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Keeping Me Hoppin’

In anticipation of Easter, I am making bunny hats for babies in the NICU and tiny chemo warriors.

bunny hats prep

Here is my progress so far, and  I hope to make more in boy colors too.  I am following this crochet pattern for the hat and ears.

If you want to make some for Easter, please send them to us before April 8th, so that we can make sure they are delivered in time for Easter.

Hope you have an awesome day!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

We love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  So I crocheted a hat thinking a young chemo warrior could appreciate a TMNT hat.


I think that these fun turtles have really stood the test of time and I think it is a great hat for the boys. Now I am not saying that these are not for girls as well but it is always a struggle to find hats that we think boys will appreciate. I think that one of the problems I have always encountered with looming the hats is that the hat is a bit bunchy at the top and for some reason that does not seem to appeal to boys. Crocheting this hat really made it nice and sleek and removes the bunchy hat problem. The double crochet stitch was surprisingly quick to crochet as well.  I look forward to making more of these hats soon.

Happy New Year


Happy New Year!! This has been such a productive year for us. We have now delivered 4,487 hats to friends battling cancer and NICU babies. We are just so proud of what we have been able to accomplish and are so happy to have so many friends that have made this possible. We look forward to a very productive new year and can’t wait to see how many more hats we will deliver in the new year. Here is to hoping that the new year will bring new medical innovations and we finally find a cure!

Wishing everyone a fruitful and joyful 2017!
~Vanessa & Pali


Made with Love

My daughter made this for my aunt in Ohio who is fighting cancer.


We sent it via the mail late last week, and she received it and loves it!

Show the people that you love and support them!





Special Delivery: 240 Hats for Cancer Warriors

We are ending this year on a happy note, with huge smiles on our faces.  When we started Knitting Rays of Hope, we had big ambitions and always wanted to donate to the City of Hope, a cancer hospital that is very close to us.  But we always wondered if we would have enough hats to meet the needs of such a huge cancer center.

240 Hats for Cancer Warriors

Last week, my mother and stepdad delivered 240 hats & scarves to City of Hope!  We are so proud of this grand accomplishment.  It’s our biggest delivery for cancer warriors yet, and we couldn’t have done it without you, all of our Team Hope knitters!

A little about City of Hope (from their website)

City of Hope is a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other serious diseases. We deliver scientific miracles that make lives whole again.

Compassion is the heart of our approach and the driving force behind all our discoveries.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Each innovative treatment we create gives people the chance to live longer, better and more fully.


240 Hats Delivered

Ms. Linda receiving the hats from my stepdad

My folks met with Linda, from the Philanthropy and External Relations department, who was very appreciative of these hats.

At City of Hope, we combine science with soul to make miracles every day.

Our grand total to date is now 3,105 hats delivered! We are so excited to see how far Knitting Rays of Hope has grown!    We hope that we will be able to sustain this volume to keep all our local hospitals loved and warm.  We thank each and every one of our team members who helped make this possible!  We are blown away by how  creative, generous and caring all of you are- striving to make a difference in our world!  Keep spreading hope!

Team Wanda Woman (2014)


On Saturday, May 3, 2014, we walked in memory and honor of my sister-in-law, who lost her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on 12/27/12.  We came together for our 3rd annual event as Team Wanda Woman (link to 1st and 2nd).  Our team was over 15 walkers strong this year and had many supporters who donated online.  I am so thankful that we come together, to fight as a team, whether you were able to walk on Saturday or if you sent your love and support- we appreciate you!  Wanda was definitely mentally tough- she fought a long battle with a quiet courage, never complaining and frequently smiling instead of crying.  She taught me a lot, and I hold onto her memory as daily inspiration.  When you are facing a diagnosis such as Pancreatic Cancer, it’s very easy to prioritize what is important and what is not.  All the drama, arguing and trivial stress shifts to healing, hoping and praying.  She had a beautiful knack for waiving off those who continually brought chaos to her doorstep.


Even before the pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Wanda was very involved with walking for cancer, walking every year at the Revlon’s event on Mother’s Day weekend.  Team Wanda Woman plans on walking again in May 2015, with Wanda’s spirit.  I would encourage you to get involved in a local event and save the date for next year’s PurpleStride in LA <walking for a cure to Pancreatic Cancer>.