Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hothead thank you

Hi everyone!
Here's a photo of the Cleveland Heights Senior Center Knitting group, busy making beanies for Burera! This group has knit many warm and adorable hats that are now keeping new babies warm in Rwanda. A huge thank you to all of you!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

From Boston to Burera..

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at my dinner table... sporting beanies ready to be sent to Rwanda!

Much to give thanks for today!

Happy Thanksgiving HotHeads Knitters! There is much to give thanks for this year in Burera, Rwanda - the new hospital is undergoing quick construction, the staff is working hard to bring quality healthcare to the poor community, and... every single newborn is being outfitted with a warm beanie as they come into the world! (1 day old Alexi is posted above) More than a hundred babies a month are sporting your beanies, and we want you to know that there are many many thankful moms and dads for your hard work! As I write this in Boston, the weather outside is drizzly and cold, reminiscent of the chilly hills in Burera. No indoor heating in Burera though, and your knitting projects have been crucial to keeping these babies warm. We all want to send you a warm and heartfelt thanks this Thanksgiving for your generous and helpful contributions! Below are some of the thankful parents and little ones.
Illuminee, just 4 hours after being born, with her mom Claudine

Baby Isador

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Another warm HotHead

A few more photos..

Hi everyone! A few more photos of your hard work - some of the first hats that went to the newborns, and a newborn, warm and healthy. More to come soon!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Address for mailing beanies!

Hi everyone!

PIH's offices have moved. Please send any beanies, etc from now on to:

Jesse Greenspan - HotHeads
Partners in Health
888 Commonwealth Ave., 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02215

Thank you to everyone for your contributions, ideas, and questions!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Crochet Patterns

For anyone who prefers to crochet rather than knit, here are a few websites with patterns. Any and all sizes are needed/welcome!

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Greetings to all Hotheads Knitters!!
Your project is an ongoing success story, and we're thrilled to bring to you the following story from our doctors at Butaro Hospital in Rwanda:

On Thursday 16th July we were lucky enough to have quadruplets born at Butaro!This caused enormous excitement. It wasn't long before word had spread, the courtyard was filled with people trying to catch a glimpse of the little celebrities and the news had been announced on national radio. Dr Juvenal (pictured below) was the hero of the day, delivering all of the babies with no difficulty or complication.All four babies weighed between 1700g and 1800g. Keeping the babies warm was top priority, both immediately after their arrival into the world and on their transfer to the neonatal unit at CHUK hospital in Kigali. This was a precautionary measure. All four babies and their mother are doing very well indeed.
A huge thank you must go to all those who have helped to knit and transport the hats for these children. In the early hours and days of their lives keeping such babies warm is of vital importance and failure to do so can have grave consequences.Thank you all for your help!!
Mickey Sexton, Butaro hospital

Friday, August 14, 2009

Thanks for the pattern!

Thanks for the simple pattern for the beanies. I'll get right to it. Margaret

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I heard that quads were born at the clinic. How are they? Are they boys? girls? some of both? Did they go home with hats? Pictures?

E.G., Emily's Granmom

Monday, August 10, 2009

Knit Hats for Newborns: Sizes from Full Term to X-Small Preemie

Here's something my aunt gave to me she was using if it helps. I'll include a request for patterns on the next group email as well!

• Size # 6 needles
• Baby yarn, Sport weight yarn, or DK yarn

CAST on the number of stitches for the size hat desired (see Size Chart below).

RIB STITCH (Knit 1, Pearl 1) for one inch for all sizes.

STOCKINETTE (Knit a row, Pearl a row) for the number of inches indicated (see Size Chart below).

DRAW yarn through all stitches on needle and pull tightly on top. Knot securely.

WEAVE together seam using yarn.

OPTIONAL: Add a pom pom or bow on top.

Size Chart: # Stitches to Cast*****Stockinette Length

Full Term: 66 ***** 5” to 5 ½”

X-Large Preemie: 58 ***** 4” to 4 ½”

Large Preemie: 50 ***** 3 ½” to 4”

Medium Preemie: 44 ***** 3” to 3 ½”

Small Preemie: 40 ***** 2 ½” to 3”

X-Small Preemie: 36 ***** 2 ½”

Pattern for the Beanies?

I would like to get started knitting but wondered if anyone had a easy pattern for a beanie for a beginning knitter. Thanks for the help! Margaret

Friday, July 31, 2009

Inaugural Hothead!

We would like to belatedly introduce newborn Jean Paul, the first recipient of a hothead beanie!

Jean Paul was born in the middle of the night by emergency C-section. His mother had obstructed labor at a health center and was transferred to Butaro Hospital urgently. Dr. Juvenal delivered Jean Paul by C-section around 3am.

This photo was taken the following morning showing the proud mother with her newborn and Dr. Juvenal. Congratulations to them all and a major thank you to all of you for helping keep our newborns warm and safe!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Welcome to HotHeads Knitters!

Welcome to Burera Hospital, rural Rwanda, HotHeads Knitters, and this exciting and important project! Burera District Hospital opened in April 2008 to serve a population of 400,000 people, and currently about 100 babies are delivered here per month. In this setting, where resources are limited and temperature often drops in the 50s, we struggle to keep sick newborns and premature babies warm enough, and hypothermia can be deadly. Along with great medical care, a simple intervention to help save some of these little ones is to provide each with a beanie to keep them warm.

So we started HotHeads Knitters in an effort to put a warm and stylish beanie cap on every baby born in Burera as soon as they enter the world - as is done in American hospitals. We would love to recruit any and all knitting groups or individuals who are excited about this cause - all styles and colors to keep our beautiful newborns warm are welcome! We will arrange shipping to rural Rwanda and post stories and photos of your work in use.

This blog will help chronicle our mission - with information from personnel at Burera Hospital, input and ideas from our knitting volunteers, and of course stories and photos of the beautiful (and warm) newborns! Please feel free to post any ideas, questions, or comments. If you are new to the site and would like to become involved, please post a comment with contact information and we will respond with more information. Thank you!