Welcome to Hugs For Your Head, where knitting solves everything!
My name is Mary. I'm a writer first, but when I can make time for me, I like making non-wordy things. And I love making things with stitches - whether I'm knitting or sewing them, though knitting is the bigger deal most days.
Knitting can pass the time, it can be a vehicle to show your love, it can keep you warm, it can keep you sane. It can supply you or the people you love with luxurious items you would otherwise never be able to come up with. It can give you a sense of accomplishment when your everyday life, however heroic it really is, just looks ordinary.
And it can help other people, too, when you knit for local hospitals or the military or simply support fiber artists. (Disclaimer: that's the part I'm good at. The shopping.)
So - Hugs For Your Head is about all of that. Making stuff for good. Letting some stitches cheer up your day and keep your brain healthy. And the shopping. Oh - and it's definitely about hats. Because even though you will find a lot of pictures here of socks in progress, I am crazy for hats.
You will find quite a few free patterns at Hugs - for chemo caps, or very fast gifts, or for things I just wanted to give to the terrific people who come and spend time here. (There are also some patterns you have to pay for, but they're so worth it!)
If you're having trouble downloading a free pattern, don't stress. Just e-mail me and let me know which one you wanted. I'll send you the file as soon as I get your note.