the what and the why

I've been a knitter since I was 19. 20? I know I couldn't drink legally yet, still lived in Chicago, and worked in an office.

A friend and I went to Denny's one day, and she taught me the basics of knitting - cast on, knit and purl. She handed me some yarn and needles, and I got busy ... and never looked back!

A few years ago, I decided to try to live a  more remarkable life and set a goal to knit One Hundred Hats for charity in a years' time. I met that goal, and continued knitting for charity like mad. But I missed the challenge ... and I missed the hats!

So I'm beginning again, on January 1, 2012. This time I'm setting the goal a bit higher, and making the reach a bit broader:

I aim to knit and give away 10,000 hats in my lifetime for friends, family, and charity.

I have blogged about many other things, and in many other spaces. And for many different reasons. This time it's for me - a way to honor my goal, a way to track my progress, and a way to document a life lived with hats always on the needles,


  1. Very cool idea! I can't wait to see your progress!

  2. You are quite an inspiration! I've read your blog for a while now and am happy to report that yesterday I finished up my 100th square to send off to knit-a-square for the year (which I learned about on your blog), along with my friend's 40-something hats! Thanks for all of the great information you've passed along. Happy New Year's!

  3. I've been following your other blog and am happy you have found your 'focus' here! 10,000 hats is a huge goal but I'm sure you will meet it. You have inspired me to set goals with the little bit of knitting I do. Looking forward to more posts!

  4. What a wonderful goal! What charity do you donate your hats to?

  5. shannon - i try to share in my posts which charities the hats will be going to!

  6. My 20 year old daughter who died leukemia, and lost all of her beautiful hair was on the receiving end of wonderful people such as yourself. Believe me it is a labor of love that touches many many hearts <3 Thank you :)

  7. GO ROBYN GO! You have the biggest heart, and the greatest goals. I am behind you 100% of the way, and will happily follow your hat adventures. You are a very productive and inspiring lady. Keep knitting, and keep writing your fabulous blog! Katie. xxx

  8. I just came across your blog and it is very inspiring to say the least !

    I would love to get a hold of one of your hats, whether purchasing one, donating money to a charity you support , or whatever else !

    Do you do personalized hats? Perhaps I could purchase a custom hat made by you, to support a personal cause, to help around the world...which I what I am trying to do !

    Awesome blog, I will be following, and wish you luck on your adventure !


  9. Wow! I love to knit hats and I do knit for charity but whoa - that's a lot of hats. Best of luck to you.


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