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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Chemo Hat

I have a dear friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast cancer is a terrible thing. OK...all cancer is a terrible thing. Breast cancer is especially terrible. First, you have your breasts amputated. For many women (and their husbands) breasts are a part of your sexuality and a source of sexual pleasure. Part of the image of who you are as a woman.

Next. A year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments to try to kill the rest of the cancer. As a result my friend will lose her hair. Fortunately, she is a strong willed person with a positive attitude and has a supportive and loving husband. I feel confident that she will make it through this and pray for her recovery.

To help in a tangible way (as prayers are intangible), I have made a hat for her. Chemo hats need to be soft and without seams.

I used the pattern from this web site: Confessions of a Maniacal Thrower

Made with a soft merino, cashmere blend from Cascade Yarns. Cash Vero. It was a pleasure to knit with. Soft and buttery. And ended up with a lovely hat.


  1. My father said: "You lose your health, you lose everything."

    He forgot about friends and family. Your friend is immeasurably better off because of people like you, and I don't even know you. But it comes through your words all the same.

    How have you been?

    I've enjoyed your comments on Althouse lately.

    You should stop by Trooper York's sometime, just for old time's sake.

  2. Why thank you so much!

    I've been wonderful. Less stress. Beautiful weather. Happy days. Life seems so good for me right now, which is why I felt that I need to do something for my friend for whom life is not very good right now. As we know. Life isn't fair.

    I visit at Troopers and get a good laugh almost every day. Just don't comment that much.