We designed this cap at the request of Yonca, our sales director. When she requested this cap, it was for a friend who is about to undergo chemotherapy for breast cancer. Unfortunately, since then, another friend of hers has also been diagnosed. According to breastcancer.org, 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer in the course of her lifetime (as well as 1 in 1000 men). This is a disease that hits close to home.
Yonca wanted to write something for her friend to add to this post, but she finally had to admit defeat. She felt that everything she wanted to say was inadequate. In the face of a life-changing diagnosis, it can be hard to find the words to express our pain and love. But just reaching out to say “I’m here, I’m with you,” can sometimes be enough.
We offer this hat as a way to say “I’m with you” when words won’t quite do the trick. It’s knitted in the round in our Cotton Supreme DK, which we picked because it’s very soft, and chemo scalps can be quite sensitive – something to keep in mind when choosing yarn.
Fall is upon us, and we felt the need for something toasty!
Almas is knit seamlessly in the round from the top down. It can act as a shoulder/bust warmer for a brisk walk in the woods, or can be scrunched up and worn as a cowl paired with your favorite winter coat. We like the rustic quality that Deluxe DK Tweed Superwash gives this cozy piece.
As a short poncho or capelet, it can be worn collar up or down, as you wish.
With just a touch of stranded knitting, this project is a nice introduction to the Fair Isle method of changing colors in your work.
Topping the shortlist of my favorite of our yarns is Dona, a DK weight housed in the Fibra Natura line of natural fiber yarns. Dona is 100% extrafine merino and soft as butter. And machine washable to boot!
I’d like to introduce you to a few of my favorites from ebook Dona 2.0 which was released this fall:
There are 9 more projects for a total of 13 garment and accessory patterns in this collection. You can see them all on our website here. All patterns are available for download via Ravelry – individually or together in the full ebook. I hope you love Dona as much as I do!