To raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart disease, the most common type of birth defect in the U.S., volunteers for the American Heart Association (AHA) are celebrating American Heart Month by knitting red hats for all babies born at Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals in February 2015.
The project is called "Little Hats, Big Hearts." The AHA, and Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals are inviting knitters and crocheters to participate by donating finished baby hats (in newborn and preemie sizes) and/or yarn.
The completed hats and donated yarn must be red, cotton or acrylic, medium to heavy weight, and machine washable and dryable. Hats should not be made with buttons or bows because they pose a danger to babies.
Hats and yarn should be dropped off at Edward Hospital - North or South Lobby Information Desk, 801 S. Washington St., Naperville and Elmhurst Hospital - Main Entrance Guest Services Desk, 155 E. Brush Hill Rd., Elmhurst. The deadline is January 15, 2015.
For more information, visit www.heart.org/littlehatsbighearts.
To the left is the actual hat I made. I purchased the little basket from The Woolen Yurt, 1435 N Kennard Rd W, New Castle, IN 47362. My knitting friend, Lynda Wilkinson, recently opened this shop. www.thewoolenyurt.com The basket is a Fair Trade item handwoven in village co-ops in Ghana, West Africa. Handle is reinforced with rubber from a recycled bicycle tire.