Fraught With Peril
You would think that knitting a hat would be a simple affair. Six or seven inches of knitted fabric with a design perhaps. But when you're a world class worrier like I am, the entire process is anxiety inducing.
I decided I wanted to knit chemo caps for a change. So I found a pattern, The Sisters Hat, pulled a ball of yarn out of my stash and went to work. First I worried about the lace. Was lace appropriate for a chemo cap? Would it show too much of the scalp and be embarrassing? Then I worried about the yarn. I'm reasonably sure that it's Stonehedge Farm's Shepherd's Wool which is 100% wool. But most chemo caps seemed to be knit in cotton, or some other non-animal fiber. Would my hat be useless?
Then I worried about washability. Would the person who got the hat be too sick to hand wash it? Then I fretted over the length. Most hat measurements, I'm assuming, are given for people with hair. How much would the lack of hair affect this measurement?
I went back to worrying about yarn content again. I don't like to knit with cotton - did this mean I'd never be able to make chemo caps? EVER? The lace again. If this hat was unsuitable for a chemo cap then I wouldn't be able to send it to the Reservation because a lace hat in the winter is very impractical. Oh my God, was I doing all this work for nothing?
Was the yarn soft enough? We shall not speak of how many times I rubbed this stupid hat on my face to see if it was scratchy. Was my yarn inappropriate for a lace pattern? Huh, wut? Let me tell you, the last four days have been nothing but worry, worry, worry. It's amazing that I actually managed to finish the damn thing. But it's done so I will send it off and hope for the best for my little hat.
At least I managed to finish it right in time for FO Friday. FO Friday is the brainchild of Tami, who I do not know but she seems like a very nice person. Anyhow, what you do is click on the FO Friday linky which takes you to Tami's blog and you can add your blog if you have an FO to post today. Not only is it a great way to show off your handiwork but you can promote your blog. I of course do not need to promote my blog because I already have three readers, all of whom are named Cindy. Shout out to The Cindys!
And that's it for this Good Friday / Earth Day of 2011.