I ran by the LYS today and saw a gal who hasn't been there for awhile on Tuesday mornings. She has had her second bout of cancer recently and is back on chemo. I think it has been at least four or more months since she's been in on her normal day. Her name is Angie and she already recovered once so I'm hoping for the best again. When I saw her, I didn't know what to say except how happy I was to see her again. She told me that she finally shaved her head but that she felt well enough to drive. I didn't see a knitting project there with her but then again, I didn't look for it. I think it's well enough that she showed up at the LYS. I go there these days without a project, too. My reasons for going there without a project are different.
So I finished Dooze's little beret (She's going to kill me because her tongue looks like it's folding over in this picture). Funny, her head measures 20 inches, which isn't that much tinier--maybe only and inch or two--than most women's heads, but there's something about her that is so petite that she couldn't possibly wear a total slouchy hat without conjuring images of the Olsen twins. She asked for an ivory version with gold-ish stuff throughout so that is what I did. Just one strand of natural Malabrigo worsted and another strand (which is actually three semi-plied ones) of the Trendsetter Dune: 60 sts cast on size 9 circs, 2x2 rib in the round for five rounds, then an increase of 1 stitch every other stitch and work that for about 4 inches from the cast on edge. Then, I separated the stitches into six equal sections with markers and *k2tog, worked to 2 sts before the next marker and ssk, sm, then repeated from the * to the end of round. After that, I knit a plain round, and repeated those last two rounds. (I switched to double points when I had to.) When there were about 12 sts left, I just k2tog all the way around and then thread the tail through the live stitches and pulled it tight and fastened it down. This is a petite hat for a petite gal. It even fit my five-year old, so it'll do well for your little one too. (Dooze is my little one in a lot of ways as I feel like I nearly raised her although we weren't always together. We're 12 years apart and I left the house when she was only five but when mom died it was like a magnet drew us back together and now she gathers my knitting as if it were our mom baking cookies or something. It's like magic, really, and I love her.)