A message from our founder.
Why are we moving?
For those who missed the last couple of emails, the condo I rent, our headquarters for the last 12 years, is up for sale. Embracing change and looking forward, I am moving to Ashland, Wisconsin, where I will be closer to family and Knots of Love can spread out! Wisconsin is also far more affordable and centrally located! 😍What will change?
Only our shipping address.
Other than that, nothing will change.
Same great charity, different location.What can you expect?
There will be a short pause in shipping operations while we transition; everything else will remain the same.
🗓️ Please mark these two important dates in your calendar:
🚦Stop sending your packages to our California address.
Please pause shipping to our California address. Keep making your loving creations and hold onto them until we arrive in Wisconsin.
🚦Start sending your packages to our new Wisconsin address.
The address and submission form will be updated on all forms and announced on this page.
🏅 For those of you who are curious about the OC Fair. We will still have entries. Find out more information here
❤️ We love and appreciate your commitment to Knots of Love and patience in this transition.
We will be up and running in Wisconsin in no time and shipping our heart & warming creations again before you know it!
As always, my inbox is open for questions. Please know that I will do my best to make this transition as seamless as possible. The board and I are here for all of you; donors, makers, doctors, nurses, and of course, our recipients.
Much love and many blessings,
Christine M. Fabiani, Founder
and the Board of Directorschristine@knotsoflove.org
🚦On 3-22-23 stop sending your packages to our California address.
🚦On 4-28-23 start sending your packages to our new Wisconsin address.
* New address will be announced on April 28, 2023 on this page
2023 Maker Guidelines
Please carefully read and follow these instructions.
Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our recipients and volunteers.
Knots of Love continues to monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments closely. Our Covid-19 safety protocol (both our In-Office protocol and our Maker Protocol) has been applauded by hospitals across the country. We understand that the protocol we set forth is a bit more work for you/our makers. However, we know you understand how important it is to keep the patients we serve safe and to keep everyone who comes into contact with our gifts of love safe and healthy. We thank you for your understanding during these challenging times. Knots of Love Safety Protocol:
To protect the health and well-being of our hat and blanket recipients, in addition our team in our office with the In-Office Protocol we instituted, we have a few guidelines for people making Knots of Love beanies and blankets:
All makers are required to wash, dry (no dryer sheets or scents please), and bag their creations before sending them in. For bags, we recommend
(however, not mandatory) placing all of your creations in an Eco-Friendly Biodegradable Poly Mailer available here from our awesome family-owned partner BubbleFast
and be sure to use promo code: KnotsOfLove to receive a 15% discount and start earning cash-back rewards on the BubbleFast site. (Please don't place your creations in a recycled box or bag. The previous contents of the receptacle could transfer odors of whatever might have been in the box or bag to your lovingly washed creations.)
Indicate on the submission form that you followed this protocol.
Thank you, everyone, for your love, support, and understanding.
People going through cancer treatment AND their families, doctors, and nurses appreciate you!!!
Founder and Executive Director,
Knots of Love
Handmade Beanie and Blanket Maker Guidelines
• Must follow and certify that you have followed Maker Safety Protocol (listed above, on this page).
• Must be made with yarns from our guidelines/approved yarn list: Required + Approved Yarn List
• Only hand-knit and hand-crocheted beanies and blankets.
• Thin, seamless, non-lumpy beanies are best for increased comfort and use at night when sleeping.
• Please no see-through caps. (Patients don’t like to see their bald heads through the caps.)
• Yarn must be fragrance-free, smoke-free, dander and pet hair-free.
• Be sure all your ends are tied in well and not showing.
• Wash, dry, and bag
(use promo code Knotsoflove) your creations before sending them to us.
One bag or box is sufficient for all your gifts of love. (No need to bag each beanie individually)
• When drying please *do not* use dryer sheets as they contain chemicals that can cause a reaction to sensitive skin.• We have enough preemie and infant hats -- hospitals tell us they have more than enough baby hats. If you want to help a baby please make a NICU blanket -- it will make a difference.
• We no longer accept LOOMED hats.
• Please follow the sizing guidelines below:
Beanies: Head Size Chart
Please use this chart to determine what size cap you would like to make.
The height noted is the total height of the hat including the brim.
Size Circumference Height
Small 18-20 in. 6.5-7 in.
Medium 20-22 in. 7-8 in.
Large 22-24.5 in. 8-10 in.
Knots of Love for Baby Neonatal Blankets: Any soft, cozy, lightweight yarn can be used for Neonatal Blankets.
Size: No smaller than 30” x 24”
Only use yarns on our Required Yarn List
for beanies when making your NICU blankets.
Please remember, these blankets are laid over preemie babies that often weigh as little as 1lb. We want our blankets to become a family treasure. Because after all, they are wrapping their angel 👼 in your blanket.
Required + Approved Yarn
Please make sure to use yarn from our tested and yarn list when making Knots of Love and Neonatal Intensive Care Blankets. All our yarns have been tested by people undergoing cancer treatment and families of fragile tiny lives. All yarns have been deemed soft enough for the extremely sensitive and often blistered bald heads of cancer patients and Mom and Dad's who swaddle their newborns.
👉 Required & Approved Yarn List
Note: Some of the yarns on the list have been discontinued, however they can still be found on-line or in some retail stores, depending on where you live.
Helpful Tips & Resources
See our helpful tips for knit and crochet makers
. Great for all skill levels.
There are many patterns available for free here on our web site
, but you can use any pattern of your choice. We look forward to seeing your creations!
🕒 Ready to send your creations? 🕒
When your handmade creations meet the above listed criteria,
the shipping information and forms you needcan be found here
Questions asked and answered:Q:
Does each item have to be bagged individually?
No, Each item does not need to be bagged individually. One bag after you
wash and dry your gifts of love is sufficient.
What do you mean we bag them?
After you wash and dry (make sure they are completely dry after they cool) your creations,
place them in a small trash bag, ziplock bag, or a simple plastic bag with a tie. (We recycle bags!)
Can the submission slips be enclosed with the newly washed and sealed items
or do they need to be taped to the outside of the bag(s)?
Please tape the submission forms on the outside of the bags.
Do we need to use non-scented soap for washing our items?
It is recommended but not required to use non-scented soap.
How do I send beanies and/or blankets?
Visit this page
to send your creations.
What if I don't knit or crochet?
You can buy an awesome Knit or Crochet starter kit from our shop here
and use the learning resources we include to get started making impactful creations, right away.
(These also make a great gift that keeps on giving!)
Have questions? Contact us here
😊Have fun and happy making!!!