, July 23 11:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, September 9 11:00am to 1:00pm 
The cost for the class is proof of donation in 2017 to Knitted Knockers.  Click here for the link.


Advance registration is required.  

Please note:  You MUST know how to knit or crochet.  This is not a how to knit or how to crochet class. 

Clover locking stitch markers 
Copy of the pattern (click below for the pattern):
We hope you can help us meet our goal!
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In Honor of Veterans Day......

November 11, 2016

We'd like to recognize a special veteran - Allison's brother-in-law, Chuck. 

captain Chunk

Chuck is a Retired Captain, US Navy Seal and served for 27 years all over the world, including multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Knit Your Bit

In honor of our Veterans, we are now a drop off location for Knit Your Bit, a service project of The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Knit Your BIt has distributed 50,000 scarves to veteran's centers, hospitals and service organizations across the country. The scarves can be knit or crochet.  There are patterns available on the Knit Your Bit website but you can also use any pattern of your choice. Please include care and washing instructions with the scarf.  A card with your name and state adds a nice touch too!  

You can drop off your scarves at the shop and we'll send them off.  Thank you for supporting those that have served our country!

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