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Homemade Hats Add Personal Touch to Holiday Gifts

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – With time winding down before the holidays are here, the search for original gifts is still in full swing for many. Homemade winter hats and hand sewn aprons may be just the personal touch you’re looking for.

Deborah Lee, who occasionally teaches knitting for seniors and kids at the library, has hand knit Aran wool hats that are being sold at the Hastings Public Library with all proceeds going back to the library.

“It’s a very simple beret,” Lee said.  “It just happened that I used what they call an Aran knitting pattern, which is a traditional Irish pattern that they use for the headband so we call it an Aran beret.”

This is Lee’s second year making the hats and she said the response from local residents has been extremely positive as many seem to recognize the homemade hats around town.

“I’m a knitter so the hats are a nice way for me to sample different colors that are out there and see how they knit up,” she said.

Making the decision to donate the proceeds to the library was an easy decision for Lee as well.

“I study a lot of things on my own and the library was amazing for me,” she said. “They would order text books from all the way across the country. They were just so nice and so helpful and the hats just became a way to say thank you.”

Having lived up in Maine before moving back to Hastings for the past three years, Lee said the hand knit hats were a way of staying warm.

“Up in Maine a hat made a big difference in whether you were warm enough so it became a natural thing to make and I thought maybe it would fly down here,” she said.

Hastings Library Director Sue Feir said the donation effort was something that surprised her last year.

“She came out of the wood works last year asking to make them,” Feir said. “She did about 10 last year and they sold very well.”

The library is also selling hand sewn and decorated aprons made by employees along with various other items. The winter hats are being sold for $25 and aprons range from $15 to $35 and can be found at the front of the library.

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