I am a big believer is using little indulgences for self-care. I think it's important to do something nice for yourself every day, just to promote that sense of well-being and comfort. In winter, one aspect of that is staying warm. My husband and I each have our personal blankets and snuggies that we curl up in to read or watch TV or just to sip on tea and listen to music. I think this is in line with the Danish principle of hygge and it makes perfect sense to me. Especially at home. Home should always be about comfort and peace; an escape from the rest of the world that whirls by crazily. This free pattern is perfect for that.
Cancer is a mean, rotten, ugly bastard. For the most part, words escape me when I think of cancer and what it has done to people I love. My mom defeated it more than 20 years ago and is still alive and well. Her husband, my stepdad, didn't win that battle and he has been gone 10 years now. My mom and I were his caregivers to the very last minute. One of the hardest things I've ever done, but I am so glad I was there.
Now, my husband's daughter has breast cancer-stage 4. She is just way too young to have to deal with all that. Her kids are way too young, her husband is way too young. She is beautiful and brave and fights like hell to defeat this cancer monster. Our hearts, prayers, thoughts...are all with her every day.
It is so hard to see your children suffer and feel helpless to do anything about it. So I did what little bit I could to add a little warm fuzziness to her battle. I knitted chemo caps. I wish it was more. I'm putting the patterns here for anyone else who might want to use them. For Kelly, bravely battling to slay the cancer dragon. We love you.
Multicolored Chemo Cap, 1.3 MB, PDF
Twisted Rib Chemo Cap, 1.3 MB, PDF
I just added a new pattern to my Ravelry store, Neenie Makes. I call it Leaves of Fall because I used a falling leaf lace pattern for the design and Knit Picks Swish Tonal in Goldrush, which reminds me of the colors of fall leaves. I love this tonal yarn because of the subtle color differences throughout.
One skein (220 yds) was all it took for both the cowl and the ear warmers (headband). The cowl is about 22" around and 8" wide and can easily worn draped loosely around the neck or pinned with a shawl pin.
The ear warmers (headband) are about 21" around and 4" wide. By estimating the gauge of one repeat of the leaf pattern, you can easily change the size of the cowl or ear warmers by adding or subtracting repeats. The pattern includes both cowl and ear warmer and can be purchased for $5.50.
Hi there! I am Jeannine.
I believe that a holistic and balanced approach to life is a must when living with an autoimmune disease. I share gluten and dairy free recipes and all the other things I do here. I just like doing stuff and making stuff.
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