In addtion to the Tivoli and the Sockapal2za sock (I know I'm not speeling that right but am too lazy to check right now), I've started the Sideways Hat from the "Not Just Socks" book. I like to call it The Pinwheel Hat because the best part of this hat is the Tam-like pinwheel top.
Other things to like about this hat:
1. You knit one long strip with any type of sock yarn you like and you Kitchener the ends to create a seamless, sideways strip.
2. It usually only takes one hank of Koigu -- unless, of course, you're ME and you have a particularly LARGE head.
3. With the right yarn, it keeps it's nice flat top shape.
4. It completely covers your ears if need be!
Why am I knitting a hat in the middle of July while experiencing 97 degree temperatures with outrageous dewpoint levels and sky-high humidity?
It's for an amazing woman in my knitting group who is undergoing a rough round of chemo. She thinks Chemo Caps are depressing -- and so do I -- so we're knitting her cool, fashionable hats she can actually wear.
Now, I know everyone always refers to anyone with Cancer as "amazing," but in this case, the adjective applies. She has a particulary viscious form of cancer and by all accounts, it's shocking she's beat it this long. Also, she's had it for several years now and most of the people in our group had NO CLUE. This group has been around for years and the people who had no clue are all regulars from way back.
Why did they have no clue? Because she has never complained about her Cancer or the side effects of chemo. Now, if this were ME, I'd be complaining! I get upset when I have a tummy ache and usually those around me are made aware. I don't go overboard but I do let others know if I'm not feeling particularly well on any given day. I can't imagine what I'd be like if I were experiencing some of the stuff I know she's experiencing.
The amazing part is that she's handled most of it with the support of only close friends and family. And, whatever she's been doing has obviously been working. There have been no quilts or afghans or funds or races or anything in her honor. No polished conversations about what she's been through and her feelings about it. She just accepts that this is how her life is, tries to make the best of each day and manages to maintain a positive attitude saying things like "I'm lucky I've lasted this long!"
There is no need to define herself through her illness. THAT's the amazing part.
Now, this doesn't mean she's secretive about it. Not at all. If you ask, she'll tell. She's very matter-of-fact and open about all of it. Otherwise, I wouldn't be writing about it online.
Anyway, like me, she is a MASSIVE fan of the Koigu and has singled out this particular colorway on several occassions. So, I broke into my personal, highly-guarded stash to share the Koigu love.
I worried Koigu might be too warm for July, but apprently, she's in air-conditioned environments most of the day and claims that her head gets very cold, which makes the rest of her very cold. So, according to her, Koigu is perfect. Although, I have a sneaking suspicion that even if the Koigu weren't perfect temperature-wise, it would still be perfect for her. Hehehe.
I mixed things up a bit and am using a stranded stitch pattern instead of the called-for stockinette.
I'm hoping this will be a nice, relaxing knit that will be finished in the next week or two. I really just want to give it to the recipient because I know how much she loves Koigu and this particular hat pattern.
It's always fun to give people things you know they'll love and appreciate. :-)