Monday, November 27, 2006

I wish I hadn't knit this.

I found out a few weeks ago that my cousin has breast cancer. She's 30. Needless to say, this totally sucks. It's scary, and sad, and scary some more. I don't know much about cancer or medicine, but it's stage III (which means it's not anywhere else in her body) and she's otherwise very healthy and she's started chemo and I've heard that there have been a lot of advances in breast cancer treatment recently. So that's good.
Anyway I made her a chemo cap, but I wish I didn't have an occasion to knit a chemo cap, hence the title of this post.
Here it is (modeled by my sis over Thanksgiving):

It's made out of 1 strand of Lang Cora (which is one of those super uber soft synthetic yarns that makes you marvel at how far the technology of softness has come along) and 1 strand Cascade Fixation for stretch, on size 10 dpns, a few inches ribbing at the bottom (not that you can tell) and then just stockinette for the rest. It is so soft and cosy, everyone in the family had to try it on. I'm thinking of getting some more of this yarn for bedtime socks.

I also made a pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving and forgot to take a picture until it was mostly gone, but I wanted to show you the neat swirlies (result of dividing the filling in 2 and only putting the pumpkin in half, then came the swirling):

Delish! I hope all of you had lovely Turkey days (or if you're not American, Thursdays) as well.


Anonymous said...

Very nice cheesecake. I just knitted a chemo cap for my sister. I wish I didn't have to either, but it was kind of interesting to see what she looks like without hair. My other sister has been fine for the 15 or so years since she had breast cancer. I blame her for my having mammograms since age 32. I have signed up for the Sister Study,
Your SP9

schrodinger said...

Sorry you had to knit that hat too. My thoughts are with you.

Stacey said...

It's horrible to say, but I think it's better to have breast cancer now than say, 15 years ago - there have been so many advances and the survival rate is so much higher! She sounds young and heathly - all the more power to pull through!

That cheesecake looks amazing. My two favorite things - pumpkin and cheesecake together!!

aija said...

I'm sorry you had to knit the hat too... wishing you and your family the vest. (The cheesecake looks so good!)

Areli said...

I'm sorry you had to knit it, too. That's not fair, I am hoping for the best for your family.

The cheesecake looks yum!

yarnophiliac said...

So sorry to hear about your cousin -- I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. My mom beat the monster 2 years ago now -- she can and will do it, too!! And don't forget to keep letting us all know what you need and feel -- knitter's are a great group when you need support.
(And MAN do I wish I had that pie...)