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.
I am trying a new stitch for a cowl/hood design that I am working on. The gather stitch is simpler than it looks. You create the gathered effect by using different sized needles combined with increases and decreases, all with simple knit and purl stitches. If you know how to make 1 by knitting through the front and back of a stitch and how to knit two together, you could easily knit this stitch.
I just added a new pattern to my Ravelry store. I call it Leaves of Summer Knitted Hat and Cowl. I converted a traditional back and forth lace pattern to a circular knitted pattern for a mini-cowl (16 inches in circumference) and a matching hat. This pattern is made with Knit Picks Swish Tonal in the color Canopy. It knits up quickly and I made it from one 220 yd skein. However, I had only about 3 yards of yarn left when I finished, so you might want to buy two skeins just to be safe.
We've had a good monsoon season--lots of rain. That means lots of time for me to work inside rather than outside, so I have three new patterns almost ready for my Ravelry store. I love all the cowls that are in style now, but I don't want two yards of knitted fabric hanging around my neck, so these cowls are smaller, ranging from 16" to 22" in circumference. Almost like a necklace.
Leaves of Summer Knitted Cowl was inspired by all the greenery around us this year and my desire to try my hand at a lace knitting pattern that looks like leaves. I guess it appealed to my gardening DNA. I chose a worsted yarn because I wanted something that was quick to knit, but I plan to try it again in a lighter yarn. I love the tonal colors of the Knit Picks yarn.
Leaves of Fall Knitted Cowl was inspired by another leaf design lace pattern called 'Falling Leaves'. When I saw the golden shades of this Knit Picks tonal yarn, I had to have it. Sometimes it is the yarn first, and the pattern later to justify the purchase. Sorry, honey....you married a fiber addict.
The third pattern, Scarf Squared, was one that just intrigued me. No lace stitch here, but very symmetrical and a pattern that could be unisex if you know any guys that would wear a cowl. I used Berroco Weekender yarn for this one. It has a wonderful drape and feel to it and I plan to use it more often, especially for anything summery.
These should be up on my Ravelry store, Neenie Makes, within the next couple of weeks. I'm still tweaking the patterns and pictures, but am excited about the finished products.
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1982 and have been gluten free ever since. I went dairy free two years ago. I share recipes, DIY projects and crafts, gardening tips, life philosophies and thoughts on this blog. This is just my story. In no way should it be taken as medical advice because every individual is different. There are also a few affiliate links for products I use and recommend. I make a tiny amount of money if you buy something and it in no way changes the price you pay.
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