Bring On the Purple!

Yesterday, I found out about a charity collecting purple newborn hats.  I might have been standing in the yarn aisle of a craft store, talking with a fellow crocheter/knitter while selecting yarn I really don’t need and don’t have room for.  Maybe.  It depends on who is asking.

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What Do You Do With Yarn Cakes?


Once upon a time, I was at a craft store and bought one of those yarn cakes.  They are so popular I wanted to give one a try.  And the colors were pretty.  I’m a sucker for blues.


I brought the yarn cake home and it sat in a prominent place in my yarn closet.

What are you supposed to make with these things, anyway?

The weeks turned into months before I picked it up, determined to use it.

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April Showers Bring Crochet Flowers

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It’s April 27th and I have 25 1/2 hats made.

I’ll confess, I’ve been having trouble focusing on the project.  Hats are wonderful to make when it’s warm and sunny and I only have one eye for my knitting because I’m keeping one eye on the kids while they play outside.  But, we have had an unusually rainy month and I have spent too many days stuck inside with stir-crazy kids.  Knitting hats has gotten a bit boring.

Fortunately, I have a related project to work on.

A friend of my Mom’s made a heartfelt request that I make some chemo hats with beautiful flowers.   When she was undergoing treatment she wanted one, but they were all being sold for profit and were too expensive.

I’m not really a flower-on-hat type person, so I decided to make some flower brooches which can be put on any hat, on a scarf, or wherever the wearer wants.

I found these three five seven lovely flower patterns online.  I have links to all the patterns.

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April Goals Update

It’s April 18th.  Despite it being an awfully busy month so far, I have made 20 hats!  I am well on my way to meeting my goal of 30, to donate to cancer patients, by the end of the month.


I always let the hats pile up and then sew in the ends all at once.

In other very exciting news, my sister successfully completed the Boston Marathon yesterday!

Box o’ Hats

As follow up to Stress Knitting, I recently mailed these 65 preemie hats to an NICU nurse friend.  I have already started filling another box.  Nobody warned me how relaxing knitting on double pointed needles can be once you get the hang of it!

I used double strands of dk/sport/light yarn and 6.5 mm needles.  Some of the yarns are Lion Brand Ice Cream Yarn, Lion Brand Jamie Yarn, and Stitch Studio by Nicole (AC Moore brand) Picnic and Bamboo Yarns.