Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Because I do actually knit (if slowly…)



Check it out! I made a hat!

Name: Dixie (after my mother)
Pattern: Bea by Melissa LaBarre (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Mmmmmmmalabrigo Chunky in Bobby Blue (from the stash)
Needle: Size 10.5 circular
Started: Tuesday, June 23rd 2009 (at the farm)
Finished: Wednesday, June 24th 2009

I love to make hats but I don’t make nearly enough of them.  This particular hat was started in response to a conversation that Amanda, Cecily, Katy, and I had on Monday evening.  As I was sighing about how much of my most recent Clapotis there is left to knit, we got on the subject of hats and how they are the perfect quick, instant gratification project.  I left Amanda’s with the urge to knit a hat.

On Tuesday morning, I did some Ravelry surfing to find a pattern and I ended up picking Bea for a few reasons 1. It’s cute 2. Chunky yarn = extra-quick knit 3. Perfect for stash-busting 4. 50% of the pattern proceeds in 2009 will be donated to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by the designer.

It’s number four that really made up my mind for me – pancreatic cancer is a terrible disease and it is responsible for taking my mother’s life.  It’s a very tiny, infinitesimally small, wee thing to do on my part, buying a pattern for a cause but I appreciate the designer’s intent and wanted to support both her as a designer and her effort to raise money.

I am so happy with this hat.  It was a fun, quick knit and I love the leaf pattern.  The Malabrigo Chunky was, as always, a pleasure to work with and the hat itself is super soft and squishy.  I made a few mods, all having to do with gauge – the pattern calls for extra-bulky yarn and size 17 needles and I used a bulky yarn and size 10.5 needles.

My knitting mojo?  It’s back (and now I’m looking for other hats to knit, especially as I did not get good news from the podiatrist yesterday and continue to be boot-bound.  I have an MRI scheduled for Sunday, hopefully that will shed some light on the subject.  I must take the sitting around directive more seriously – The Wire, maybe True Blood, and hat-knitting look to play a large role in my future!)


3 thoughts on “Because I do actually knit (if slowly…)

  1. So cute! Bummer about your foot, but hopefully the MRI will get to the bottom of the situation. Enjoy your rest!

  2. Cute hat! Nice you were able to find a meaningful pattern.

    On a tangent–I just saw the author of shopclass as soulcraft on Colbert. Sounded interesting, I’ve thought about that with all the itnerest people have now in knitting and “old-fashioned” manual work that we are supposed to be “freed” from by modern technology!

  3. Great job! Love the colour! It’s nice that you were also able to help a cause that means something to you, too.

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