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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Wool Allergy/Just ready to use acrylic? on: March 07, 2007 06:20:18 PM
So Im in a predicament here.

Im allergic to wool and pretty much all animal fibers. So that leaves me to cotton and all that other plant based stuff. But right now we have been doing laundry at my boyfriends parents, so doing swatches and getting gauge has been hard, and I just can't throw in a load of wash to pre-wash another gauge swatch.

Im just about ready to get some Caron Simply Soft out and cast on for a swatch for my sweater. No pre-washing, I can throw it in the machine, etc. But Im afraid I would sweat like all heck in it. Has anyone here made a sweater out of Simply Soft before? If so, how did it wear? Its a really soft yarn, Im just afraid it would be *too* warm.
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / New Yahoo Group -- CharityKnittingandCrochet on: January 28, 2006 08:36:41 PM
When I first started to knit and crochet for charity, I wasnt sure where to get started. I was rather lost, in fact. So after I got a grip on things I started a group for people to share resources, links, stories, and pictures. We don't have any particular charities we donate to as a group, but if you need help getting started feel free to ask.

The need is GREAT. And each person can help.

The groups location is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CharityKnittingandCrochet

Feel free to join and chat, and make sure to check out the links and files. And if you have anything to add to those, feel free to do that too.
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Chemo Cap Tutorial on: January 28, 2006 08:30:01 PM
Chemo Cap tutorial

Alot of people want to make things for charity, but arn't sure how. So here's a start into chemo caps.

First off, remember that most chemo patients don't have hair. So imagine your head without hair -- sometimes a normal size hat is too big. Google "knit chemo cap" and you can compare the size of the hats to "normal" patterns.. then you should be able to adjust any pattern to fit your needs. Also remember that the hat is typically pulled down farther, so it needs to be deeper.

Some chemo patients need softer hats, but others don't mind. So just play it safe and use a softer yarn. Don't like Homespun, or Fun Fur? Some of my most popular hats have been made out of them. And this isn't to make me happy.. its to help them out. These hats need to be wash and wear, so a superwash fiber or acrylic is fine. And chemo patients come in all sizes and styles.. so vary from the most subtle colors to the most flamboyant yarns and colors you can. But remember simple, wash-n-wear, and practical. Most don't want to spend time blocking a hat.

Some good links to get started are:
http://www.chemocaps.com/http://www.headhuggers.org/
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/cancercaps.html
http://www.coatsandclark.com/fun_and_free/yarn/lw1268.htm

There are plenty of charity groups to join, including places like LiveJournal, or my Charity Knitting and Crochet group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CharityKnittingandCrochet. Lots of cities have charity needlework groups.. if nothing else, call up your local cancer center and see if they need chemo caps! When someone needs a chemo cap, that might be a pretty good hint that they need a nice hug -- and I think if we can do absolutely anything to help, we should.

So there you have it.. a simple tutorial into chemo caps.
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