And not just any yarn. The thicker the yarn the better. The bolder the colors, the better. Also needed are some neutral hair-colored yarns such as brown, burgundy, red and blonde, but NOT grays, pastels, gray-blues or whites unless they are special (sparkly, glittery, fluffy)
My friend and hair-flair gal extraordinaire could use your help for a project she’s doing for chemo recipients at The Children’s National Medical Center. Her request is below, but before I post that, let me tell you where you can mail your yarn donation:
Hair Flair for Hope
PO Box 7660
Washington, DC 20044-7660.
Many of you are aware of my costuming endeavors and that I make yarn & ribbon wigs for dancers, costume-wearers and women looking for a unique yet temporary beautiful look. Recently, I decided to focus all of my energy on a charitable purpose: making fun yarn wigs for kids, teens and young women who have lost their hair to chemotherapy. Last week, The Children’s Hopsital (now called the Children’s National Medical Center) has asked to be the recipient of my wigs. Now I must crank out a large number of hand-crafted wigs in short order for the holidays. In the spring, when flu season is behind us The CNMC can open their doors to visitors, I will be bringing wig-making workshops directly to the kids. Since this project is 100% non-funded, labor intensive and will be ongoing, I’m relying on the good will of friends, neighbors and knitters to help me! Should you wish to get involved, here are a few no-cost ways that you can get involved:
1. SUPPLIES NEEDED: I need yarns of all types and textures. With the exception of a few colors, such as gray, white, cream, pastels and non-vibrant blues), I can use it! Bold colors (purples, reds, greens, oranges, bright pinks), fun yarn (glittery, variegated colors, etc…) and natural colors (browns, tans, burgundies, rusts, purples) are most useful and in shorter supply. Knitters, partial skeins or unmatched dye lots are welcome.
2. TIME NEEDED: I need help assembling the wigs. It is my goal to make 50 wigs by 12/15. Please join me for a fun and worthy exchange. I’ll teach you a new skill (the crazy art of wig-making out of mixed fibers) and you will make a wig out of the materials I have on hand to leave behind as a donation for someone who has lost their hair to chemotherapy. I’ll be hosting three wig-making workshops on the following dates:
Sunday 11/29 10:30am – 2:30pm
Sunday 12/13 4pm – 8pm
3. SPREAD THE WORD: If you do not have any yarn on hand to donate and do not have the time to come make a wig, perhaps you are willing to spread the word to others? If you work in an organization that runs a charitable drive for supplies, you could ask your co-workers or customers to donate their unwanted yarn.
Please consider joining me for one of these workshops. Please RSVP so I know how many people to expect. All you need to bring is yourself and pair of scissors. I will have everything else on hand. I will keep you full and happy (pizza and brownies are on me).