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chemotherapy hats

We have a knitting group at my church, Belmont Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

The ladies in this group do various projects throughout the year. They meet every Thursday morning at 10:30 at the church. They are led by Hazel Moody. In the past they have done projects such as blankets for the Rescue Mission and warm items for the homeless children in our area, to name a few. Their latest project was making (mostly knitted) hats for chemotherapy patients.

I saw a article in our weekly newsletter about them asking for any crocheters or knitters to participate. The caps/hats had to be really soft, with no seams, and also be washable. They also had to have very little texture to the stitches as chemotherapy makes the skin utra-sensitive.

I thought it was a wonderful idea and asked for some patterns from Hazel. All she had were a few knitted (in round) ones. I went online to the Lion Brand site and was able to find in the free patterns, a nice crocheted hat with a brim that turned up. (I also found some more patterns that I liked, but that really was the best one.)

I decided to do that one first, and it turned out really well. So well, in fact, that healthy people wanted one, too! I have made then in a variety of different yarns and thicknesses, etc.

I really like the Lion Brand microspun - it's nice and cool (tempereature-wise) feeling on the skin and is really pretty. I also like the polar spun because it's so light and airy. We've made enough of the chemo hats to give to all the patients at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and also to other hospitals in the Roanoke Valley.

I gave one to one of the agents that I work with who was diagnosed with breast cancer - she's still talking about it 4 months later.


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