Harriet’s Hat and Headband: A Win-Win-Win project!

Join us in our July/August knitalong
to learn (or practice) fair isle knitting
for good cause!

Harriet Middleton, a resident of Shetland, volunteered her knitting as a way to help raise funds for the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal.  (The quick version: the community hospital in Shetland doesn’t have an MRI scanner, so residents must make a long trip off-island whenever they need this test.  Some intrepid nurses at the hospital have started a fundraiser so they can buy their own MRI machine, and save their patients the stressful trip, missed work, last-minute childcare – all the things we take for granted when we can hop in a car and get to our doctor on the same day.)

Harriet’s son Billy painstakingly captured the details in a pattern we can all enjoy knitting.  So we get a great pattern, learn Fair Isle AND get a jump on our gift knitting, some special someones get awesome knitted gifts, and the Scanner Appeal gets closer to its goal.  How cool is that?

Here’s how this knitalong will work:

1) Get your pattern right from the MRI Makers:  Click to buy the HAT or HEADBAND pattern.

2) Choose your yarn colors in 2-ply.  We’ve put THIS BUNDLE of 6 skeins together for you – they’re the Morehouse version of the colors used in the original Harriet’s Hat and Harriet’s Headband.  This much yarn will make you at least 4 hats or headbands, depending on the color distribution you choose.  So while it’s an investment, it’s several holiday gifts for less than $20 a piece.  And we’ve got a special for this bundle:  buy 5, get the 6th for free (you’ll see the special price already applied).

If you want to choose other colorways, go right ahead!  Enter coupon code MRI at checkout and you’ll get the same deal when you buy 6 or more skeins.

It’s a good time to stock up – and for every skein of 2-ply sold this month, we’ll donate a dollar to the Scanner Appeal ourselves.  We’ve been blessed with the right combination of sun and rain these past 3 weeks, so I’m pleased to be able to put some hay money toward this while the sheep are eating good pasture.

Or, look at our FREE SPIRIT skein packs here – oddballs and broken skeins at a fantastic price.

Want to try it in just 2 colors to make things less complicated?  That’s how I did my swatch (see below – scroll to the end), whatcha think?

3) Join our knitalong group at www.Facebook.com/groups/MorehouseFarm.  We have daily work goals, how-to videos, and this time, a special guest star instructor!  Ted Partridge (you might know him from the Craft Yarn Council video “Humans that Yarn“) is a member of our knitalong group who left his home at midnight to get to our very first Open Farm Day.  He’s an accomplished knitting instructor and Tour d’Sock veteran and graciously said yes when I asked for help while my tendinitis heals.  A giant THANK YOU Ted!

-> Don’t do Facebook?  You can try our newest version of a knitalong by visiting this post on our blog regularly for the day’s work and to comment with pictures, questions, and whatever else is on your mind.

Glad to have you with us – we cast on July 26!


P.S.  Here are a few other color combinations I happened upon…

And two-color version (my swatch) in plum and natural soft white: