Last year, just before Christmas, my friend Mary found out that she had a brain tumor and that it was cancer. It's been an up and down year for her, her family, and her friends. I got to see her when I was in Colorado this last October. I'm so glad I did. Since then, she has gone into hospice care. It's a wonderful place...I just wish she didn't have to go there.
I recently started knitting her another chemo hat with a matching cowl and, now that she's in hospice, I've been in a rush to get it done and in the mail. Here's a peek before I box it up and send it to her...
The set is made with Cotton Ease in the color "Lake 110". It was hard to get a picture that shows the true color but these are sort of close. I used size 7 needles. The hat pattern is one that I've used many times. But, I added this adorable rose that was inspired from "The Elusive Blue Rose Hat" pattern that I found on Ravelry. I made the rose separately by casting on 35 and knitting stockinette stitch for 13 rows, binding off, twirling it around, stitching it together, and then stitching it onto the hat. I really like how it turned out.
The cowl is made with the Knitpicks "Georgian Lace Cap" pattern, minus the crown shaping. I made one a few months ago and loved it so much that I decided to make another. I bet I'll make even more of them in the future.
Mary is the mom of my good friend, Tammi. We met in high school over 30 years ago. I instantly felt comfortable with them and have thought of them as family ever since. Mary is a wonderful person...strong, inspiring, positive, intelligent, fun and she has a big heart. I love her so much! I hope this small gift will help her to know that. It's a hug for you, Mary!
P.S. I just steam blocked the cowl and it looks even better. No time for pictures though. I need to get it packed up and in the mail.