Charity Knit-Along Details

The Chicago knitting and fiber community lost one of our beloved members during the summer of 2014. To honor the memory of our dear friend Wil, we are going to be knitting hats and lap blankets for the Cancer Center at at Swedish Covenant Hospital, where Wil was treated. Details about the knit-along can be found below and in our Ravelry group, and information about the kick-off party can be found on Facebook.

Wil was a beautiful person and an incredible knitter. We will miss Wil deeply.

Join us in the Ravelry group, on Sifu's Facebook page, and on the Event Page to catch all updates!

You've heard me talking about it on the podcast for months, but it's finally time to announce all of the dirty details about the Charity Knit-Along to benefit Swedish Covenant Hospital!

What: We are knitting/crocheting adult-sized hats and lap blankets to donate to the Cancer Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital. 

How: All donated items must be machine-washable, and contain only synthetic (acrylic, nylon, etc.) or plant fibers. No animal fibers allowed. This is to make sure that there are no allergens in the items. Donations may be dropped off or mailed to Sifu Design Studio, see below.

When: The CKAL will run from March 1-April 31. Any item knit during this time and shipped to Sifu is eligible to win one of a MILLION prizes (okay, not actually a million, but those details will be coming soon). 

PRIZES??? Yeah, you heard me. There will be prizes! How do you enter for a prize, you ask? Every 100 yards of yarn in your finished object is an entry into the prize drawing. 

When you are packaging items to send to the donation collection center, include the following information:

  • Your name and Ravelry username if you are on Ravelry
  • Your preferred method of contact (email, phone)  in case you win a prize
  • Whether you would like to be eligible for spinning-related prizes (fiber, spindles, etc.) 
  • Whether or not you live in a dog/cat-friendly home (we will wash these items before donating them)
  • Approximately how many yards of yarn you used to knit each item 

If you are using mystery yarn, or are otherwise unsure of how much yarn is in your project, you can weigh your project and use the following estimation table:

100yds = 20g100yds = 25g100yds = 33g100yds = 50g100yds = 100g

Donation Collection Center

Please send all donations of items to:

Hops and Hanks CKAL
c/o Sifu Design Studio
6054 N Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60660

If you would like to make a monetary donation which will be used to purchase yarn for more hats, please click the Paypal link below.


On Sunday, March 8, Sifu Design Studio will be hosting a Knit-athon in the shop. For a suggested donation of $5 you can join us as we attempt to watch every episode of Firefly in one go. That $5 will also get you a Jayne Cobb hat kit including three colors of worsted- or bulky-weight yarn (not necessarily in the standard orange/yellow/red colors) and a pattern. You must bring your own US7/4.5mm (or US10/6mm) needles. All proceeds from the entry fees will go towards covering the costs of the drive. 

Sifu will provide coffee, tea and popcorn, but please feel free to bring more snacks and drinks to share!

Every other Sunday during the knit-along (March 22, April 5, April 19) join us at Sifu from 2-5pm for more charity knitting shenanigans. A $5 suggested donation will give you access to yarn with which to knit charity items. 

Questions? Please leave a comment on this blog post!