The randomly-chosen winner of my cheeky Atlas Shrug contest was Lisa Gutierrez, of goodknits and omgknits. If you haven’t checked out her blog or her Etsy shop, you should. The photography is beautiful, and she sells these tiny doily pins that are freaking adorable.
Along with her skein of Manos Wool Clasica (in Citric, a colorway close to my own heart), Lisa asked me to knit a cap to donate to a cancer treatment center. She probably didn’t know it at the time, but that’s a cause that’s also close to me. I’m a two-time leukemia survivor, and I swear to kittens sometimes during the Chemo Years the only thing I could stand to put on my naked, sensitive head was one of my mom’s handknit hats. My own treatment center here in Flint is usually pretty flush with hats, but Lisa introduced me to headhuggers.org, which distributes hats to cancer treatment centers that need them. Win!
(So what hat pattern should use to knit or crochet a chemo cap? Do you have a favorite? Share!)
And then I realized that I have at least five unblogged finished hats sitting on my Ravelry projects page. Let’s knock a few of them out right now! I knit all three of these hats in 2009, gave them away, and completely forgot to blog about them.
First, Rose Red by Ysolda Teague. (Remember January 2009 when I still bothered trying to look serious? Good times.)
I love this pattern. It’s quick and pretty, and has just the right amount of slouch. Love. I gave this one away to a pink-loving friend, but I obviously need to make another for myself.
And third, another of Kirsten’s patterns that I changed up a bit. Her super-popular Thorpe is a simple earflap hat knit in chunky yarn. I just switched out the colorwork chart and skipped the garter stitch trim.
Aaaand the end of 2009, when I’d given up on pretending to be a Serious Model.