Thursday, September 03, 2009

Questions and Answers about the Hat Challenge

Matthew 25:36&40 KJV

"36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me...
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

These came from Land's End this morning and I added a few of my own at the bottom:

How can I knit for the FeelGood campaign?

  1. You can look for a local chapter of Warming Families at or feel free to use your own yarn, download the hat pattern at and submit your contributions to a local homeless shelter or Lands’ End (see contact info below).
  2. You can also find dozens of hat patterns, knit and crochet, here:

  1. I have left over yarn. Can I use it to knit for the campaign?

  1. Yes, feel free to contribute in anyway you can. You can use your yarn to knit hats for the FeelGood campaign.

  1. How can I get FeelGood yarn?

  1. All of the FeelGood yarn is earmarked for knitters working through Warming Families and other local organizations. You can either work through a local Warming Families chapter or feel free to use remnants of your own yarn supply.

  1. When is the deadline to send in completed hats?

A. Our goal is to knit as many hats as possible by December 31, 2009.

Q. Where can I send my completed hats?

A. You can either find a local Warming Families group,


A local homeless shelter If you do this, please report your numbers donated to or submit finished hats to:

Michele Casper

Lands’ End

5 Lands' End Lane

Dodgeville, WI 53595


Q: I can't knit, but I can crochet, is that ok?
A. Knitted, crocheted and loom knitted hats are all fine. Use your own favorite, warm patterns or dozens of free hat patterns are posted here:

Q: Do hats need to be machine washable?
A: Most homeless people don't have access to washing machines, but hats should be at least hand-washable. If you use 100% wool, please be sure hats are felted before sending.

Q: What sizes are needed?
A: Depending on the shelter, all sizes from 6 months through adult will be needed. Most shelters need men's hats the most though.

For sending hats to Bev's Chapter (Southern Nevada Chapter) - I need all sizes, including newborn for the county hospital, but need more teens and adults than anything.

Warming Families c/o Bev Qualheim
PO Box 427
Logandale NV 89021-0427

You can read more about the Southern Nevada Chapter of Warming Families here:

Even one hat will help someone in need of a little warmth and comfort.



LDSVenus said...

This is something I aways want to do, and thought I would have lots more time when my children grew up and had lives of their own, however it doesn't seem to work out that way does it. Divorce, full time work, still helping the kids, callings in church, always more to do than time to do it in. I should be able to semi retire in a couple of years and then that will be on my must do list, to do more to help others who have needs to be met.

Bonnie Rushley said...

Bev, this is off topic sort of. I just want to thank you for just being you and being online. My interior life has been crazy lately. I have been anxious mostly about my job and it's been difficult for me and certainly my hubby. I try not to show I am upset but they can always tell. God love 'em.

I jumped on your blog last night. Just to check in. I hadn't been there in a while. I saw the Hat challenge and almost in an instant I felt "healed" of my inner struggle. I prayed and thanked God and pulled out some yarn and started a hat.

Bottom line Bev, just being able to connect with you helps me be a more Godly woman. Helps me to do what God calls us to do. Help others.

I hope I don't sound like a crazy woman...I really am not...not now.

Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Bonnie Rushley
Columbus, OH

bevq said...

Hi Bonnie
Your letter touched me deeply. I've been in an odd funk lately with our lack of finances too, and today started out so 'down'. Then good things happened with a member of our family, plus your letter.

I don't know, it just gave me renewed hope and renewed ummpph to get these hats made! So many are depending on us.


Bonnie Rushley said...

Bev, I don't have many real friends. My real friends seriously get me back on track with God and encourage me. I try to be a good friend in return. Feel free to email me at anytime.

BTW, my NEW blog is Bonnie's City Cottage. Yea, Im a copy cat. Sorry :-)

bevq said...

Bonnie, I see you are in COlumbus OH. We have a chapter right there!

You can find it listed here:

Bonnie Rushley said...

Yea. The Chapter Area Volunteer lives right down the road from me. It's crazy and we've emailed back and forth a couple of times already. I am going to talk to three local yarn shops and see what we can do with their customer base.

We're on it.

best regards,