Christmas at Sea
Fall 2012Published by theSeamen’s Church Instituteseamenschurch.org The Rev. David M. RiderExecutive DirectorEditor, Oliver Brewer Assistant Editor, Susannah Skiver BartonDesign & Production by BlissDesignThis newsletter is printed on recycled paper.
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The Knit Beore ChristmsF 2012
This November, Tazo Tea iced tea bottles at twelve Starbucks coee shops in central New Jersey are getting new caps … TEAny Hats, to be specifc.
s part o a campaign to raise awareness about seaarers’ work andits impact on our lives, SCI has enlisted the help o the regionalmanagement o the world’s largest coeehouse company—Starbucks. Generously, they have agreed to dress up their TAZOiced tea bottles with miniature seaarer watch caps knitted andcrocheted by volunteers rom around the world.
SCI wanted to create a visual reminder that theingredients or many bottled beverages—things likeruit, coee and tea—arrive thanks to the work o international maritime workers. What better wayto draw attention than to top each bottle with theiconic seaarer hat?To launch the pilot or this project, David Thomas,manager or twelve Starbucks coee shops in the New Jersey area, agreed to coordinate the placemento 1,200 TEAny Hats on the Tazo Tea bottles in hisregion’s stores. SCI enlisted the help o knitting volunteersthrough Facebook, Ravelry and the
blog as well as theGeneral Convention o the Episcopal Church, World Wide Knitin Public Day and the trade show or the yarn industry (TNNA), hopingto get enough hats to meet this generous oer.
mpressively, more than90 knitters have contributed 1,778 miniature hats to date—farexceeding the goal of 1,200 hats.
Managers rom each o the 12 participating Starbucks will come to SCI’sPort Newark International Seaarers’ Center or a day o volunteering in lateOctober, each picking up his or her supply o TEAny hats. They have agreedto keep putting hats on bottles until the supply runs out.Each TEAny Hat, handknit by a volunteer, has its own individual character—no two look alike—mirroring the uniqueness and diversity o seaarers andtheir journeys. Knitters have signed the tags, which explain the project andthe importance o maritime commerce. The tagline, “Baby, it’s cold outside …but especially on the ocean this winter,” encourages tea drinkers to considerhow seaarers bring us the “comorts o our daily lives” through all kinds o weather and sea conditions.
Look or these TEAny Hats on select New Jersey Starbucks store shelves in November, and help spread the word. I you want more inormation about thisproject and how to make these miniature hats, email
.These represent only the beginning.