Please join us for the 4th Anniversary Celebration of Team Yarn!

We'd like to pause in our busy lives and consider how many lives Team Yarn has touched since we first came together four years ago, wanting to do something in the wake of Cheryl Slater's death from cancer.

Every person who has contributed, whether big or small, has played such an important role in passing along comfort and hope. As readers of this blog, as people who crochet and knit and sew, as people who pass the word along, as folks who send checks, as people who ship us boxes and drop bags off on door steps, and as regulars at our monthly meet-ups... We want you to know how much we appreciate you!

As always, we'll be at Silverwood Park in New Brighton on the third Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. We'll have a short ceremony at 1:30 p.m., followed by delicious cupcakes from Sweet Retreat. (You don't want to miss these cupcakes!)

Hope to see you there! If you can, please RSVP on our Facebook event page so we can be sure to order the right amount of cupcakes! 

In November, we remember the brave soldiers who have stood tall for our country, and we bring those who are ill hats and lapghans. On Nov. 2016, we brought 47 hats, 14 blankets, one shawl and one cowl.

We always make sure to fashion ample lapghans and blankets, following the advice of Julie Quinn, who worked as the Voluntary Assistant at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis until her death 1 month after our 2015 visit. We want to make sure no one's lap is cold!

Meegan Johnson praised the beauty of the donated items, expressing her thanks on behalf of the VA.

This was our fourth donation to the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. Read more about past donations and the good work done at the VA here.

Hats bound for New York

When a call comes to us that someone is sick and could use a hat, we do what we can. Sometimes we hear about a need through a friend or relative of a Team Yarn team member. Recently, Amy's aunt let us know about someone: the daughter of a dear friend of hers is going though cancer treatment. And so we sent a box off to New York.

Shawl and matching hat by Linda
One of the red hats & one of the red/white/green hats by Linda Krannich were shipped to New York

"You guys came right when it got cold," said Shelly Rollie of the Humphrey Cancer Center in Robbinsdale. "Perfect timing."

We arrived on a chilly winter day on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 with 105 hats, 3 blankets, 1 shawl and 2 cowls.

"Thanks so much!" said Rollie. "You guys are making a lot of people happy and warm."

In March 2016, we dropped off items at the Maple Grove location of the Humphrey Care Center. Read more about that here. The Humphrey Cancer Center, part of North Memorial Hospital, is currently treating or following more than 20,000 people diagnosed with cancer. Hope Chest Breast Center continuously receives a 100% from patient surveyed on their willingness to recommend the care program and site facilities.

52 items in November 2016

In November, it really was too chilly to sit outdoors, so we claimed a spot in the coffee shop at Silverwood to sip, chat and share. You brought in 52 items, including a hat from 11-year-old Jordy! (See related post here.)

Linda Krannich of Vadnais Heights found us by doing a Google search on Chemo Caps and local charities. She found the Head Huggers web site, and from there, our local branch. Linda began making hats when her ex daughter-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. Linda made five of them, but then her daughter-in-law didn't need any more. "I have so much yarn at home," Linda told us when she dropped off a pile of hats. "This is a great way to use it."