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Old 12-20-2005, 12:31 AM   #11
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You know altho I had the cancer and the surgery, I feel so lucky because I had no chemo or radiation. Although people tell me I am a survivor, I think that the survivors are the people who had things much worse than I did.

I feel more like I was lucky that I got a routine colonoscopy and it was picked up so early and the surgery results were so good.

I am excited, while at the library today I found a pattern for a cap that I think would be a great chemo cap. I really like it, it looked more advanced than I thought I could do but I just knitted the pattern for practice and I did pretty good.

Thanks for the yarn suggestions. So, now, I have questions. The pattern calls for "Rowan DK Tweed". Are the "cascade fixation" or the "elan sock it to me" going to be ok? If you knit with 2 strands of sock yarn does it equal a DK? I know that I will have to do a swatch and adjust accordingly.

And what about knitting distorts the time-space continuim? I swear that I am stopping knitting to go to bed at 10pm and yet it always is at least 1 to 2 hours later than that.

And I had never really thought about pink being the color of nipples(!!!) but the cancer color picker was defiantely whacked and it wouldn't surprise me. Hey, KellyK, you sound pretty whacked coming up with that nipple thing. Are you secretly the cancer color picker?

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Old 12-20-2005, 01:31 AM   #12
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That was AMY.....I NEVER say nipple!
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Old 12-20-2005, 04:19 AM   #13
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Gauge-wise, Sock It to Me isn't a true sock weight yarn - it's 5 sts/in on US 7. Googling gave me info that Rowan DK Tweed is 5.5s = 1" #5-9, or something like that. So they're a lot closer in gauge.

What pattern did you find the book in - maybe we know it?

So, don't blue and pink make lavender?
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Old 12-20-2005, 01:21 PM   #14
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very nice this is a great informative thread. Who knew all these things?
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:14 PM   #15
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Sorry, KellyK, it was late at night- I am sorry if I caused your nipple free lips any concern.

So, Amy, are you the whacked secret cancer color picker?

I found the pattern for the chemo cap in Viking Patterns for Knitting, by Elsebeth Lavold. The cap is on the book jacket and again on page 39. The set is called "Hervor" it is a pullover and cap. The cap is knit in a band with a pattern, then stitches are picked up from the sides of the band and knit in the round.

The band has an interesting pattern with some small cables that I tried last night and feel that I can do.

I scanned the pic onto my computer but just realized I didn't know how to get it into my message. After school starts again I'll have one of my kids from "The Harry Potter Knitting Group" help me figure out a way.

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Old 01-07-2006, 12:55 AM   #16
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I planned on knitting something for cancer patients as well. Six years ago my mom was diagnosed and beat breast cancer. She had to have chemo, but I didn't even think about knitting then. I really wish I had now, but the least I can do is provide the comfort for someone else.

Here is a pattern site of chemo caps I found, quite a great variety!
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Old 01-07-2006, 03:24 AM   #17
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I'm in. My mom passed away from pancreatic cancer many, many years ago. Probably no color for that one though I haven't looked yet.

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Old 01-08-2006, 04:03 PM   #18
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OK ... well, it looks like I need to get on the plans I have for a Cancer Kid KAL ... I need to contact my Child Life specialist friend and see if I can get a list of the kids who still come in-house for treatment.

Oh, and Jan, I believe that the color for Pancreatic Cancer is purple.

I'd also like to add that there are plenty of adults who come to the Cancer Center for treatment. If you'd rather knit some scarves, hat, fingerless gloves or something else you're inspired by, I would be happy to deliver it to them. Or, perhaps you'd like to check with the cancer center or clinic in your community and see if they would like donations.

I am so excited about all the interest in this!! You guys are great!
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