New This Week: The “Moses” Sweater

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Cuddle up with this cozy new arrival straight from Peru made from 100% Alpaca.
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Hand Knit This Week: The Camilla Shrug

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The “Camilla” Shrug was hand knit this week and is available in store only!

Only a handful were created for this autumn season.  You can visit the Our Hands For Hopes retail store Fridays from 12:00-4:30 or Saturdays from 10:30-2:30. Or shop online 24 hours a day!

We are located in downtown Napa Valley, Ca.

Our Hands For Hope

303 Post Street St.

Napa, CA 94559

Pull out your light, feminine favorites for spring

by Alicia Fischer, Communications @ Our Hands For Hope

Springtime is the perfect season to bring our your most feminine pieces for an elegant yet casual look. Pair your favorite, light blouse or shirt with a high-waisted skirt that cuts at the knee for a sophisticated look that can be worn day or night.

Throw on a few accessories like our popular yet versatile Flor scarf to add some layers and chunky jewelry with some color to tie it altogether.

What pieces are you most looking forward to wearing this spring?
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Calvin Klein Sheer Lace Blouse, Lord & Taylor, Moto Denim Midi Skirt by Topshop, Flor Scarf by Our Hands For Hope, Coppelia T-Strap Sandals by Anthropologie, Stone Frontal Necklace by Lauren Ralph Lauren, Nordstrom, Aztec Bangles by House of Harlow 1960, Nordstrom

Our Hands for Hope Pop Up Shop

by Alicia Fischer, Communications @ Our Hands For Hope

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we set up shop at the CornerStone Sonoma along highway 121 in Sonoma, California. We were stationed at Potter Green & Co showing our knits in all their wonderful colors, displaying how to wear them, and telling the story of how  they are created and brought to you straight from Peru.

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There was a great response to the event, and even made a second appearance the next day! Check out some photos around the beautiful CornerStone Sonoma and see how our knits blend in beautifully to complement the scenery.

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Terisa manning our table and telling the history of our knits.

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Some great shots of Tom, who works with Nina, owner at Potter Green, showing off how his personal style blends with some of our knits.

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Want us to host a pop up shop in your area? Get in touch with us if you think your community would benefit from some soft and cozy alpaca knitwear for this chilly winter season.

Happy Holidays, and stay warm!

Stay Warm!

by Cinthya Rubio, Marketing and Communications Director

With love from Our Hands For Hope

so when you are cold from the inside out, and don't know what to do, remember love and friendship, and warmth will come to you.

It’s #CinplySaturday

After the Harvest Comes the Chill

By Alicia Fischer, Communications Director

Harvest in the valley is a wonderful time of year. People come together to pick their crops, press the grapes, and reap the benefits of the year’s production. The air is filled with a hint of vinegar as the new grapes ferment, and workers, families, and friends come together to celebrate another successful season.

Depending on what you’re going for, harvest time can range from September until November. In Napa Valley, harvest time is usually warm, with the sun setting earlier and clinging to the last days of summer before things start to cool down. After the harvest comes the chill, and this year we are fully prepared for when the fog rolls in and blankets the vines in its soft, dewy mist.

Sounds like it’s time to bundle up and get cozy! Check out our knits that are perfect for snuggling into winter. Bring on the cold!

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Gala, One of the Knitters at Our Hands For Hope.

By: Cinthya Rubio, Marketing Director @ Our Hands For Hope

Gala, age 50 from Trujillo, Peru was affected with polio as a child. This has left her with a life long, leg disability. She is a single mother with a 17 year old daughter, Michella. Despite her disability, Gala has always had a smile on her face and a very positive attitude, which she has gracefully passed on to her daughter.

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Meet Gala, she is one of the Our Hands For Hope knitters from Trujillo, Peru.

Over the years, Gala’s health problems have increased, one of her kneecaps has made it more difficult for her to move around. The only way for her to relieve some of the pain is to have knee surgery, but with a very limited income she has had to put this procedure off.

Today, with the help of Our Hands for Hope she is part of a network of women that have the sole objective of working together and helping each other. Violeta, our Peruvian coordinator, sent word about Gala’s need for surgery and asked if we would be willing to increase one of our orders by just five items… The women had come together offering to hand knit the extra pieces and donate their earnings to cover the cost of Gala’s surgery. Together, the women have created beautiful alpaca knits and have raised enough money to pay for her surgery!

Here is a video that Gala’s family sent to us:

Gala has received  the needed surgery and is recovering nicely. Gala’s story warms our heart, seeing how our knitting community came together to help her is priceless. But none of this would be possible without you. With your purchases, we are helping women help themselves.

Behind the Essence of NapaStyle

By: Alicia Fischer, Communications @ Our Hands For Hope

A few weeks ago the team was excited to get a special invitation from NapaStyle
to be featured in their September catalog.

NapaStyle is a store based out of Yountville dedicated to showcasing the essence of Napa Valley and the uniqueness of living in wine country. It is brought to life by the mind and culinary mastery of Chef Michael Chiarello whose cooking revolves around the simplicity of wine country living. NapaStyle features items from food to cooking accessories and decor that encompass what it means to live in Napa Valley, and we are thrilled to be included as one of those items!

With harvest happening around the valley, these knits and colors pair perfectly for the long, increasingly cooler nights that lay ahead as we celebrate the 2013 harvest season.

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Here is a behind-the-scenes look at our NapaStyle shoot featuring model Courtney Erin Pierce wearing our Anita Snood, Emelda Scarf, Felicity Wrap, and Cusco Beanie.

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Check out NapaStyle to see some of their amazing products, including a few
from Our Hands for Hope!

Put on Display in Napa Valley

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By: Alicia Fischer, Communications @ Our Hands For Hope Tucked back in the beautiful hills of Mt. Veeder, Hess Collection is a Napa Valley winery known for its serene location, famous art collection, and vibrant wines. Not only does it harvest … Continue reading