In 2008, Save the Children’s launched their Knit One Save One campaign, for which people were asked to knit a hat for children in countries where child mortality is a massive problem, and to send a message to the UK and US governments to invest money to reduce preventable child mortality.
The hats kept coming. More and more arrived, and the head office of Save the Children had to transform the basement into a hat sorting station.
To me, it demonstrated the generosity of people, particularly crafters, and the very strong link between those who decide to make things by hand and those who will give to charity.
When it came to celebrating Save the Children’s 90th anniversary in 2009, there was no question that this celebration had to also celebrate the contribution of so many knitters to the Child Survival Campaign.
I decided that I would put together a book of knitting and crochet hat patterns to celebrate Save the Children's work and fundraise a bit while doing so. The idea for A Hat in Time was born.
Thanks to the community on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/), even more generosity was found. This time, knitters all over the world donated patterns for this book. I would like to thank them wholeheartedly because without their donation, this book would never have been.
The book also includes photos and case stories taken from real work that Save the Children undertakes around the world, with a look back into the history of what Save the Children has done and achieved in the last 90 years.
All profits from the sale of this book will of course be donated to the vital and ongoing work of Save the Children. We will only rest once the rights of the child have become a reality across the world. Much more work is needed, and this work needs money, dedication, time and commitment. So thank you for buying this book. With it, you make your very own contribution to realising our vision.
As of today, A Hat in Time is available for purchase as an e-book at £5 on Lulu, £4 of which will go directly to Save the Children's vital work on ending child poverty. You can also buy the ebook on Ravelry, for $10 with an even greater share going directly to Save the Children's work.
You can also get a limited print run copy for £7.50 per copy plus postage, by clicking on the Add to Cart button.
Can I also ask for your help to promote A Hat in Time wherever you can - feel free to grab image and text from this blog. Thank you!