that Warm Hands collect get sent to children in very
remote communities. These locations experience
very long, cold winters and tend to have short, cool
Wool/animal fiber is preferred. However, for
blankets we accept both wool and acrylic
items. Please label your items so they
will be washed appropriately.
Please focus on larger sizes.
- Babies born in these communities are 10
pounds or heavier.
- Children tend to be husky.
- Baby blankets should be 35 inches square or
Items should be made with a focus on coverage
and warmth. Solid stitches, long sleeves,
ear flaps on hats, tall socks, etc. See
the Patterns page
or our Ravelry
group for pattern ideas.
Please try and avoid white or very light colours
since they show dirt very easily.
Please use scrap yarn to tie socks and mittens
Please label items with washing
instructions. If you feel comfortable,
also include your name/city. This helps
create a connection with the recipient. We
at home paper labels that you can use to
tag your items. We currently have updated
labels to celebrate the contributions of Pat from Des
Moines who passed away in early April.
If you attach a note that an item is 'Hand Wash
Only" and the item is a sweater, vest or
blanket, we will sew in a tag before we send the
item off. If you want to order tags
yourself and add them to items before donating
them to us, you can obtain them from the MountainStreetArts
Note: In the
past members of the Ravelry group have created group
blankets. People donate 10 inch squares
(knit or crochet) and one member seams them together
and adds an edging. If you would like to
donate squares towards our next campaign, please
look for a topic about a group baby blanket on our Ravelry group.
- Neck warmers (no scarves please) Note:
We always get tons of hats and very few neck
- Baby blankets (35 inches square or larger
- Lapghans for the community elders
- Toys (hand made, not store bought
please. Hand made items are more durable)