A little therapy at the Asylum

Yesterday I went to the Knitting Asylum for some much-needed therapy.  Having made that radical statement, I should explain that the Knitting Asylum is Dez Crawford’s new spinning and yarn shop in Baton Rouge, LA.  (Do go see her November 3rd post about her opening Halloween party.  I’m on the left in the group pictures.)

Dez has begun a delightful tradition of offering grab bags of yarn for charity.  Select a bag to knit for Covenant house, A for A, or chemo hats in memory of Dez’s cousin.   When you bring in the finished item, you get a 20% discount off your purchase.  Neat, eh?

That Halloween night I selected a bag marked “hat” for Covenant House.  This project is in memory of Auntie Gail of Knit U fame.  Covenant house became one of my charities when Gail died; I was pleased to find them among the choices for charity knitting.

When I got home I opened the bag to find two skeins of black super wash wool.  Black?  Aren’t I too old to knit with black?  There was nothing for it but to knit.  I decided to use the Oliver’s Cap pattern offered by the Christmas at Sea program of the Seamen’s Church Institute.  This pattern is designed to allow for a main color and accent stripes of a contrasting color(s), and is perfect for using those bits of yarn left in a skein from another hat.  I felt that hats for teenagers in New Orleans had to have some color interest.  I found some scarlet Cascade 220 super wash in my stash, and used it to put stripes in the black.  This gave me a bonus:  I got the hat out of just under one skein.  Now I could knit two hats!  Back into the stash, where I found bits of that Cascade in green, purple, and gold:  Mardi Gras colors.  The second hat got six stripes, using these three colors.

The hats were finished before my surgery, and were excellent therapy to keep my mind from fretting.  Yesterday the circle was completed when I delivered the hats to the Knitting Asylum.  After all, it’s 36 degrees this morning…cold, damp winter temperatures have come to the bayou.



  1. AlisonH said,

    November 26, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I love it. Colorful ones for New Orleans: yes. Perfect! Well done.

  2. Birdsong said,

    November 27, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Very good work! Happy Thanksgiving to one so generous.

  3. dez said,

    November 28, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for the nice mention of my shop, my friend! All of the grab-bag charity yarn is donated, some is colorful, some if not, depending on the grab bag you get. Thanks so much for giving of your time for others while preparing for your own surgery. Sending more healing thoughts your way…!

  4. November 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    You’ve BEEN to Dez’s shop! Oh I’m so jealous!

    Please now, just for me (I know it would be a sacrifice). Would you ever just run in there tomorrow or the day after and give her a big surprise hug and tell her it’s from me?


    (I’m still laughing delightedly at your next posting, Gladly the Cross-Eyed Bear, because I’ve always loved that rendering so much.)

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