Monday, February 29, 2016

Chemo Caps Complete

Here are the chemo caps I made over the last couple of weeks, 20 of them.  All ready to take to Susan at OSuzannah's Yarn on Union tomorrow, March 1.

I have been asked by several people why I am making the caps.  I am not participating in any knitting thing to make the caps.  I just do it periodically.  I have also made preemie hats before.  I make gifts for people, and for raffles.  I just do it.  I never thought about "why".  I guess sometimes I just feel like I need to give back, to help someone else when I can.  Like my cup is so full that it spills over and I can't help it.  It feels good, it will benefit someone else.  I don't need anyone to know I do these things, and the wearer will never know who contributes what hat.

I thought I would share this particular knitting project on my blog and on facebook so any of my local friends that also wanted to make a hat, would know I was doing it, and I would make sure the hats get where they need to go.

So anyway, here are the hats.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Bee Hive Hat Pattern

Here is a quick hat pattern that is just so cute.  I made two of these today and I am in love.  I so wish I could wear hats.  My hair is just so long and thick that any hat just pushes right up off the top of my head.

Anyway as many of you know by now I am making chemo caps until the end of Feb.  **All my local friends** if you would like to join me in knitting or crocheting caps for chemo patients, just give them to me by March 1. I am taking all caps that I make/collect to Susan at OSuzannah's Yarn on Union and Susan will make sure they get where they need to go. Or if you prefer, drop them off at OSuzannah's yourself and you can take a look at the wonderful yarn she has at her shop, you will love it! So thanks to everyone that decides to help out, even 1 hand knit or crocheted hat will be helpful! Remember deadline is March 1. THANKS!





Here is the pattern for the Bee Hive Hat

Materials: Size 4 circular needle, Size 6 circular and DPN. 1 Stitch marker, and a tapestry needle
1 ball of encore DK yarn or any DK weight yarn (150 yards)

Gauge 8 stitches = 2 inches

CO-cast on
K-knit
P-purl
K2tog-Knit 2 together
P2tog-Purl 2 together

CO 66 stitches using size 4 needle, place stitch marker and join in the round.  K in round until piece measures 2 inches.

Switch to size 6 needle
Round 1-4: P
Round 5-8: K
Repeat rounds 1-8 5 more times.
(If you want the hat to be longer, like a slouchy hat just keep repeating rounds 1-8 as many times as you like)

Decrease (switch to DPN when needed)
Round 1: *P2tog, P7, repeat from * around
Round 2: P
Round 3: *P2tog, P6, repeat from * around
Round 4: P
Round 5: *K2tog, K5, repeat from * around
Round 6: K
Round 7: * K2tog, K4, repeat from * around
Round 8: K
Round 9: *P2tog, P3, repeat from * around
Round 10: P
Round 11: *P2tog, P2, repeat from * around
Round 12: P
Round 13: *K2tog, K1, repeat from * around
Round 14: K
Round 15: K2tog around
Cut yarn leaving 6 inch tail.  Thread tail onto tapestry needle and slip through all remaining stitches.  Place tapestry needle through the hole in the top to the inside of the hat and pull tight.  Tie off and weave in all loose ends.

I also worked this in a worsted weight yarn, you can see that below.  For this I used size 6 and size 8 needles, gauge 9 stitches = 2 inches. I decreased the CO stitches to 62 but otherwise the pattern was exactly the same.  I also want to note that when decreasing, a few times, there were one or two extra stitches at the end of the rounds. I just knitted/purled those.  The decrease rounds didn't always come out exactly even, but it made no difference in the pattern.



Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Photo

OK I saved one photo from earlier this week to share today as my Friday Photo. My favorite shot.


This is a cooperative blogging project so if you would like to see Nancy's Friday Photo, visit her blog, A Present Moment.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Eyelet Slouchy Hat

This is a chemo cap I made this past weekend.  For those of you that don't know, I am taking 2 weeks and making as many chemo caps as I can.  If you are a local friend  and you would like to join me in knitting or crocheting caps for chemo patients, just give them to me by March 1. I am taking all caps that I make/collect to Susan at OSuzannah's Yarn on Union and Susan will make sure they get where they need to go. Or if you prefer, drop them off at OSuzannah's yourself and you can take a look at the wonderful yarn she has at her shop, you will love it! So thanks to everyone that decides to help out, even 1 hand knit or crocheted hat will be helpful! Remember deadline is March 1. THANKS!

This hat is a pattern I made myself so I thought I would share it here.



Materials: Circular and/or DP needles size 6 and 8, we will be knitting in the round. Tapestry needle.  Yarn used is 1 skein/220 yards of Splatter Dash Color #022.  But any worsted or DK weight yarn will work fine, this is a superwashed merino wool.
Gauge: 18 stitches = 2 inches using larger needles


Using size 6 needle CO 90 st
Place marker and join in the round
Round 1: K
Round 2: P
Round 3: K
Round 4: P
Round 5-7: K
Round 8-10: Repeat rounds 2-4
Round 11-13: K
Rounds 14-16: Repeat rounds 2-4

Change to size 8 needles for the body of the hat

Round 1-10: K
Round 11: *YO, K2Tog, repeat from * around
Round 12-21: K
Round 22: Repeat round 11
Round 23-32: K
Round 33: Repeat round 11
Round 34-43: K
Round 44: Repeat round 11.
Round 45-49: K

Decrease for top of hat, continuing with size 8 needle, switch to DPN when needed.
Round 1: * K2Tog, K3, repeat from * around.
Round 2-5: K
Round 6: * K2Tog, K2, repeat from * around
Round 7-9: K
Round 10: *K2Tog, K1, repeat from * around
Round 11 and 12: K
Round 13: K2Tog around
Round 14: K
Round 15: K2Tog around

Cut yarn leaving about a 6 inch tail.  Thread a tapestry needle onto the tail.  Using the tapestry needle slip all remaining stitches onto the tail yarn.  Insert tapestry needle through the hole in the top of the hat from the outside to the inside.  Turn hat inside out.  Pull tail yarn tight, and slip a small knot.  Weave in your ends and you are done.

~If you would like a "longer" hat, with more slouch, just repeat rows 33 to 43 as many times as you have yarn for.  Then move on to row 44 and on through the end.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Icy Winter Wonderland

Sleet yesterday and freezing rain last night have made for slick roads and a beautiful backyard.  So be careful if you have to drive anywhere, and take just a minute to enjoy the power and beauty of this morning.

It feels and sounds like a rain storm out there as temperatures rise, but the amazingly bright sunshine hitting the icy wonderland is just beautiful.  Here are just a few shots, although it doesn't do the natural beauty justice, so if you have the opportunity, go outside and enjoy.





















Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Photo

Spending this chilly afternoon in front of the fire.


To see Nancy's Friday Photo, visit A Present Moment.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Photo-Memories of Winter

Don't you just love kids and winter and the combination of the two.  My boys love the snow, well I should clarify, they love snow here in North Carolina, where the temps hover around freezing, so we have wet snow, perfect for sledding.  When they were younger they hated to see the snow melt.  And with the temps hovering around freezing, I don't think we have ever had any snow last more than a few days.  So they would capture that winter feeling by keeping a snow ball frozen in our freezer.



Fast forward to yesterday. I was reaching for something in the freezer and noticed a mason jar labeled January 17, 2008.  Of course I label everything that goes into the freezer.  I pulled it out and it was a snow ball.  Too funny.  An eight year old snow ball.  Of course both boys were OK getting rid of that snow ball now.  But it was nice to remember those times when they were younger, even for just a minute. I am sure there are other snow balls in the freezer, way in the back somewhere, just waiting to make an appearance.

This is a cooperative blogging post, so if you want to see what Nancy's Friday Photo is, visit her blog, A Present Moment.