Charity knitting

IMG_4587 (2)¬†Since fall is here, it’s time to send my box of knitted items to the shelter for battered and homeless women and their children in Illinois. This year’s contribution includes two scarves, eight adult caps, two child caps, and a small pair of mittens.

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Butterfly time!

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Summer is the time for butterflies, and I decided to design and knit a butterfly dish cloth for a friend who loves butterflies. It took three or four attempts before I was happy with my design, although perhaps it looks more like a moth than a butterfly.

It’s been a long time since my last post, but I haven’t been idle. I’ve made two baby sweaters and a baby afghan, among other things. I’ve also been working on the hats and scarves for the shelter for battered women in Illinois. I’ll send my annual box of donations in early fall before it gets too cold there.

What to do . . . ?

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What do you do with two yarns that look good together, but there’s not enough of either one for a sweater? I solved my problem with this jacket and added decorative clasps for good measure.

Red tulip for spring

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While knitting a yellow dish cloth, I got the idea for one with a tulip pattern.

We’re not done with winter yet, but spring and red tulips are coming before long.

It might be fun to make dish cloths in all the tulip colors–pink, lavender, yellow, orange, purple.

Two prayer shawls for church

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I recently finished a cream-colored prayer shawl that will be nice for a woman and a sage green one with just a hint of pattern for a masculine look.

Notice a few spots of sunlight on the green one. After many dark days, the sun finally came out when this photo was taken.

Just out of curiosity, I figured out how many stitches went into the green one. It’s an astounding 23,310!

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.