Making Hats for Monastics

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J.Lee.Nelson
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Making Hats for Monastics

Post by J.Lee.Nelson » Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:51 am

Hello Friends,

At a discount shop I have had some luck in finding a quantity of wool yarn in rusty orange. I would like to use it to make hats for Buddhist monastics. My questions are as follows:

1. Are there any preferred knitting or crochet patterns?

2. Should all hats be more or less identical, or is it okay to make different styles?

3. Which monasteries or nunneries need hats the most?

4. Other suggestions/comments regarding making or distributing hats for monastics?

:thanks:

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Re: Making Hats for Monastics

Post by robertk » Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:54 am

Do monks wear hats?

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Re: Making Hats for Monastics

Post by Mr Man » Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:57 am

robertk wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:54 am
Do monks wear hats?
Yes.

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Re: Making Hats for Monastics

Post by Sam Vara » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:32 am

J.Lee.Nelson wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:51 am
Hello Friends,

At a discount shop I have had some luck in finding a quantity of wool yarn in rusty orange. I would like to use it to make hats for Buddhist monastics. My questions are as follows:

1. Are there any preferred knitting or crochet patterns?

2. Should all hats be more or less identical, or is it okay to make different styles?

3. Which monasteries or nunneries need hats the most?

4. Other suggestions/comments regarding making or distributing hats for monastics?

:thanks:
If you have the skills to adapt the hats according to the needs of monastics, my advice would be as follows. Contact your local monastery, or the nearest monastery where they experience cold weather, and ask them. Then get knitting/crocheting, and send or take them. I live in the UK, so the monks and nuns I know tend to need warm hats and would I imagine be very grateful.

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Re: Making Hats for Monastics

Post by Dinsdale » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:11 am

Buddha save me from new-agers!

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Re: Making Hats for Monastics

Post by gavesako » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:23 am

Woolly hats are essential in the winter, especially in the north of Thailand where temperatures can drop down to zero or even below, such as today (apparently Doi Inthanon was even colder -5 Celsius at 2600 meters).
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Re: Making Hats for Monastics

Post by J.Lee.Nelson » Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:35 pm

Ha! Those are super-cute!

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Re: Making Hats for Monastics

Post by J.Lee.Nelson » Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:48 pm

gavesako wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:23 am
Woolly hats are essential in the winter, especially in the north of Thailand where temperatures can drop down to zero or even below, such as today (apparently Doi Inthanon was even colder -5 Celsius at 2600 meters).
Oh! I would love to send some hats to Thailand. I'm not sure if they will be done by the end of this winter, but whenever they are done, is there a particular address to send them to? I'm not sure that a box labelled "To the Buddhist monks in Doi Inthanon National Forest, Thailand" would get where it needs to go. How many monks need hats there?

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Re: Making Hats for Monastics

Post by gavesako » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:36 pm

J.Lee.Nelson wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:48 pm
gavesako wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:23 am
Woolly hats are essential in the winter, especially in the north of Thailand where temperatures can drop down to zero or even below, such as today (apparently Doi Inthanon was even colder -5 Celsius at 2600 meters).
Oh! I would love to send some hats to Thailand. I'm not sure if they will be done by the end of this winter, but whenever they are done, is there a particular address to send them to? I'm not sure that a box labelled "To the Buddhist monks in Doi Inthanon National Forest, Thailand" would get where it needs to go. How many monks need hats there?
Well, as there are more than 200 thousand monks in Thailand which is currently experiencing very low temperatures, you will have a lot of knitting to do:
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/ ... d/30334468

But don't worry, most monasteries have stashes of hats that people like to make and donate to them every year.
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Re: Making Hats for Monastics

Post by Saengnapha » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:17 am

gavesako wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:23 am
Woolly hats are essential in the winter, especially in the north of Thailand where temperatures can drop down to zero or even below, such as today (apparently Doi Inthanon was even colder -5 Celsius at 2600 meters).
Good photo! Yes, it has been chilly in BKK, too. For the last 3 nights, I had to sleep with a light blanket up to my neck. It's a welcome change from the incessant heat. :twothumbsup:

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