A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Where has the year gone? I can hardly believe it’s already October. Mostly I’m very happy about it. I love the cooler temperatures, the changing leaves, and the smells of autumn. At the same time, it’s that time again. As I’m sure you all know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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.

Happy creating!


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