Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Pattern: Lucia Hat

Here's something nobody told me in college: your twenties suck. They can be fabulous and exciting as well, and you can grow from your experiences in surprising ways. But if you're doing it right, your twenties suck. Most people I know learned some hard lessons about loneliness and responsibility. I sure did.

A friend and colleague of mine in her twenties is now learning about mortality. She is fighting breast cancer. There's a plan in place for her to win, but no part of that plan is enjoyable. She's rising to the challenge with incredible aplomb.

There have been some sucky things in my life in the last few years. I am grateful that cancer hasn't been one of them. Now that I'm in a different place, I need to look for ways to show kindness to others.

Also, I'm a knitter. Making chemo caps is what we do when someone we know goes bald.

I was able to whip up a cap in a week. It would take only a day or two without a little human to care for, I think. I named it the Lucia Hat, after my friend's sweet kitty. Because it is simple, and because it's something that I hope other knitters will make for those who need it, I'm making the Lucia Hat a free Ravelry download.