Crochet? Knit? Sew? Join the Team!

If you can crochet, knit or sew you can join Team Yarn! Our mission is to provide the comfort of hats, scarves, shawls and afghans to people who are fighting cancer. 

My mom was diagnosed with Merkel Cell Carcinoma in 2011, and she began chemotherapy in the winter of 2012. We quickly learned that a head without hair grows cold very fast! I began crocheting chemo caps for her right away, as did my sister-in-law, and my mom was also blessed to receive handmade gifts from the cancer support center in her hospital. Each gift was loved and appreciated. It's amazing how meaningful such a simple gift can be.

So, I'm asking you to join me in passing that gift on to others. Team Yarn is a satellite group of Head Huggers, a national organization. We have extended our mission beyond hats, and we invite you to also donate scarves, shawls & afghans. We are in the Minneapolis area, and all items will be distributed to hospitals and local organizations to support cancer patients here in Minnesota.

The guidelines are simple. Items should be...
- handmade
- new
- washable
- free of smoke and pet hair
- wool is OK but not preferred, as it is often an irritant & allergen.

We will have an informal monthly meeting where you can drop off your projects or stay and craft with us

Upcoming Monthly Meeting:

Date: Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Time: Noon-3pm - Stay the whole time or just drop in!

Location: Silverwood Cafe at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MN 
(Click on the link for directions and for the cafe menu.)

Feel free to email with questions or just to let us know you're planning to come:

You can also mail your projects to:
Team Yarn
c/o Amy Pass
2536 18th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404



  • Kathy Kopecky | December 6, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Hello Amy,
    I read with great sadness your posting about your mother's passing. At 57, she was far too young and I am certain that she has left a huge void in your family. These heinous rare cancers need to be the subject of research yet I know from experience that the cancers that are most prevalent get the most attention for fund raising for research. This is logical and I do not intend to make any cancer seem "run of the mill". Cancer is horrible, it is an enemy that strikes without reason and needs to be eradicated. We lost our daughter at age 28, last year to Ocular Melanoma and then 4 months later my husband was diagnosed with MCC, now stage 4.
    I would like to contribute to your Team Yarn. I am not a knitter but my mom is and she would be delighted to contribute, I can't make your meeting in Minnesota because I will be working (I teach high school students with learning differences). Please count me in as a member of your team.
    Again, please accept my thoughts and prayers for your mom.
    Kathy Kopecky

  • Amy | December 7, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    Oh, Kathy, I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. It is impossible to even try to describe how awful cancer is, and it is an outrage to see how it can take someone so young.

    And your husband...I am just so sorry. If you ever want to email me, feel free to use my email address from this site. I'd be interested to know what kind of treatment he is undergoing now, and who he has worked with.

    Did you find us from the MCC google group? Or from facebook? If you're on the google group, I know you're getting lots of information already.

    We'd love to have you as a member of the team! Team Yarn is an ongoing thing. So, whenever you can send items our way, we'll add them to box for that month's donations. (My husband is a high school teacher, too. So, I get how it is to have no time! If you're not too far away, perhaps you want to meet up with us sometime in the summer.)

    Please accept my prayers for you and your family also. My heart is heavy for you.

  • Tesha | December 7, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Kathy - So glad to hear you're joining Team Yarn!! As Amy said, this is just the start of our effort. It will be ongoing, providing a way to battle grief and encourage those fighting the good fight. Let us know if you or your family need anything!!

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