In Review: She Makes Hats + *GIVEAWAY*

As knitters, we each have a story. Something inspires us to try knitting. Then we find a drive to continue knitting. Before you know it, the term ‘knitter’ is one with which we identify. She Makes Hats is one such story, the story of Robyn Devine and how she found joy & purpose in knitting hats.

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She Makes Hats takes us on a journey of discovery. It all begins when Devine is introduced to knitting by a friend in the early ’90s. As knitters do, she begins dabbling with projects over the following few years. Then one day in August of 2009, fueled by a desire to nourish her creative side, to give herself a challenge, to make a charitable contribution, and — in all honesty — partly on a whim, she decided to knit 100 hats in a year. She launched a blog to document her One Hundred Hats project.  And as they say, the rest is history. She has tirelessly knit hats since.

It is almost hard to comprehend exactly how many hats have found their way onto and off of the needles of this one woman.  She hit her goal of 100hats in a year and continues to exceed her goals to this day. For many of us, it is even more inconceivable that the vast majority of the hats she has made have been donated to charity. Hospitals, homeless shelters, the armed forces, children’s foster programs, and international charities as far away as Africa have received the beautiful handiwork of this one knitter. To see one knitter knit so much, so selflessly is inspiration. Pure and simple. Consequently, her work has done just that: inspired others to take up charitable knitting as well.

Beyond the scope of the charitable work & the sheer volume of her hat knitting, what I found most wonderful about this book was that Devine wove the story of her knitting throughout her life. She recalls memories of her preemie brother who spent time in the hospital donning little handmade hats. Her knitting was present when she married and started her own family and along with her charitable knitting over the years she of course kept the heads of all her friends and family (and their children) warm. Through each up & down, every joy & challenge, Robyn Devine had her knitting in hand and continued her steadfast mission to keep heads warm. Knitting in hand through thick & thin is a concept to which I think all of us who identify with the term ‘knitter’ can relate thus making She Makes Hats an enjoyable, relatable read.

I am happy to share that I will be giving away one e-copy of She Makes Hats to celebrate its official launch next week. Simply comment below for your chance to win a copy of this wonderful book!  Entries will be accepted through 8am CDT Tuesday, April 29th, 2014.

The book will also be available for purchase on the same date — Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 — from Asymmetrical Press.

I encourage you to check out this lovely book. Those who don’t win the giveaway can find either either directly through the publisher or on Amazon. If you should find yourself inspired to do so, do check out Robyn Devine’s website, She Makes Hats. On it you will find her blog, more about her story, and links to worldwide charitable organizations that accept knitted items. You will also find a number of her own original patterns, many of which are free downloads.

Remember to comment below for your chance to win an e-copy of Hats & enjoy exploring the amazing achievements of this wonderful knitter!

dusty-blue-beanie-3-1024x682Many thanks to Robyn Devine for permission to use her photos for this post (isn’t his little babe & hat adorable?!).

Also, many thanks for Asymmetrical Press for the advance copy of this book.

23 responses to “In Review: She Makes Hats + *GIVEAWAY*

  1. Knitting hats has always a favorite of mine also, instant gratification! It is so great that she donates most, its the best way of sharing love.

  2. Such an inspiring story and another great way to feed my knitting addiction;). I would love to read more!

  3. What an amazing and inspirational story. My knitting friends were just expressing the desire to do more charitable knitting, perhaps this will propel us to action! Can’t wait to read more!

  4. I would love to read and create with this book. Hats were the first project I stretched my knitting skills with. Thanks

  5. Love following Robyn’s blog – and thrilled to be a co-coordinator of one of the 40 global Hats for Hope Initiative spin-offs. Robyn’s patterns are always a pleasure to knit. Would love to read more!

  6. Thank you for all the wonderful blogs of this nature that introduce us to such wonderful people and knitters…including yourself!!

  7. Such an amazing story and Robyn is very inspirational…Thank you Sarah for this chance to win…..

  8. Wonderful story! I would love a chance to win this book and knit up a few of these patterns myself. It’s always great to have more hat patterns to choose from!

  9. Knitters are so inspirational and the stories that people have to share add so much to our craft. I feel sorry for those that do not knit and share our secret society.

  10. Joining the Sock KAL has opened my eyes to all sorts of possibilities within and without, and this is a very inspiring story. I would love to win a copy but will in any case get to read it. Thanks for yet another opportunity, Sarah

  11. Knitting for charity is a work of love for any knitter. I have started doing that, although my knitting for family and friends is also a work of love as I picture each one wearing what I have made.

  12. Commenting not to enter the giveaway, but to say that what you say about Robyn is true, she inspires others. I have knit many dozens of hats to give away, and while I am not up to her thousands, I keep it up all year long. And because of Robyn, others who knit have sent me hundreds of hats to giveaway at work, it is amazing to me the influence one person can have on the world with a little effort and two sticks.

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