Category Archives: Hats

Knitting again!

You know that I must be sick when I don’t want to knit. After several bad months, I have improved enough that I’m knitting again–and it’s good! My first project was this hat, whipped up in two days. Now I’m making several items for Christmas gifts.

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Playing with colors

To keep my yarn stash manageable, sometimes I must look through the boxes and pick out small amounts of yarn and knit them into hats. It’s rather fun, actually, finding colors that go together. Here are five recent projects.IMG_4944

Neon colors!

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Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I posted anything, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been knitting. I’ve made lots of “Texas” dish cloths (see previous post) as thank-you gifts for friends. Some of them liked the cloths so well that they wanted more to give as gifts to their friends.

The photo shows the top of a beret made for a friend. The yarn is Simply Soft, and the colors are Neon Coral and Neon Yellow, although that is really green, so I wonder whether the label was wrong. I enjoyed knitting with these wild colors, and I hope my friend enjoys wearing it.

Confession time

It’s time for me to ‘fess up and say that I’m the lady who has cancer. Since posting photos of the three cancer caps, I have had 12 weeks of chemotherapy and will soon start radiation.

I asked two cancer doctors whether I’d lose my hair, and both said “yes,” not “maybe.” But I still have much of my hair–too much to shave off! So, I haven’t worn the cancer caps or any of my nice scarves.

I spent my summer going to doctors, having treatments, and knitting. I made an apricot-colored sweater with some old wool yarn; I’ll wear it around the house this winter. I made six “Texas” dish cloths for friends and neighbors who helped me after my surgery, items for my two charity projects, and other miscellaneous things. This was truly therapy knitting.

This photo shows the items for one of my charity projects. These 14 caps, mostly made with small amounts of leftover yarn, will be Christmas gifts for the residents of subsidized housing: ten men and four women. They have rather low-paying jobs and can’t afford cars, so they must walk to and from the bus stop and the places where they work. I wanted to brighten their lives a little and help them to stay warm this winter.

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Another cancer cap

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The lady with cancer needed a cap to go with her blue jeans, so here it is. With her three caps, she should have one to go with every outfit.

Cancer caps

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These caps are for a lady who thinks that a wig would be too hot in the summer.
The pink flower is crocheted and sewn to the cap with a button.
A cancer cap should fit more snugly than a cap that goes over the hair and can be made with lighter-weight yarn for comfort.

Forest green cap with an unusual pattern

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This cap was rather challenging because of the intricate pattern, but I like the finished product. Click on the photo for a close-up of the pattern.

Cotton beret

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This was a custom project for a friend who wanted a cotton beret for summer. She likes bright colors and found this great green in a cotton yarn.

Charity knitting

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This year, I’m knitting for two charities, so I have to get an early start. I need to send one batch of items to Illinois before the weather gets too cold. The others will be given as Christmas gifts here in Texas.
This photo shows some of my finished caps. Some are made from small amounts of leftover yarn. I’ve also made several scarves and pairs of mittens.

Amazing!

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I had two skeins of Lion Brand’s “Amazing” yarn (same color, Regatta, and same dye lot).
With the first one, I made the beret for my post of February 20, 2014 (below).
The second skein started at a different place in the sequence of colors, so I made the same beret pattern again, to see how it would turn out.
I’m amazed at how different it is, but it is actually brighter than the photos show it. Top photo, under side; bottom photo, top side.