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Gift ideas: Krochet Kids knit hats for a warm head and a warm heart

December 4, 2009 |  7:00 am

Though a knit hat in the Los Angeles climate might be considered a fashion statement, the organization Krochet Kids International wants it also to be seen as a political one.

Started two years ago when four friends spent a summer off from college teaching war-affected Ugandan women how to crochet, the nonprofit now pays these women from its proceeds and trains them "in financial education and career advancement," says KKI executive director Kohl Crecelius, with skills like budget planning and small business management. Next year, they plan to fund education programs for children too.

Each of the six rather stylish and (more or less) affordable acrylic or acrylic-wool blend caps -- I'm a fan of The Betty ($24.99) pictured above -- has a label with the crocheter's name stitched in. Buyers who want to put a face to the cause can find out more about their hat's designer by reading her profile on KKI's website.

Interested in keeping your head warm for a cause? The hats -- as well as a few other items -- are available at KKI's online store. Want to give them an added push? Wait to buy until Monday. The group has a goal of selling 2,000 hats between Dec. 7 and 14.

-- Whitney Friedlander


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