September In Sentences

September 29, 2014

knitting sweaters for my babies, and so happy with how they're turning out.

snuggling a baby with a cold and several teeth popping out at the same time.

building shake-shake bridges every day.

drawing Thomases on repeat, complete with coal tenders and troublesome cars.

crocheting Impossible Hats as fast as orders are coming in.

reading An Abundance of Katherines in every spare moment I can find.

cooking in the crock pot at least once a week.

celebrating the first birthday of sweet Fiona, Lou's best friend.

watching football, football, and more football.

catching both baby kittens born under our porch recently, along with the mama cat, AND one of the adult boy cats as well!

overwhelmed by the number of people talking about my 10,000 Hats project.

driving to the Goodwill on repeat as I pare down like my life depends on it.

wearing the same grey shirt and ripped jeans on repeat, and loving it.

working on a fun (and big, and scary) project for 2015.

writing as many hat patterns as I can before Colin comes to town for a marathon photo session.

celebrating the coming of fall and the holidays.

Impossible Hats Send Kids To School

September 26, 2014

I'm so excited to share some of the photos my friend Casie took of the Impossible Hats on Thursday. She swung on by my house late in the morning and we powered through all 15 hats with enough time to get hopped up on coffee before she had to pick up her youngest from pre-school.

I'm so thankful to have such talented friends, friends who jump on board without pay to help me out when I get super excited and passionate about something. And to say I'm super passionate about the Impossible Hats project is quite an understatement.

I was passionate about Pencils Of Promise back in 2012, when I undertook Hat-Tember 2012 and raised $750 in one month to help build a school. A school that cost just $25,000 to not only build, but furnish and completely equip, including paying a teacher for a full year.

I took on that challenge in 2012 when I learned that it cost just $25 to send a child to school for an entire year. JUST TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS.

This time around, I'm asking folks to help Pencils Of Promise again, in a different way. Rather than sponsor hats as I make them, I'm asking you to buy a hat. Yes, I'm charging $40 a hat, which feels like a lot of money. But for every Impossible Hat sold, I will donate $30 to Pencils Of Promise. That's more than enough to send a child to school for a year.

This means that your hat purchase will send a child to school. Children with no access to education, children who are desperate for the type of learning our children get every day. 

I know a lot of you reading are knitters and crocheters, folks who can make your own hats for far less than $40. But I ask you to consider buying a hat anyhow, for yourself or for someone else. I'm asking you to consider supporting my impossible goal to raise $5,000 between now and the end of the year, a goal that will send 200 kids to school.

You can buy an Impossible Hat in the She Makes Hats shop from now through the end of the year. Hats featured in this post are Glacier Bay, Denali, Redwood, and Grand Canyon. 15 total colors are available.

Welcome Unconventional Readers!

September 25, 2014

Today is quite the day in SMH-land! I just got done doing a photo shoot for all the Impossible Hats (pictures will be both here and in the shop shortly!), and then came inside to discover my feature on Chris Guillebeau's website had gone live!

To all of you headed over here from Chris' site, welcome! I'm excited to have you all stop by my online home, poke around, and get to know both me and my quest a bit better.

It's such a gift to have friends who are doing amazing things with their lives, and Chris is definitely one of those friends. Not only did he recently finish up visiting every country in the world, he inspires folks daily through is website, and hosts yearly conferences that connect folks together! Amazing!!

In his most recent book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life, I had the pleasure of being featured for a nano-second, as the book discusses quests. I was honored to be included, and blown away when Chris contacted me to see if I'd be interested in doing a more in-depth interview on his website. Of course I said yes!!

I've been making hats almost exclusively since 2009, and some days I forget that what I'm doing is a bit unconventional. It's become so natural to me to grab yarn and needles as I head out on my day, it's such a treat to be reminded that what I'm doing is fun and special, and worth writing about.

For those of you who have been here already, whether for a day or a year or even more, I'd love for you to swing by Chris' site and check out my interview ...

One Lifetime, 10,000 Hats: Robyn Devine's Ambitious Project

And I'd love for you to consider purchasing an Impossible Hat. Don't forget, the first 20 orders will get a free copy of Chris' latest book - so not only are you helping build schools, and give a hat to someone in need, you're getting a hat AND a free book! Such a deal!!

Impossible Hats and the 777 Project

September 22, 2014

Impossible Hats

Last week I told you about my friend Joel's big goal - he's running 7 ultra marathons on 7 continents, to raise $175k to build 7 schools. He's called it the 777 Project, and has been asking folks to join in on the fun.

For my part, I'm going to be selling Impossible Hats in the She Makes Hats Shop starting October 1st, and will be donating $30 from each hat purchase towards the 777 Project - with my own goal of raising $5,000 to help build some schools!

Above you can see the hats in all fifteen available colors. I'm going to be getting photos taken of each of these hats next Sunday morning (coffee will factor in big here, I'm pretty sure), and then unless something terrible happens, the hats will be in the She Makes Hats Shop on October 1.

The hats are made with 100% vegan-friendly acrylic yarn that's so soft and cushy I have actually rubbed these hats lovingly against my face a few times. This also means they are washer/dryer safe, which is a must in my house!

The hats are 10" tall, so they have a bit of slouch to them, and measure 18" circumference, which means everyone from our three year old son to my husband can wear them. They stretch to fit perfectly, but don't get a stretched out look to them, if that makes sense.

I love that there's colors for both men and women, and for both kids and adults - you can outfit pretty much everyone you know with a hat this fall and winter with the Impossible Hats!

Hats will cost $40 each, but with $30 going to help build schools and the rest going to pay for yarn and shop fees, I'm actually not making a penny on these hats. Well, maybe like a dollar, but the goal here is not for me to make money, but to get some schools built!

I'll share some sneak peeks of the hats again once Casie and I get together and get some good shots of them on my head, so look for those next week!

My goal is to raise the full $5,000 before the end of the year - that means I'll need to sell almost 200 hats in just 3 months. That's quite a lot of hats and hat-making for me this fall, but I'm super excited to watch as the hats fly out of the shop, to make trips to the post office on repeat as I mail the finished hats out, and to overwhelm the folks at the yarn shops as I shop relentlessly for more and more hat yarn!

I'd love for you to consider buying a hat this fall to help me reach my goal, and I'd super extra love it if you'd share about this charitable project with everyone you know! Thanks, and happy first day of fall!!

Before 40

September 16, 2014

Tomorrow is September 17, 2014. It will be exactly 1,000 days until my 40th birthday.

I used to make more life lists, birthday lists, all sorts of lists. And then I had kids, and my lists took on a much more day-to-day look – groceries we needed, baby items to grab at Target, what to pack for our family visits to Chicago, etc. About two weeks ago, I realized not only did I no longer have an official Life List written down anywhere, I had no big goals for the next chunk of my life, excepting my 10,000 hats quest. For someone who has always loved having multiple goals and lists going at a time, this felt foreign, and more than a little sad.

So I’m remedying this, in large fashion. I’ve made a list of things I want to accomplish in the next 1,000 days. My hope is to have a life full of new experiences and completed mini-goals as I blow out my candles on my 40th birthday. I’ll document these here on the blog, of course, with more or less words depending on the goal.

Many of these goals I'll also document on Instagram, with hashtags used to help me keep track of it all.

Here’s my goals:
  1. Get to 1500 hats donated.
  2. Knit through the wool stash for nest: Maine.
  3. Use up my leftover bits of yarn. Once leftovers are used up the first time, never have more than the glass jar of leftovers before I make scrap hats.
  4. Knit one sweater for each of us. Zach. Robyn. Owen. Lou.
  5. 25 hot yoga classes.
  6. Live in the home where we'll have our kids' high school graduation parties.
  7. Insta-Life book for each year (including finishing the one for 2013).
  8. Read 100 books..
  9. Knitting tattoo.
  10. Take Owen on a "real" train (not the one at the zoo).
  11. Buy only sweatshop-free clothes, and only do this as my clothes wear out. Minimalist signature style for the win.
  12. Get a passport. Travel somewhere that uses said passport.
  13. Go on an adults-only vacation with friends.
  14. Get my teaching certificate. 
  15. Donate 25 large priority flat rate boxes full of hats to various charities.
  16.  Stand on the bridge where Iowa and Nebraska touch.
  17. Give up all birthdays/holidays/occasions for presents to Charity: Water.
  18. Finish the 40 Golden Pear hats.
  19. Impossible Hats goal met.
  20. Finish getting my teeth taken care of.
  21. Watch 10 documentaries.
  22. Write 15 letters to Hababo. 1/40 done.
  23. Sponsor a second child.
  24. Take Lou to her first football game.
  25. Toes in the ocean.
  26. Donate blood 10 times.
  27. Honeymoon. Finally.
  28. Read three chapter books to Owen.
  29. Men's hats pattern book.
  30. Kid's hats pattern book.
  31. 10 real push-ups.
  32. Hat-tember project again, this time knitted hats.
  33.  Learn about humanism.
  34. Try every flavor of Baskin Robbins ice cream.
  35. Library cards for the whole family.
  36. Try 25 new beers.
  37. Practice public gratitude for 30 days (at least).
  38. Donate baby hats to the hospital Grandma Corwin used to donate to.
  39. Get our will in order.
  40.  Watch the kids eat chicago-style pizza for the first time.
  41. Stitch dictionary hats.

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