March 06, 2006

A NIGHTCAP

Over the weekend, I received a lengthy thank-you letter from our accountant's wife, the woman for whom I made the chemo cap. She wrote about her progress with chemotherapy; she seems to be doing well with it. She reported that the cap arrived the day before her hair started falling out -- and that she's worn it often. She wrote that it "is [her] choice for bedtime." (Who'd've thunk -- I made a nightcap?) But, seriously, I got a little choked up, reading her letter. May we all have such grace and optimism.

In other knitting news, I am within spitting distance of finishing the back for the Salina sweater. (Spitting distance? What a turn of phrase. I really really REALLY thought I'd have the thing finished by this morning so that I could post a photo, here, but my tape measure tells me it just isn't time, yet.) I can't say enough how wonderful it is to have a simple stockinette project like this with you at all times, something that you can just pick up and put down on the fly -- it's been a great project to have handy lately while I've been observing Allegra's dance lessons (her springtime dance schedule being much more intense than last fall). Just a couple more rows, then some Japanese short row shaping for the shoulders and then . . . I'll be whisking my knitting needles against each other like a chef sharpening up his Ginsu knife . . . and be ready to cast on for the front of the sweater.

And I'm back to working on my Level II vest, the purple-and-white Fair Isle number that I've been designing. Scott and I will be leaving on a trip for Florida at the end of the week, and I'll be taking the vest along for airpline knitting. I'm keeping my fingers crossed to get a lot done on it while we're away.

Posted by Karen at March 6, 2006 01:54 PM
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safe trip, jeri. Hope you get in some diving. One of these days we really should take some Noro Daria underwater and get someone to film us knitting underwater. just for the absurdity of it, heh.

Posted by: caro at March 6, 2006 08:28 PM

Great idea, Fred!

(When I used to work as a teacher's aide in a second and third grade classroom, whenever the teacher or I would accidentally call one student by another kid's name, the kids would call us 'Fred.' I should perhaps say that this was a small private school and all teachers and staff went by their first names.)

Posted by: Karen at March 6, 2006 10:12 PM

Salina is such a cute, wearable, classic sweater. I can't wait to see how she looks on you.

Have a good trip with Scott, we'll be thinking about you this weekend!

Posted by: Angela at March 7, 2006 10:50 AM

You should be very proud of that lovely chemo cap. Plus, for someone with no hair to have a warm cap to wear to bed that is also beautiful is a great thing. How many times have you had to get up suddenly and go to the door or see people before your hair could be arranged just right? Now she doesn't have to worry - her head is covered very attractively - how many of us can look lovely waking up? I'm not a huge cable person and I wanna make it! After my first Feral project of course....

Linda "K"

Posted by: Linda "K" at March 8, 2006 11:41 AM