I’m amazed by the pink products that are out there now. I have actually seen a pink garden hose with a matching pink sprayer nozzle. Not only is the number of pink ribbon products out there getting ridiculous, it seems no product is off limits. Seriously? A pink garden hose? It’s getting to be pretty comical. I actually snicker to myself when I see these things. What unlikely pink ribbon product will I come across next? The pink ribbon craze stirs a lot of mixed feelings in breast cancer survivors. Many embrace the pink ribbon as a badge of honor. Others view it as the symbol of a battle to be won. Many others downright hate it. For me, I have mixed emotions about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the ubiquitous pink ribbon. On one hand, I am glad so many people are passionate about fighting this disease. However, the pink ribbon has been mass-marketed to a point that corporate giants do it to sell products than to help find a cure. If you take the time to read the fine print, these companies give merely a tiny fraction of their profits to breast cancer charities. It is crystal clear that they exploit the ribbon. And since the ribbon is a symbol of breast cancer, they basically exploit millions of women who have been afflicted by the disease. It’s not about a cure any more; it’s about profit.
It reminds me of Christmas, insanely mass-marketed. My family and I love the holiday for remembering its reason for the season. However, I am annoyed by the unbelievable level of commercialism associated with it. It somewhat takes away from the magic. It feels like all that commercialism detracts from what Christmas is all about: giving, family, friends, new hope, and peace on earth. And so goes the pink ribbon. The cause becomes increasingly overshadowed by the craze while mainstream medical professionals are no closer to a cure. Now that’s just ridiculously sad.
Enough said. To do our part, my 12-year-old and I are knitting chemo caps for St. Charles’ patients. Here is the first one-ball non-beanie I whipped up in two hours this afternoon (did I tell you how I dislike beanies, period?):
Yarns are courtesy of Juniper Fiberworks for the 2008 Chemo Cap Program. Thanks, Deb!
CAST ON: October 12, 2008
CAST OFF: October 12, 2008
PATTERN: My Own No-Gauge Top-Down Design
NEEDLES: US Size 8, 24″ Addi Turbo Circular, magic loop
YARN: About a skein in combined Berroco Chinchilla Purple and Wine Colors
FINISHED SIZE:Child Large/Adult Small (8″Lx20W”)
COMMENTS: Great mindless, quick-knit, to-go project. However, this fuzzy fiber leaves very little desire/pleasure to knit with.
CO 8 stitches in MC
Round 1 and All Odd Rounds: Knit
Round 2: *M1, K*; repeat * to * 8 times
Round 4: *M1, K4, M1*; repeat * to * 4 times
Round 6: *M1, K6, M1*; repeat * to * 4 times
Round 8: *M1, K8, M1*; repeat * to * 4 times
Round 10 and All Even Rounds: *M1, 12 (14, 16, 18, et al), M1*; repeat * to * 4 times ’til I have 72 stitches, 20″ (or desired width) of circumference
Next Round: Knit 1×1 rib around for 3.5″ (or desired length for your size)
Adding CC, knit around in two-hand, two-color knitting for an inch.
Switch to MC, Knit 2 rounds. BO and weave in ends.
In addition, I am designated this month’s net proceeds earned from all my custom knitting orders to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.