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......