What Do You Do With Yarn Cakes?

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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.

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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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K’s Chemo Sun Hat Pattern

 

IMG_8265.JPGI made these two sun hats as chemo caps for a relative who is fighting cancer for the second time.  It’s a small gesture, but I wanted something I could get into the mail quickly.

The primary pattern in this post is for the gold and white hat.  The blue and white hat is a modification of my Striped Sun Hat.  I included directions for the blue hat, as well as patterns for the flower pins, at the end.

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The Quest for The Perfect Flower: Evolution of a Pattern

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Happy May Day!

What better way to celebrate than with a rainbow of flowers?

I decided to make the “perfect” flower pattern.  I wanted it to look nice in one, two, or three colors, work up pretty quickly, and be easy enough for me to memorize the pattern.

It took me a few tries to get a pattern I love, but every flower I made along the way is pretty.  I think the progression is kind of cool.  I included separate directions for each flower.

Please let me know if you find any errors.  I tend to be a perfectionist.  If I proofread everything as well as I would like to, I would never get around to posting anything.

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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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