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We’re being treated to another little heat wave here in New Hampshire after being spoiled by several cool, almost fall-like days last week. Sometime during high school (like 30 years ago, shhh!) I realized that fall is my favorite time of year. September and October especially are my favorite months. The daylight hours are growing shorter each day, and as the temps begin to fall, we’ll begin pulling those hats out of closets and drawers to keep our heads warm.

But there are adults and children undergoing chemotherapy who need those hats all year long, not just in the fall and winter months (but especially in the fall and winter months). Please consider giving a little of your crafting time to knitting or crocheting (or sewing!) a hat for Halos of Hope. Plus, when you purchase my Seeded Rib Hat pattern, all of the profits (after Ravelry and PayPal fees) are donated to Halos of Hope as well, to help cover shipping costs. (Just $10 sends 31 hats!)

  • SeededRibCollage72You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.
  • Get more information about Halos of Hope here, or make a monetary donation here.
  • If you make any hats, you can use this search tool to find a Halos of Hope donation site near you. Patternworks is an official donation location as well – you can mail finished hats to Patternworks, Attn: Halos of Hope, P.O. Box 1618, Center Harbor NH 03226.

Important Information:

  • Hats must be made from very soft yarns (or fabrics). Some excellent yarn choices are Jeannee Worsted, Pacific, Wooly Worsted, and Berroco Vintage. Choosing machine-washable yarn is strongly recommended, as patients may not be used to caring for handknits.
  • Hats must be no less than 16″ and no more than 22″ in circumference. Sizing is very important for bald heads!
  • If the yarn used contains any wool, please attach a note to the hat stating this, since many patients have extremely sensitive skin.
  • Don’t think of the hat as just a “chemo cap” – think of it as a hat the recipient will wear and enjoy long after their treatment has ended.
  • Be sure to read the complete guidelines for hat donations here.
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There’s been quite a bit of casting on this year, but not a lot of finishing (and some finishing I can’t share just yet).

First up, a pair of socks I finished back in March. These are Confetti Rib Socks, my own design for the Patternworks Toe-Up Sock of the Month Club, knit using Frolicking Feet DK yarn by Done Roving Yarns. The pattern is currently available only to members of the club. See all the details about this project on my Ravelry project page.

Pattern is now available on Ravelry!
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900394_ToeUpSOM_squarePhoto by Evelyn S. Lamprey

Next, also finished in March, the Effortless Cardigan (design by Hannah Fettig), knit using Miss Babs Yowza Whatta Skein. Get the deets on my project page.

EffortlessOn(pardon the bathroom mirror selfie at Mom & Dad’s house)

Not all that impressive, but still an FO, a teatowel. Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (hey, it’s on sale on the Patternworks Yarn Bargain Bin while supplies last!). I may eventually write up the pattern (well, I have it written up, I may eventually publish it on Ravelry). Should be able to get two of these out of one cone of Sugar ‘n Cream. Details here.

teatowel

I also made one for my Mom, in red. (Still listed as a WIP on Ravelry because I originally planned to make two.)

mom teatowel

I also made some footies for Mom, using Miriam Felton’s Footie Socks pattern and Patons Stretch Socks yarn (I am very sad this yarn is discontinued – you can still find it, but they’re not making it anymore). These socks are the first low-cut footies that don’t slip off my Mom’s heels. Miriam is a designer genius! (The construction is very similar to the footies I improvised for myself last summer, but Miriam really made it work so much better.)

mom footiesUnfortunately I didn’t get a real FO shot. Just the first finished sock, propped on the cat and me in my pajamas.

I needed a simple project to knit on while working at the Patternworks booth at Interweave Knitting Lab back in May, so I cast on a pair of fingerless gloves with some Koigu KPPPM I had hanging around. Pattern is available free with purchase of KPPPM from Patternworks.

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I also did some spinning – this is Mad Color Fiber Arts merino/bamb0o/nylon roving that I spun into ridiculously fine singles and Navajo-plied. This is the after-dinner mint colorway.

mad color afterdinnermint

And then I knit it into a baby hat!

babyhat

And then I was on a roll with spinning, so I spun another braid of Mad Color, same fiber content, in the passion flower colorway. Large skein is 2-ply, mini-skein is the leftovers of the second bobbin Navajo plied (it was completely green except for one teeny, weeny pop of purple, which is now knitted into my sock yarn blankie in progress).

madcolor purplegreen

My active WIPs currently include a Pathways Pullover in DungarEase, a Garter Trap shawl-ish thingie, a pair of socks for the toe-up club that I can’t show you yet, and a pair of Seeded Rib Socks for car-knitting.

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