My friend texted me last Friday night and asked if I would by chance be willing to make her mom some hats, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Of course I couldn’t say no, and so I started looking for some patterns on Ravelry. I found several I liked and then debated about what yarn, recently I’ve been extra sensitive to fabrics, well just about anything. So I questioned if wool was really the right choice. So I decided to go with cotton, and Elann has a yarn called Esprit. Its mostly cotton, but has a tad bit of elasticity to it. And a lot of the chemo caps I liked on Ravelry were knit with it. So I ordered late on Saturday but Wednesday my yarn arrived and i cast on to knit a turban. The pattern originally called for knitting a 40″ strip and then grafting it together, then sewing an 8″ seam. But I didn’t like the idea of a seam on a bald sensitive head, so instead I did a provisional cast on, knit for 24″, then picked up the stitches from the provisional cast on, knit it together for 8″ and then grafted the end close, and wallah! a turban without a seam. I like it. Although I don’t like the pictures that actually show my face, I look tired and rough and I need to go on a bike ride terribly and get some spring back in my step.
So for the next several weeks I’ll be knitting chemo caps, because you need more than one.
May I take this moment to remind you women to get a mammogram every year, and if you aren’t to the age they’ll do one yet, do self-exams. The quicker breast cancer is caught the more likely its curable, and that is the most important thing, that one fights cancer and win.