Friday, November 26, 2010

Helllloooooo.. time to make caps

Did you miss me?  Hee, hee.  I've been busy, busy, busy, but I am still knitting away (just too busy to blog).  After finishing up a few more stockings for Operation Holiday Stocking and mailing them off, I found a new project which has me rather enthralled... caps for folks undergoing chemotherapy. 

Several months ago, my long lost friend Kerri mentioned Head Huggers (they make chemo caps for folks) as a knit-along/charity project we could do together.  I liked the idea and made a few hats.  Before I could mail them off, a gal I know (Mrs. C) was diagnosed with breast cancer. She shaved her head before her hair could fall out and I gave her three caps:
Cap for Mrs. C
Pattern:  Lace Edged Women's Hat
Cap for Mrs. C
Pattern:  Hermione Hearts Ron 
Cap for Mrs. B
Pattern:  Hermione Hearts Ron
Cap for Mrs. C
3AM Cable Hat (in worsted weight)

Cap for Mrs. B
Pattern: 3AM Cable Hat (in DK weight)
Now a gal at work (Mrs. B), within the past month or so, was also diagnosed with breast cancer.  I made three hats for her as well.

I've recently joined a few groups on Ravelry.  One group is called "12 months = 24 hats", another group is called "Halos of Hope", and yet another is called "Hearts of Love". They are just a few of the groups on Ravelry centered around making caps to give away. 

As my local yarn shop was closing down over the past few months, I bought enough Berroco Comfort DK yarn at half price to make at least 20 hats, so that will keep me busy.  When I met Mrs. B for the first time, after I had already given her two hats, I asked her what her favorite color is.  She thought for a moment and said, "Pink!"  Hot dog... I lucked out since I already had a pink hat in progress for her. I must be psychic!   She went on to tell me that her grand daughter will really like the pink hat because pink is the color for breast cancer and God has been making the sunsets pink lately... just for Grandma.  

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Autumn Socks are Complete

Yay!  My Autumn Socks are done.  DONE!
  The pale green reminds me of the Granny Smith apples on my counter top in the kitchen.
The pale yellow reminds me of the golden leaves clinging on the cottonwood trees in my back yard.
The blue and white speckles remind me of white clouds in the bright blue sky on a crisp, cool Autumn day.
The dark green reminds me of the grass clippings all over my laundry room floor...
my son is a good young man and mowed the yard today.

Yarn:  Schoppel Wollle "Ambiente" 
Colorway: Kiwicoctail
Pattern:  "Ribbed Socks for Bigger Feet" by Susan B. Anderson

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Autumn Socks

Love this yarn!
A gal I know, Dawn, opened a knit shop in the town where I work. 
The shop is called "Knitsense".  It's a gorgeous shop.  A sun drenched space, neat and tidy, filled with great yarn. So dangerous that I drive by this shop each & every day on my way home when all I want to do is go home, put up my feet, & knit!   This sock yarn was my purchase on opening day a few weeks ago. This yarn is knitting up nicely I think... the colors remind me of Autumn.

Sagey Cable Cap

Pattern:  "3AM Cable Cap" 
Yarn:  Berroco Comfort DK

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Crimson Cable Cap

I made this hat the other day thinking it might be a nice chemo cap to give away.  A friend at my Thursday knitting group mentioned the yarn might not be soft enough since it does contain about 25% wool. Decided to give the hat to my friend's almost-15-year-old daughter. I was hoping she might find it "cool" or fashionable.  Today, I was leafing through a catalog which showed up in my mail box out of the blue the other day and, wouldn't you know, I found a hat which is quite similar.  Click the LINK HERE and see what I mean.  The clothes in the catalog are quite stylish.   The pattern can be found HERE.  I made this hat once before but I added extra to the ribbing the first time around so the bottom of the hat can be folded up to make a nice brim.  I like this pattern since it's a great use for worsted weight yarn and it knits up really quickly.