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hats for haiti

Posted 4/9/2010 3:46pm by Catskill Merino.


Thanks Laurie for knitting a Hat for Haiti: it's big to cover the neck & ears with a chin strap.  As the weather  warms and becomes un-hatlike here, and the dangerous rains begin in Haiti—to be timely—I made a donation, "From the sheep of Catskill Merino and the knitters of Hats for Haiti"  to  the Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organization (JP HERO), set up by Sean Penn to bring relief to the Haitian people quickly and effectively.

Why JP HERO?  Simply because when CNN's Anderson Cooper interviewed Penn last night, he was in Haiti and not somewhere else.   His concern is hands on, like knitting hats is hands on

Thanks to all of you, Anne-Katrin, Ien, Galen and everybody else.

Posted 3/26/2010 7:54am by Catskill Merino.

Hats for Haiti have been knit with Catskill Merino yarn—and they're beautiful—thank you all.  We are accepting best offers at the stand and here online (email your bid); we will send all the proceeds to a charity working in Haiti (TBA) in the name of the bidders, the knitters and the sheep. 

Last week, I watched CNN's Anderson Cooper interview Sean Penn in Haiti who warned of the secondary crisis coming with the rainy season that has just begun. 

Mud, mud, mud everywhere; many Haitians have no tents, just tarps over bare earth. Food and medicine are still in limited supply. 

This disaster is ongoing—we will do whatever we can to help—the weekend will be cold, good hat weather.





Posted 2/16/2010 7:28pm by Catskill Merino.

Hello Laurie, Anne-Katrin, Caroline, Jacqueline, Galen et al

Thank you for being brave hearts and contributing captions to the BEK photo; other readers have told me they will make hats for Haiti but coming up with a caption was hard for them to do, even for me.   And yes, it's really about Haiti.

Please email me your postal addresses and I'll gladly send you the promised yarn; we'll put your knittings up for sale in the stand as you finish them.  Tell me of your favorite charities too.  My father worked for the Red Cross.

CNN has been covering Haiti while the other networks seem to slowly ignore the continuing pain as time goes on.  TV correspondents in Haiti have been concerned about their viewers switching to the Winter Olympics now underway; and  warning that international aid and medical personal will be called home before the crisis is over.  Our help will arrive when it's needed most: when the world has moved on to other interests.  What else can we do.



PS: caption or not, if you want to knit a hat for Haiti, or know someone who does, email me your postal address and I'll happily send you a skein of yarn.

Posted 2/10/2010 12:44pm by Catskill Merino.

When I saw this shot in Lightroom, I realized these two rams (walking side by side, heads down) look like they'd been drawn by Bruce Eric Kaplan (BEK) for a cartoon in The New Yorker

Then I had to come up with a caption and I'm not very good at that so maybe you can help me.

Hats for Haiti

Get a free skein of worsted yarn to knit or crochet at hat when you suggest a caption to the photo above. We'll sell the hats you make at the stand and send all the money to a  worthy charity in Haiti in the name of the knitters, the buyers and the sheep.  

The work of rebuilding Haiti has just begun; they need our help now.

Click the "Add a comment" link below to leave your caption; I'll  contact you and  provide you with a skein of yarn for free.


It's 10 AM, Wednesday.  It just started to snow.  It's  relatively warm, just below freezing; this is a wet, Spring snow with 6 more inches expected.  The wind picks up as the day wears on; most of the snow should blow away on the flat where the flock is quartered for the winter. 

The sheep have 3'' of fleece.  They are warm and their wool protects them from the wind.  We will shear the flock on March 1, 2 & 3, two weeks before lambing begins.