Tuesday, October 24, 2006

October Recap

It’s that time again, kids. That’s right, time to show you my contribution this round to Caps for a Cure. I’ve managed to finish four this time. I have a Shedir on the needles, but I’m just on round twenty-one and doubt it will be completed in time.

In purple Woolease, we have Odessa without beads and with beads it is the Black Sea Hat. This is the sixth Odessa I have knit. Whenever I want to knit a chemo cap and don’t have a pattern in mind, I knit an Odessa without beads. I like to knit some of the hats with the beads, and some without. My bead supply for hats is running low. Poor, me, I’ll have to go bead shopping soon. The next time I knit the Black Sea Hat I will knit it deeper/taller. Generally speaking, I’ve been knitting big chemo caps. It would seem that my head is a bit on the big side. I cannot go to my local mass merchandiser and pick up a floppy straw hat to shade myself from the sun. I just don’t find one to fit me. Consequently, I knit these chemo caps a bit on the large side. I know that I’m not the only one who has a head that is a bit biggish, and I want to make sure that there is an option amongst the other chemo caps that will fit. I also know that this means that there will be people who pick up one of my caps to try on and discover that it is way too big. I figure too big is better than too small.

The blue Cotton-Ease hat is Coronet. This pattern is very similar to the Cap with Turk’s Head Cuff by Charlene Schurch in her excellent book, Hats On! I knit it in honor of my uncle who has been recently diagnosed with lung cancer. It’s wrapped around a lung, spread to the liver, and also on his spine. Time is short for him; I pray he does not suffer much.

The light pink one is inspired by a hat by Judy Gibson. It isn’t quite what I was going for, so I’ll just have to keep tweaking the pattern. I should have kept notes. I liked knitting the hat top down and experimenting. I would like to be able to work it out so that I can write out the pattern and contribute that to the group. Anyway, I later steam blocked the hat some and this helped smooth things out a bit.

I need to get a mannequin head for photographing hats. I think this would help to show the hats a bit better. I know that they look better when I try them on or get someone to be my model. I may try looking at the local Sally Beauty store to try and find one of those heads.


  1. Does the button on your sidebar that says October Birthday mean that you had a birthday this month, too? Is so, Happy B-Day, whatever day it falls on. :)

    Sorry to hear about your uncle. I also hope he does not suffer.

    Your hats are beautiful! I love the pink one you designed -- very cute and different. Most of my hats turn out smallish, and I have a small head (I'm sure it is plum full of brains, though, LOL) so it all works out with a variety of sizes. Great work!

  2. Anonymous10:50 AM

    I'm really sorry to hear about your uncle. I pray for him to have peace and be as comfortable as he can.

    Like Becky, I think the hats are wonderful and I love the one you designed yourself. I didn't know Schurch did a hat book as well, I'll have to look for that because I LOVE LOVE LOVE her sock book and have made a ton of socks from it.

  3. Now that's some hats! Being one of those with a big head I tend to make my hats also on the larger side.

  4. I purchased a foam mannequin head from ebay very inexpensively even after the shipping.

    Your hats look great!

  5. The hats are lovely! The Black Sea hat is so pretty with the beads :-)