This is not one week's worth of work. I've been working on these off and on for a few weeks. It just didn't seem post worthy until I had a few to share.
I've been looking for a good beanie pattern that I could use to make chemo hats for men. Honestly, the only thing that makes a hat a chemo hat vs a regular hat is the yarn used. Bald, sensitive heads want soft yarns. One of my favorites is Feels Like Butta by Lion Brand but all the major yarn makers have an equivalent chain-spun polyester yarn that's exactly like FLB.
I found the Avery Brimless Beanie and gave it a try with some FLB. I started in blue and realized that I didn't have enough so I added some black and finished off with the blue. The stitches are half double crochet, herringbone half double and extended single. I think it's the combo of the special stitches that makes this a pretty classy beanie. It also looks and fits great on a man. After making this one I wanted to try another yarn.
Mandala Ombre is a very soft yarn and it's always in stock at my local Wal-Mart stores. It's really soft and I like it for baby blankets and it's great for soft hats too. I picked up 2 balls. The color Cool made these two hats, both from the same ball of yarn.
These two hats are from the color Mantra. I think they all have a nice masculine look.
I had little bits of yarn left from the other hats and I was able to get one more done. It had lots of ends to weave in but, being scrappy, it's my favorite.
Today I'm taking a friend for surgery and have my hat crochet bag and some gray FLB yarn to work on some more. I've made enough of them now that I have the pattern memorized. After I get my friend home I will drop these off at From The Heart since it's only a couple of miles from her house.
I'm slowly working on the placemats and have been watching my quilting classes in the evening. I need to get to the basement for some more practice Thursday and Friday. I've also been stacking wood. A friend had a big oak fall in the woods on her property and Chris has been harvesting the wood. I help him haul the wood out to the truck and after he splits it I do the stacking. It's pretty good exercise. We were both a little sore last night after bringing home this new load. It was a big tree and we have a couple more loads of wood to bring home for next year's fires. Then we will be on the search for more!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.