From head to heart
A Tulsa woman has crocheted more than 1,000 hats for Tulsa’s hungry.
Anne Hatfield typically crochets 10-12 hats every two weeks. She donates the hats to clients of the Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry.
Annie Hatfield is Tulsa’s all-around DIY woman.
The 43-year-old can paint or duplicate almost anything by just looking at an example, and her fingers magically work to recreate it.
During the cold days of winter, Hatfield’s favorite craft is just what people need to stay warm. Her passion is crocheting hats, and she says she saw a need and tried to fill it. Not only is “hat” part of her name, but she also works as a hairdresser in a nursing home.
“I guess I was destined to work around the cranium,” she says.
All of this came to mind when she taught herself to crochet about five years ago. Now, she has made more than 1,000 hats by hand. They are all donated to the Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry, a nonprofit located inside Trinity Episcopal Church.
“I go to Trinity, and every Sunday the Iron Gate line is very long,” Hatfield says. “They feed 600 (people) a day. It crossed my mind how cold many of the guests waiting in line outside must become, and few had hats to wear.”
Now her mission is to make sure that each person’s head is covered. Hatfield says she finds plenty of time to make the hats in the evening. She says she can make 10-12 hats on average every two weeks, and some hats only take a day to make. When she has more time during the summer, she can create them even more quickly.
“Crocheting is like reading,” Hatfield says. “You just do it when you’re waiting, or on lunch, or before bed, that sort of thing. It is a way to help your mind relax.”
Before she distributes the hats, she also takes the time to pray over each one. Then she takes them to be sprinkled with holy water.
“I say a prayer for the ones who will wear them — that God will speak positive thoughts to them and bless their lives,” Hatfield says. “These hats are going on people’s heads. I want them to bring good thoughts and peace to their minds.”
Right now, Hatfield is working on more “girl colors” since most of her hats are gender neutral. She can create all sizes and colors and only uses yarn to make them. Hatfield says crocheting is fairly easy to pick up.
“Just buy a pamphlet at Hobby Lobby like I did, or YouTube it,” Hatfield says. “The yarn wrapper will show you what size hook is required. It’s very simple; it just takes a little time.”