Looking for a new project? Want to make something that will be loved and may bring a tear to someone's eye?
Have you ever thought of making a "prayer shawl" or "chemo cap"?
I went to Gilda's Club today and they have a group there that makes prayer shawls for new members and what an amazing gift they are! The one I recieved is a soft yarn in sage green with a darker green border and is a very basic pattern but it is absolutely wonderful. [fyi - the color green is a symbol for healing, hope, renewal & health] Hospitals can be very chilly places - especially when you are in a stupid open air gown! Requirements are: use soft yarn, you say a prayer for health for the person who will recieve the shawl, and you never ask for money in return for your gift. My mom has the pattern if you are interested in making these as gifts for cancer patients! You can read more about this project and get additional patterns here: http://www.shawlministry.com/
Also needed are "chemo caps" for women [and men i guess] who have lost their hair through treatments. This can be an amazingly devastating loss and these women deserve to have something soft and pretty to keep warm while getting their treatments. Requirements are: use the softest yarns possible, make them fun and pretty - be creative! You can read more about this wonderful project and get patterns here: http://joyceschemocaps.blogspot.com/
Ask your friends to knit or crochet a few too! If we can collect enough I am going to see if we can't put boxes with these freebies in the Lemmon Holton Cancer Pavillion and the United Memorial Cancer Center so we can share these with those right in the midst of their treatment rooms :)
PS - if you don't knit or crochet you can always help out with a donation of yarn!