Getting Back into Chemo Caps

I know I’ve been working hard on scarves and hats for The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project, and I still am!  I just delivered a bunch of stuff to one of the drop off points for this month’s scarf bombing.  And, no worries, I’m still going to continue to knit for WUL!

The first charity I ever knit for was chemo caps for my local cancer center.  I’ve had so many relatives have cancer.  My father passed away from lung cancer in 2005, and he was treated at this cancer center.  I wanted to give something back.

My recent want to knit chemo caps has hit even more personal for me.  My doctor suspects I have a basal cell carcinoma on my right shoulder.  It’s coming off on the 15th, but I’m still really freaked out.

I very likely have skin cancer.  Granted, I haven’t had the biopsy yet, but still.  I’m scared to the point I have lotion on with a good SPF, and BB cream on my face with an even stronger SPF.  I’m going to make this habit.  I need to.

My treatment will probably besides the removal will include cream to apply to the site, maybe pills, and probably a stern lecture from my doctor about skin care.  I’m very fair skin, and have had a few bad sunburns.  That’s never a good thing for anyone.

So, this scare for myself has prompted me to take a batch of chemo caps out to the cancer center.  I want to turn this into something positive.

It’s been a while since I’ve knit for this cause, and even have wrote off-blog about it on HubPages.

That’s where I’m at right now.  As a personal request, I ask you to head on over to the Skin Cancer Foundations’ website and see what you can do to prevent skin cancer.



Make a Difference!

KnitPicks is doing a great charitable promotion right now along with Crafts Americana. Basically, craft something for a charity, upload you wearing said item for charity along with certain hashtags on Instagram (or e-mail the photo), and Crafts Americana will donate $1 to the United Nations Refugee Agency.  Neat, huh?  Make a different locally and globally!

Here’s the original post and instructions from KnitPicks.

We’ve all seen the heart-rending images from the Middle East and Europe as of late. We wish we could help, but the massive scale of suffering is so daunting. How does one even start?

But what if we joined together? What if we collectively pooled our crafting skills, time and money to help those in need – both locally and across the world? As crocheters and knitters, we are perfect for this mission, because the nature of our craft inherently lends itself to giving.

As for instructions, here they are:

  1. Knit or crochet an item for a local charity of your choice.
  2. Post a picture of your item with the hashtags #craft2giveback and #knitpicks and mention your local charity.
  3. For every photo, Crafts Americana will donate $1.00 to the United Nations Refugee Agency.*

Take note of the fine print for choosing your local charity.

Local Charities

Contact a local homeless shelter, church youth organization, hospital, nursing home or Salvation Army to find local charities in your area.

* Campaign runs 10/08/2015 – 11/30/2015. Crafts Americana will donate $1.00 for each photo, up to $5,000, to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Photo entries must contain the hashtag #craft2giveback to be counted. A local charity must be noted to be entered for the $500 prize. Multiple entries allowed, as long as each entry is a different project.

Of course, I linked my favorite knitting charity, The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project in my Instagram entry, that’s where these four scarves are going.  It’s quite fortuitous that I had them with me to deliver to Angelia after work today when she posted originally about this particular charity.
So, start crafting and get going!  Snap some photos!