It’s a wonderful thing to teach children to care for others and to do what they can do to help out or to lift another’s spirits. I came across this page through something I saw on Facebook, and Nathalia’s story has really touched my heart. I’d like to share her story here:
This is Nathalia, our friend and superhero, who has been a part of the Love Your Melon family since her journey began. Nat was diagnosed at age 12 with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Due to recent findings, she only has a few more weeks left. Nat has been an inspiration for our team and everyone that she’s met.
We’ve had the pleasure of being surrounded by Nat’s bubbly and contagious personality. Nat is creative and artistic and enjoys art projects during her spare time as well as drawing fashion sketches. In an incredible act of selflessness, Nat handmade mini yarn beanies for our team at Love Your Melon. These have served as inspiration for us, reminding us of Nat’s determination and creativity even through the toughest time imaginable for a teenager.
Over these next few weeks, we want to show Nat how much the Love Your Melon community supports her and we need your help to make as many of these mini beanies as possible for her.
Beanies for Nat
#BeaniesForNat is an expression of our gratitude and honors her creative passion. The campaign starts now with all of the instructions here on how to make them and where to send them below. For every shipment of one or more mini beanies sent for Nat by February 4th 2019, we will send back one Love Your Melon Beanie to the return address provided in the shipment. We also encourage you to send notes of kindness and strength for Nat and her family with your shipment of mini beanies. Please make sure to include a name and return address with your mini beanie contribution.
Attn: Beanies For Nat
226 North Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Nathalia holds a special place in our hearts and we encourage the rest of the Love Your Melon family to help us support her in her fight against this horrible disease. All beanies sent in will be made into an art piece for Nat and her family.
Thank you for your support and for joining the story.
Use these hashtags on Facebook or Instagram to share your creative process of making your mini beanies and tag us and your friends so we can spread this movement and inspire others.
Supplies You’ll Need
- paper rolls (toilet paper roll, kitchen towel rolls, etc.)
- yarn in many colors – we recommend a worsted weight acrylic yarn
- tissue paper
Start by cutting the yarn into threads – you’ll need plenty of long threads of equal length. We recommend cutting to lengths of 8” for your yarn, and then cutting your paper roll to between 0.75” and 1” in height.
“Fold” the yarn threads in half and push the looped side through the paper roll. Fold the two loose ends over the other side of the paper roll and thread into the loop. Pull tight into a knot.
Repeat this step until the entire paper roll is covered with these looped yarns. Once complete, you will have to push all the yarns inside the paper roll. We recommend twisting the yarns together, and pushing through – see diagrams for reference.
Roll a piece of tissue paper into a ball and stuff into the “beanie.” This will help you get the perfect hat shape and keep the yarn in place.
Using a separate thread, tie a tight knot around the top of the threads to create the pom beanie. Trim the pom at the top using your scissors to round it out.
We appreciate your support for Love Your Melon, and for taking a part in #BeaniesForNat
Me, again. Sorry, I can’t seem to find a way to include her picture. You can see all the details here: https://loveyourmelon.com/pages/beanies-for-nat (You might have to copy/paste to open the website.)
Here is my first mini beanie:
I hope Nat’s story will touch your heart too and you’ll be moved to become involved in making and sending beanies of your own. It would be a fun project to do with children and let them feel the warm fuzzies that come from doing a little something to brighten Nathalia’s day. Time is of the essence…love and hugs to all of you today!