Spreading Hope…a hat at a time.

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Happy New Year

As we prepare to jump into the new year, we hope that you will bring all the joy from 2017 with you!  We wish you abundant hope, love, and good health!

Happy New Year


Danger Season

One of the programs that are near and dear to our hearts is the Pajama Program, a charity that offers at-risk children the unconditional, magical gifts of pajamas and books so that they can enjoy the greatest benefit of a loving bedtime and peaceful good night: a fulfilling good day.

We were just informed that Pajama Program’s founder, Genevieve Piturro, will be on Megyn Kelly TODAY at 9am Christmas morning. Hear more from Genevieve about the story of Pajama Program, as told by author Laura Schroff in her book, Angels on Earth.

Pajama Program


We all know the holiday season is here, bringing joy to many, but it can be difficult for those away from their family or fighting cancer. Then, once the holidays end, the cold winter really sets in from January through March.

Unfortunately, the coldest months of winter are often when the contributions decrease.

Please consider contributing to Pajama Program or Knitting Rays of Hope to help spread hope and warmth during the “danger season”.

Thank you!

TED Talk: Giving to the Poor

Happy Thanksgiving

We would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!  Football TurkeyToday we’d like to thank you for all you’ve done this year to help spread hope and make a difference in the world!

We hope that you day is filled with love and hope!


A Big Thank You to Our New Naval Friend

A BIG THANK YOU to Petty Officer Jordan who sent in 10 crocheted hats in different styles, colors and sizes.  We are so impressed with these hats and thank you for taking the time to make the hats!


Jordan successfully made each hat different and these will definitely bring smiles and hope to their recipients!

We received this box in April, but have been extremely busy and got behind on Knitting Rays of Hope’s business.   Keep the hats coming, we will be sending out monthly shipments to our local Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units and Oncology Centers!

Thank you for your contribution and service to our country!

Girl Scouts Make A Difference!

We are so amazed by a local Girl Scout Troop (4134) from West Covina, California, who made and donated 218 hats to Knitting Rays of Hope!

GS Troup 4134

This girl scout troop consists of 18 dedicated young ladies, 12 to 13 year old.  Each girl had to learn how to loom knit and then surprised their troop leader, Christina Godoy by going above and beyond their individual personal goal of number of hats.  We are very impressed with such young girls, who care enough about the world to make such an impact!  This troop even mentored a younger Girl Scout Troop, who is interested in learning how to loom knit hats for charity.  These girls did a remarkable job- and donated the most hats we have ever received in a contribution!

This project was approximately 6 months long, including the researching and learning how to loom knit, with the biggest push beginning in November, 2014.  In addition to this charitable cause, these girls are involved in many other extra curricular activities.  We greatly appreciate all the girls in Troop 4134 for being such extraordinary, caring young ladies and  their troop leader and families for their support and values they instilled in these girls.

91 Children Hats

There are 91 hats for children cancer warriors.  There are all different sizes, that would fit the littlest toddler cancer warrior to the brave teenage cancer warrior, all whom will have their choice of color, texture and style of hat.



They made 111 hats for babies in the NICU.  These hats will fit micro preemie to some larger babies who are admitted to the NICU for medical reasons.  There are so many different combinations of colors and embellished with pom-poms, that we are sure the recipients and their families will feel special and loved.


The girls did not forget about our strong adult cancer warriors, either.  They made 16 hats for adults, both men and women, which is quite impressive as these hats tend to take more of a time commitment due to the larger size.

These hats will bring hope to 218 families- these young ladies are making a major impact and truly living the Girl Scout Law, “Make the World a Better Place”.   They are shining examples, and we thank each and every one in Girl Scout Troop 4134 and their families.

Our Perspective: Love in Action


We rang in 2015 with excitement, gratitude and love!  After about a 2 week break for holidays and family time, we are slowly adjusting back into our routines.  Vacations are needed to rejuvenate your souls and reconnect with loved ones.  But now it’s time to begin work with fresh enthusiasm.

Looking Back
Two years ago in January 2012, we began making hats and donating them to chemo centers.  We started as a group just trying to make a difference, supporting our loved ones as they fought cancer.  I can’t really articulate how I felt when I saw so much hope during such dark times – love in action.  Strangers would gather to love and spread hope to comfort cancer warriors and their families in their own special way.  A lady once graced the oncology center by towing her hefty harp and playing lovely, relaxing strings for the cancer warriors as they received their infusions of chemotherapy.  I was just so touched and moved seeing how the harpist affected everyone in the room with her talents and efforts.  I was inspired- spurred into doing something of my own to make a difference, but what?  I am not musically talented, nor artsy or crafty.  Well, a group of friends were loom knitting scarves and as I shared my encounters during my sister-in-law’s chemo treatments, we were inspired to make hats on the circular loom.  Like I said, I am not crafty by nature, but I was determined and had the support of a great group of friends and the helpful online loom knitting community.

Our Love in Action
And in two years, we are very proud that Knitting Rays of Hope was able to donate 2,290 hats to cancer warriors of all ages, babies in the NICU and a few other strong warriors fighting horrifying diseases!

Our web presence has also grown.   In 2012, this blog had a total of 6,004 views which grew to 74,975 views for 2014!  Our online friends, followers and connections have grown abundantly on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well. But most importantly, our team has magnified– we are receiving hats from other parts of the state and country because our team of contributors care and are making a difference!

Looking Forward
As we look forward, the cliche would be to set a goal for a number of hats for 2015, but I would rather make a resolution to increase the lives we touch by spreading love and hope, by making a difference in our world, both locally and online, by connecting with more friends and supporters.  I encourage all of you to get involved in something that brings joy to your soul by “giving back”.  Make a difference in your own way with your own talents.  If making a hat for cancer warriors or little babies in the NICU, speaks to you, we would love to receive your creations!

For more information, please visit our Get Involved Page or email us or comment below.

I wish you all the best as you go forth making a difference in our world.

Our Dear Friend, Nancy


A little while ago, Nancy brought over her latest creations that just put us in the Christmas spirit!  These adorable snowmen, each unique and jolly will surely light up faces with smiles!   And her candy cane hats, snowflake buttons, a just perfect pom-pom and the grey/red striped- all will be treasured, no doubt about it.


Nancy suffered a medical emergency and is in need of special prayers. Please send your prayers to her for a speedy recovery. Nancy has been such an amazing supporter of Knitting Rays and we just hope that we can show her some support for her recovery. Thinking of you Nancy and hope to be able to see you making beautiful creations again soon. 😉

~Pali & Vanessa

Jazzed for Halloween


My daughter took time out of her hectic teenage life to make 1 child pumpkin, 4 itty bitty pumkins and 2 Halloween themed hats for Knitting Rays of Hope.  She does a lot of the background work in preparing the shipments, by cutting labels, attaching the labels to the hats, and setting up the hats for photo ops for each shipment.  And with this batch, all the orange yarn we had is gone- whew!    I am grateful that Jazlyn realizes her time is needed to make a difference in the world, and she prioritizes to help spread hope!

2 Year Blogaversary


It’s Easter and our 2 Year Blogaversary!

Two years ago, some said we were two crazy chicks with a cracked up idea to make a difference.  Perhaps they were astute in their observations, but we paid no heed as we embarked on an amazing and rewarding ride – Knitting Rays of Hope.  We knew what we wanted to accomplish- to spread hope and awareness-  but there were many steep learning curves and obstacles for us.  There have been days of disappointment and frustration just as there have been days of the rewarding feeling when you make a difference and see the impact you had; there have been many tears over shared stories or learning who earned angel wings far too early.  We started as a small local group and are now receiving hats from all over the country, from young girls scouts to those still young at heart.  Our blog’s viewer base has grown from and average of 23 in 2012  to 249 in 2014.  We are on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.   Some of our deliveries were even shipped overseas!  I spout out all these stats to you, first because stats excite me (yeah- I am a bit nerdy), but mainly because your support absolutely amazes me.  Vanessa and I really had no clue that we would be able to sustain the deliveries monthly; never in our wildest dreams would we have thought we could have spread hope to over 1,650 patients and families!  This is possible because of you— the engaging community that cares enough to put love into action!

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Our First Post:

a group of ladies and the knitted creationsOur Top Posts:

haidenMinionMinion- Free Hat Pattern  on 8/4/13 (with the most views)

monsterinc2Mike and Sully  on 5/21/13 (in 2nd place)

Our Top Pages:

  1.  Free Patterns
  2. Tutorials
  3. Photos

Our Comments:
We have over 520 comments with an average of 15 comments per month. We are very appreciative of all your comments, questions and support!  Thank you for taking the time to comment and become part of our community!  We have made many friends online and thoroughly enjoy reading your comments, stories and inspirations!

We are grateful for each and every one of you in our community – whether you create hats, donate yarn or money, spread awareness, share our stories, like our posts, assist with the logistics, or just be our cheerleader.  We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!
~Pali & Vanessa