Saturday, December 4, 2010

Confession Time

Remember how I said my cousin wanted a black chemo cap as well?  I didn't have any of the yarn in black, so I needed to order more from Elann.  And, I thought, since I was already going to be placing an order, I could do my reward-for-another-year-of-cold-sheeping purchase a bit early.  I had decided that I would allow myself to spend $100 on yarn as a reward.  What I wasn't prepared for was Cyber Monday.  $100 went a tad bit farther than I had expected.
In addition to the new supply of yarn for chemo caps,
they had some great fingering weight merino that will be perfect for an Alice Starmore pattern I've been wanting to make,
and some really soft worsted-weight yarn
that is probably destined for this sweater and a few scarves. 

The good news is, I didn't buy more yarn than I've used up for the year so far, though I wasn't too far off.  However,
there is another finished chemo cap (I had to be doing something while waiting for the 2 1/2 days it took Elann to ship me my new yarn), and the black one is progressing.  I'm going to send the blue one to my cousin as a surprise.  It's a cute pattern, but I won't recommend it to anyone but an advanced knitter as the pattern is wrong as written & has to be changed as one knits to get it to come out correctly.  I'm getting the patterns from the Elann website.  If you visit this link, you should see several free chemo cap patterns at the bottom of the page.  You have to log on to their site to get the patterns, so I can't link directly to them.  But they're all quite cute & available to anyone.  They are designed for Elann Esprit, which is a soft, stretchy sport-weight yarn.  It took a little getting used to, but once you get going with the yarn, it works pretty well.  I thought I'd crank out a few more of these before I have to tally up the NET amount of yarn used for the year.  It will make the number a bit less frightening......

6 comments:

Gaidig said...

Oh no! "Reward" yarn...

Dana KBS said...

I'm glad to hear your cousin is so happy with the Esprit hats. I had bought 5 balls back when my loved one was diagnosed and confirmed she would have chemo. just finished my first "pi topper" and I think i'm going to do wavy cables next.

Congratulations on the yarn! I was amazed at how quickly my elann yarn arrived when I ordered it last month...until I saw they ship from Point Roberts, WA, just about a 30 minute drive from here (although you have to cross the Canadian border, twice...little known fact...)

Dangerous to have cheap and good yarn so close. At least KnitPicks, although physically located in Vancouver, wa, ships from the midwest somewhere.

Janet said...

Very cute blue hat, love it! And reward, I think you deserve the new yarn! You did awsome this past year with your goal.

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

You certainly deserve a reward, and the hat is just lovely! blessings,Kathleen

RobinH said...

Very pretty! And I must remember that my work computer is screwy with colors...I'd been wondering why you knit a pink chemo cap when that wasn't the color requested, but on my home computer it looks more like baking cocoa. Which makes a lot more sense.

And your reward yarn looks lovely! Can't wait to see what you do with it. :) (Also kind of curious as to what your final project tally for the year will be! 102 already, and it's not even a week into December!)

http://www.mscreate.typepad.com said...

HA! You only confessed cuz I busted you out! :D

Seriously - love the new enhancement!!