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From and for the blind and visually impaired.
June edition 2020
Current subscribers to date: 1,204
Contents for this month’s issue:
From the editor, by Lori Motis.
New and used.
Wanted, to trade, or to give away.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities.
This month’s articles:
Blind man Walking- None of us is perfect by Joshua Loya.
Living with low vision- The new normal by Donna Williams.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady- Summer salad recipes.
Driving Miss Donna- “The Bell Choir Concert” By Lynn Anderson.
Yarn, hook and needle- Chemo Caps, A Joy by Phyllis Campbell.
Other important info:
How to post and pay for an ad or announcement,
2020 word counts and costs.
What can you post to the Blind Post?
Subscriptions to the Blind Post.
From the editor:
This year is almost half over. What a year this has been too. I do hope things will get better for all our sakes. The news has been shocking and horrific,
and I just do not have words to really say how I feel about it all. The Serenity prayer comes to mind:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
reinhold niebuhr (1892-1971)
Update on my guide dog Stan
He is doing much better after a month of anti-biotics. He is back to his fun happy self. We are getting out and taking some short walks. We got to go with
my sister to the grocery store this week. I did wear my home-made cloth mask. The minute I got out of the store I pulled it down. I do not like wearing
it at all. The stores here in Idaho are mostly back to normal. There are many people that are not wearing a mask. We our in phase four of opening back
up. I am so glad. I will be able to take the senior bus again to Walmart and Trader Joe's this month. Hurray!
I hope you will enjoy reading this month’s news. Great articles and notices. Please let folks know you found their notice on the Blind Post classified
God Bless you all,
Lori AKA Food Lady
Publisher & editor of the Blind Post classified news.
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New and used:
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Richard, at 757 468 0277 for price and more details.
Wanted, to trade or give away:
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I would love to tell everyone about three groups that I am moderate on WhatsApp messenger.
The first is a group for those who love fragrances of all kinds.
The second is a group for Christian women, and the third is a Christian fiction book club. If interested, please email me at
or text or call 501-304-0330 thanks
I moderate three groups on WhatsApp messenger one of them is for Christian women. The second is for Christian fiction lovers and is a book club that we
read new books together every two weeks. And the third is for fragrance lovers. So if you love fragrances are a Christian woman or love Christian fiction
and want to join either of my groups please let me know.
My friend/little brother, James, wanted me to put an ad in the Blind Post about the three chat lines that he owns.
First, is the Bible Train and More, 712-432-6472, the second one, is, God's Place and More, and the last one is called, Bible House and More, 712-432-5721.
The number to God's Place and More, is, 712-432-5716.
He'd like to get more callers and more room owners.
Eyes on success shows and podcasts:
2021 BARD Mobile Gets an Update (May 20, 2020)
The BARD Mobile app from the National Library Service (NLS) has recently had a major update. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Judy Dixon of the NLS
about some of the exciting new features you will find in the new app including the ability to find books by the same author, in the same series or genre,
and subscribe to new releases.
2020 Band-in-a-Box 2020 and the Updated JAWS Scripts (May 13, 2020)
Band-in-a-Box from PG Music continues to evolve and introduce new features that are appealing to both professional and amateur musicians alike. Hosts Nancy
and Peter Torpey talk with Tobin Frank, chief development officer at PG Music, about the program and how the scripts Peter developed make this program
accessible with the JAWS screen reader.
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Blind man walking
By Joshua Loya
I wrote the following on Facebook in early April. Current events have gotten me to consider the injustices all people suffer. I can only comment on what
I have personally experienced or witnessed. I need to better collect my thoughts before I comment directly on the murder of George Floyd, police brutality,
or anything connected to those controversies. In the meantime, I ask you to please read and widely share the following with anyone you think would benefit
from reading it.
In adaptive athletics, as in life, not everyone who claims to be your friend is. Even friends can hurt because of personal struggles or greed. Be wary
of those who want credit for your accomplishments. Do not allow yourself to be treated as if you have no value apart from your coach, training partner,
or teammate. The gaslighting is a slow burn at first. Then, the greed takes over, and people who pretended to be your friend, or might have genuinely been
your friend at one time, begin to change. It becomes about money, or accolades, or publicity, or any other reward they did not earn, but which they feel
entitled to receive.
We as adaptive athletes are worth more than the credit our coaches receive. We are more than the medals we earn for our teams, the sponsorship deals we
have signed, or the inspirational news stories written about us and our benevolent able bodied benefactors. We must recognize that we have inherit value
as human beings, whether we can see, whether we can walk, or whether we have what most people consider “fully functional bodies and minds”.
There are some really good people who can help us along our journeys. It is sometimes difficult to tell if people are allies or opportunistic vampires.
Sometimes people can seem like one while they are really the other. Sometimes the demons of their past take over and they turn into someone who limits
us, not someone who helps. Sometimes they even mean well, but they are consumed from inside by the darkness they have failed to develop the courage to
None of us is perfect. We all have value. We all have the potential to change the world for the better. We do this one literal or metaphorical step at
a time. It starts with learning to love ourselves. If we do not love ourselves, we are even more vulnerable to abuse or exploitation.
We may not always be able to tell the difference between someone who wants us to succeed and someone who wants to use us to raise their own profile. It
is damaging if we assume the worst of everyone close to us. Most people are good. That said, if something feels wrong, it might be. The part that is wrong
could be us or a simple mismatch between us and the people close to us. Of course, what feels wrong is worth examination. If someone makes you uncomfortable
because of the way they treat you, it is worth talking to someone you can trust. People usually mean well. It doesn’t mean they have your best interest
I wish it didn’t happen, but exploitation and abuse of adaptive athletes is a very real thing. It is sometimes easy to spot, and it is sometimes very subtle,
especially at first. I wish I had a solution. I wish I knew how widespread this is. We as human beings should be better. Please join with me to keep our
fellow adaptive athletes safe from those who believe they are our betters. If you are able bodied, and you consider yourself a friend to adaptive athletes,
please value us as people first. After that, we can join together to become champions.
Joshua “The Jedi” Loya - Professional Adventurer
Available now for public speaking and personal coaching.
Living with low vision
The New Normal
By Donna Williams
Yay! Our county is finally in the yellow zone! Now we can go out and play! Lol! The weather has been warmer and I’ve been getting out at times despite
the stay at home orders. I’ve been careful where I go and what I do. The new normal for me involves being selective what events I attend and who I go with.
I love to walk outside and figured this would be a wonderful way to get exercise. I decided I would be safe wearing my mask and not lingering if someone
tried to have a conversation with me. I didn’t like the idea of touching door handles unnecessarily so I kept putting off my plans to go walking. Then
one day I realized I’d forgotten to give my outgoing mail to my Mom so she could take it to the post office when she went. Having no choice regarding paying
these bills on time I got ready and headed out. I put my mask on and armed with hand sanitizer I made my trip. That day I learned something. Trying to
walk for exercise while attempting to breathe through cloth doesn’t work too well. I had only gone about a block before I had to stop and take off my mask.
Before I did that though I liberally used hand sanitizer. I didn’t want any germs I may have picked up to linger. I knew my face would need to be covered
again once I reached the post office since I’d be going inside. I continued walking and it was wonderful to breathe in the fresh air. There was a slight
breeze and it was nice and cool out. The sky was blue and the birds were happily singing and I felt joyful.
When I got to the post office I had to remind myself to focus. I stood outside and used my hand sanitizer once again. Then I put on my mask. Once I mailed
my letters I repeated the process using hand sanitizer then taking off my mask so I could enjoy my walk home uninhibited. I hate wearing masks but they
are a necessary evil.
For the past few months I’ve been waiting to take care of some medical appointments. In the middle of March I was supposed to have a routine mammogram
and at the end of that same month I had an eye doctor appointment scheduled. Both were postponed. I attempted re-scheduling my mammogram for the end of
April and my eye doctor appointment was changed to the beginning of May. Both were postponed again. My eye doctor appointment was scheduled for the end
of June and I told the girl who called about my mammogram that I’d call and set up another time once things settled down. She offered to put me on a list
to be notified when they were doing the routine screenings again and I decided to accept. In early May I received a call and was told that I could schedule
my mammogram. I asked about the protocol and based on what I was told I informed the girl that I didn’t want to re-schedule yet. At the time of that call
I was told that whoever brought me to my screening would need to drop me off at the front door of the hospital and wait until I called to be picked up.
I mentioned that I don’t see very well and would need assistance getting to the breast center. That‘s when the call became comical. You should have heard
the scheduler attempting to stumble and stutter through explaining that no one could meet me because of their protocol. I then decided to add fuel to the
fire by asking what the protocol would be. I was told my mammogram would be performed with no contact. I wonder, do they play catch with the gown and then
point at a dressing room? Then how do they let you know what position they want your body in while your breast is in the machine? Do they use gestures?
I found this to be very funny and it was difficult not to laugh boisterously. Obviously I am still waiting until a time when getting a simple picture of
my breast taken will be less stressful.
My eye doctor appointment was a different story. At the end of May I received a call from her office and I was asked to come in at the beginning of June.
I mentioned my re-scheduled appointment at the end of the month but I was told she really wanted to see me before that. I asked about the protocol and
was informed that my appointment would be a parking lot visit just to check the pressure. I was told I’d need to wear a mask and that appointments would
be spaced out. I agreed to come on the day designated and what an experience that was.
The first consideration was how my Mom and I could stay safe during the hour long car ride. Neither of us felt like wearing our masks for that long of
a time so we decided I should sit in the back. Since it was my left eye that would be examined I decided to sit behind my Mom. This made it easier for
us to talk since the back of her seat put a nice barrier between us. We enjoyed ourselves and it was nice to visit for an extended time in person.
When we arrived at the eye doctor we were surprised to see a number of cars in the parking lot. We rode around for a few minutes trying to figure out where
we should stop. Then finally someone saw us and came over. They asked who I was there to see and gave us a designated slot. We had barely pulled in and
one of the girls was there to check my vision. It was hard counting fingers when she had on a light colored pair of gloves and the bright sunny sky was
the background her hand was against. I did my best though. Then my eye doctor was there. She told me she was going to spray me. I thought it was going
to be some sort of sanitary solution but she reached in and lifted my eyelid. Then I felt the spray. Believe it or not that spray was actually the numbing
solution used so my pressure could be checked. Despite my best attempts I was unable to relax as I’d planned. All the daily stresses as well as my eye
doctor asking me to sit sideways instead of allowing me to sit with my head against the back seat didn’t help my pressure reading to be what I wanted it
to be. I didn’t see how she could get an accurate number doing things this way. Not surprisingly the pressure was high. She now wants to do a laser treatment.
I’ve put it off for 2 weeks because I’m hoping in that period of time I’ll be able to see how things go as we enter the yellow phase of transition back
to normal or at least the new normal. Not sure what the protocol will be for surgery but I’ve been assured it’s safe to proceed as long as I have a pre-op
Covid 19 test. I’ll keep you posted as my new normal progresses. In the meantime I’m under a self imposed quarantine for a few more days just in case I’ve
been exposed to this dreaded parasite. I go back to the eye doctor for an actual office visit in 2 weeks and if my pressure is still high I’ll be going
on the great adventure of surgery in the era of Covid 19. Prayers and good energy are gratefully appreciated.
I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to write me at:
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady
This month we have several summer salad recipes. Enjoy!
Chicken and Macaroni Salad
2 cups macaroni
2 small or 1 large can Swanson white chicken breast
apple cider vinegar
Cook macaroni according to box, do not over cook (7 min).
Drain; cool water. Cut up about 4 or 5 stalks celery, one green pepper diced, one onion finely chopped. Remove seeds from 2 tomatoes and dice.
Add chicken, salad, and flake it up a little bit at a time.
Combine with 1 cup Hellman's mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, teaspoon salt, teaspoon sugar, a pinch of pepper.
Mix; add to salad mixture.
Chill and enjoy.
Makes 12 servings
4 cups cubed, cooked chicken meat
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 cup chopped celery
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup minced green bell pepper
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
ground black pepper to taste
In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise with paprika
and seasoned salt. Blend in dried cranberries, celery,
bell pepper, onion, and nuts. Add chopped chicken,
and mix well. Season with black pepper to taste.
Chill 4 hours or overnight.
KFC Cole Slaw
1 head of cabbage, shredded
1 or 2 carrots, grated
1/4 onion, grated
1 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
Mix together the dressing and pour over cabbage mix.
Let it sit for a few hours before eating.
8 oz uncooked macaroni, elbow
1/2 cup reduced-calorie mayonnaise
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 cup celery, chopped
1/3 cup red onion(s), finely chopped
2 Tbsp parsley, fresh, chopped
1/4 tsp table salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
Cook macaroni according to package directions without added salt or fat; drain and transfer to a large bowl.
In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard and garlic powder; stir mixture into cooked macaroni. Fold in celery, onion and parsley;
to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm or chilled. Yields about 2/3 cup per serving.
The hint of celery, garlic and onion makes this creamy salad a super-flavorful, easy-to-prepare mainstay for your menu. For added color, stir in diced
Feel free to swap whole wheat pasta for regular pasta if desired.
Nutty Noodle Salad
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
3 Tbsp. honey
1/2 cup PLANTERS Unsalted COCKTAIL Peanuts, coarsely chopped, divided
8 oz. fusilli pasta, uncooked
2 carrots, cut into matchstick strips (about 1 cup)
1 cup pea pods, cut into matchstick strips
1 small red pepper, cut into matchstick strips (about 1 cup)
PLACE lime juice, soy sauce, honey and 1/4 cup peanuts in electric blender or food processor container; cover. Blend until smooth; set aside.
COOK pasta as directed on package, adding carrots, pea pods and pepper strips to boiling water during last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain pasta and vegetables.
RESERVE 1/4 cup peanut sauce. Toss pasta with remaining peanut sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Let pasta stand at room temperature 30 minutes
serving. To serve, toss pasta with reserved peanut sauce and remaining peanuts.
Special Extra: Garnish with chopped cilantro.
Driving Miss Donna
The Bell Choir Concert
by: Lynn Anderson
I love Christmas concerts! So, it was a blessing when our dear friend, Bevie, invited Donna and me to attend a bell choir concert at the Montevalle mobile
home park in Scotts Valley. Bevie’s friend had obtained tickets for us and was anxious for all of us to attend, because she was one of the performers in
the bell choir portion of the concert. The concert also boasted a choir and a small orchestra. In addition to the many performers, they advertised home-baked
goodies for all of the attendees! For me, it was a huge yes without any hesitation! Donna let Bevie know that we were both very interested in going to
The venue for the concert, Montevalle, is the premiere senior mobile park in the county and is absolutely beautiful. The entire park is built in a hilly
area in Scotts Valley and the spaces are not like the uniform spaces you normally see in a mobile home park. Each space is very individual with rocky outcroppings,
beautiful landscaping, individually designed mobile homes or manufactured homes, and narrow mountain roads to connect everything together. The club house
where the concert was to be held is at the bottom of a valley, but the actual building is built up a slope. It looks like a beautiful swiss chalet in the
mountains. There is also a pretty lake near to the club house and you can often see ducks or maybe even a swan swimming about in the water.
It had been awhile since I had last been to Montevalle, and I remembered that there was very little parking near the club house. I told Donna and Bevie
that we would get there an hour or so early to make sure that we would find parking. Everyone agreed, and I set about to plan our outing.
Bevie is completely blind. Due to the nature of Donna’s eye condition, she has no depth perception. Donna also has mobility issues. She uses a cane to
walk, or a walker when we are in a larger area. She can’t walk very far before she has to take a break and sit down due to muscular pain. I took all of
this into account as I planned out our day, especially since Montevalle is built on such rocky terrain.
I took comfort in knowing that everything was set and in place. I felt that by getting there early, we shouldn’t have any problems with parking or finding
seats at the concert. Great! We set out that day for Montevalle, picked Bevie up at her home, and were laughing and already having fun in preparation for
the concert. As I drove my car into the Montevalle entrance and down the steep hill towards the club house, I saw that there wasn’t any available parking
at the club house. None. There weren’t that many parking spots and every spot was filled. Bevie said that there was handicapped parking up the hill behind
the club house, so I drove us up the narrow road behind the club house to the handicapped parking lot. There weren’t that many parking spots there either,
and every spot was filled. In fact, there were several cars double parked, as other concert goers had decided to come an hour early as well to ensure that
they could find a place to park. I took my place behind a line of cars dropping off passengers. Bevie flung open her car door and prepared to hop out,
but Donna said that this wouldn’t work for her. I had planned to drop both of them off, then try and find a place to park the car. As I looked at the handicapped
entrance to the club house, I could see Donna’s point. Although the entryway was level, there were tripping hazards in the form of decorations and fountains
that Donna wouldn’t be able to navigate without assistance. It would be difficult for a non-sighted person, and a person with no depth perception to safely
make it into the building.
I turned to look at Donna who had suddenly become very pale. I could almost see the panic rising in her eyes. “Don’t worry”, I assured her, “we’ll turn
around and go back to the first parking lot and try to find a parking spot there. This will all work out!” I said with a lot of conviction and a big smile!
It took about 15 minutes to make it through the line of cars, manage to turn the car around without hitting any other cars or pedestrians, and drive back
down the hill to the front of the club house. Bevie was very ready to get out of the car, get inside and get seated. The number of cars coming to the event
was rapidly increasing, and she was worried that we wouldn’t have seating as this concert was often packed. Donna was very quiet, which means that she
is trying hard not to panic. As I made it down the hill, a car backed out of a parking space directly in front of me! I put on my turn signal and pulled
into a parking spot right in front of the club house door. Perfect! “I told you we’d find a parking space”, I said brightly to both ladies!
We got out of the car and walked into the club house. Donna found a bench to sit on while I found someone to ask where the concert was being held. A very
nice lady dressed in a festive Christmas outfit told us that the concert was on the second floor, up 2 flights of steps. Donna and I looked at the steps
which were quite steep. There was no way that Donna could walk up those stairs. Her panic started to rise again and I said very confidently, “no worries,
we’ll just take the elevator!” “I’m sorry, but there isn’t an elevator”, the lady said and went on her way. Oh no…. Well, we’ll just have to leave, I was
about to say, but then I noticed that we had lost Bevie.
How did we lose Bevie I wondered??? Donna was starting to cry quietly and informed me in a shaky voice, that a nice lady had come along and offered to
take Bevie up to the concert, and that Bevie had left with her. “She what?” I asked, very confused. “Did she know this lady?” Donna said that she didn’t
think so. My mind went crazy as I had this internal conversation with myself, being careful not to show Donna that I was freaking out! How does Bevie know
that this lady is safe; what if the lady is a homicidal maniac; what if we never see her again?? My fabulous plan had completely fallen apart! Bevie was
missing and who knew where she could be, maybe lying at the bottom of the lake by the club house never to be found again! Donna was crying. But worse than
all of that, how was I going to explain to Bevie’s daughter that I had lost her mother? She trusted me with her mother, but then I lost her!!! I was trying
not to hyperventilate, and was telling myself that this would all work out just fine, but I really wasn’t believing my self-talk. Then Donna said to me,
“Ms. A, I just want to go home, please take me home!” When Donna calls me Ms. A, it is her code for “get me out of this situation now before I start screaming
(or something like that)!!!”
I didn’t know what to do. I was considering driving Donna home to Capitola, but then I wouldn’t be back to Scotts Valley for at least 50 minutes or more
depending on the traffic. I had no idea where Bevie was, although I was hoping she was safely seated at the concert, and the lady who whisked her away
was most likely a very nice lady who was taking good care of her. At this point I couldn’t leave Donna alone because she was so upset. I was going to walk
her back to the car where she would be safe and then I would try and find Bevie. No, Bevie wasn’t answering her cellphone, which added fuel to my chaotic
thoughts that Bevie was in mortal danger and lost to us forever!
Donna was still crying and I was still trying to figure out the next move in my now out of control, perfect plan, when out of nowhere a man showed up and
asked Donna what was wrong? He had a kind, friendly face and a calm voice and genuinely seemed interested in our problem. I explained that we were trying
to attend the concert, but that there wasn’t any handicapped parking in the upper lot and Donna wasn’t able to climb the stairs. The man said that he also
had trouble with the stairs, but that shouldn’t stop us from attending the concert. He said it was a wonderful concert and well worth staying for. He kept
speaking to Donna in a soft, comforting voice, telling her that she would truly enjoy the concert and that everything would work out just fine. Donna wasn’t
convinced at first, but this man was so warm and understanding that she finally came around.
He asked me to drive Donna back up the hill to the handicapped area and he would walk her into the venue. I let him know that Donna had very limited vision
and that she couldn’t see the hazards in her path. He assured me that he would take good care of Donna and that I shouldn’t worry. Well, worry is what
I do, especially since I had already lost one of the people in my car and probably lost her to a horrible death in the scenic lake with the beautiful ducks
We loaded into the car and I drove us back up the hill and let Donna off at the handicapped parking lot. True to his word, the man met us in the parking
lot as promised, took Donna’s arm and guided her through the obstacles and into the building. Well, I had just lost my second person! Even though this
man had a warm, wonderful voice and a kindly face, how did I know that he wasn’t an axe murderer just waiting for a situation just like ours to carry out
his dastardly plan? (Do people still use the work dastardly?) Well, I thought, there’s not much I can do since there are probably no parking spaces within
a mile of the club house. Cars were double parked everywhere and by the time I found parking, probably miles away, Donna and Bevie would probably both
be kidnapped and far, far away from Scotts Valley! As I drove down the hill, there again was the kindly man. Somehow, he had found a saw horse, and while
I was driving Donna up to the handicapped parking lot, he had saved my parking space. I had not asked him to do that, but it was saved. As I was driving
around the building, he came over and moved the saw horse for me so I was able to park. Well, maybe he’s not that bad, I thought as I smiled and thanked
him for his help. But you never know, this might also be part of his nefarious plan! (Do people still use the word nefarious?)
I walked up the stairs to the concert, found Donna and then Bevie who had been with a friend who lived at the park, and we were all able to enjoy the concert
together. It was beautiful, well presented and just a great time. As for the home baked goodies? Well, I never made it back to the area where they sat
on several decorated tables. The crowd was huge and short of jumping over the backs of the chairs to get to the treats, well, I just had to let it go.
I never saw the kindly man after the concert, he just disappeared. After we dropped Bevie off at her home and we were driving back to Capitola, Donna turned
to look at me and said, “you realize, don’t you that God sent us an angel to help us out?” She was totally calm and the earlier problems had melted away.
I smiled and agreed that he was an angel. But as I turned my attention back to the road I thought, well, maybe, but you just never know!!
Yarn, hook and needle
Chemo Caps, A Joy
BY PHYLLIS CAMPBELL
They are indeed a joy, both for the giver and the recipient. I think most of us feel, what almost amounts to a feeling of guilt when we hear about someone
who has been diagnosed as having cancer. We are aware of the blessing of our own good health. “If we could just do something!”
Chemo, among other unpleasant things, often causes the hair to fall out, to the extent, that it’s simpler to shave the head. Enter the chemo cap, whether
the person has scant or no hair. This is a joy to give, and a joy to receive, but . . .
There are, as with most things, rules that make the gift more pleasant.
First of all, there is the choice of material. That bare scalp is sensitive, and the yarn must be super soft. If you use a wool blend, it is advisable
to make sure that the recipient isn’t allergic to wool. If this is a friend or relative, ask. If you’re knitting for a charity, make sure that the cap
contains the fiber content, and washing instructions are helpful. Below is a list of yarns that are appropriate for your cap. You will probably find some
of your favorites.
• Bernat Baby Coordinates
• Bernat Boa
• Bernat Cotton-ish
• Bernat Satin Yarn
• Berroco Comfort Yarn
• Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece
• Caron Simply Soft
• Cascade Fixation
• Debbie Bliss Cashmerino
• Knit Picks Shine Sport
• Knit Picks Shine Worsted
• Lion Brand Fun Fur
• Lion Brand Homespun
• Patons Silk Bamboo
• Plymouth Encore
• Red Heart Soft Baby Steps
Note that these are only suggestions, and by no means the only appropriate yarns.
Pattern, to is important. It is a good idea to avoid patterns with holes. Again, try to find out the recipient’s preference. I did a cap for a friend,
who wanted a lacy cap, so as with most things, there isn’t a hard and fast rule here. The only rule that I suggest you follow to the letter, is to avoid
bumps where possible. Remember that sensitive scalp. A good suggestion is reverse stockinette, stockinette with the bumps on the right side of the fabric.
Seams are also a no-no. Knit your hat in the round to avoid this.
Color is certainly a matter of preference. Neutral colors, are nice. They’ll go with anything. Still, it’s nice to be a bit frivolous. Choose bright colors,
that might suit the person’s personality, or dainty colors for those, who might be in that mood.
A couple “never” suggestions. Never, never present items if yours is a smoking home. Harsh? I don’t think so. Patients receiving chemo, have compromised
immune systems, and don’t need someone’s smell of smoke to add to their problems. If you have pets, check to see if the recipient has an allergy to dogs
or cats. If you’re knitting for a charity, consult them first.
Below is a simple pattern for a knit chemo cap. It can be dressed up or down by choice of color, a pompom, fancy button, use your imagination.
Apologies to the crocheters. I couldn’t find a pattern for a crocheted cap. Please, if you know where we can find one, let us know.
Knit Head Hugger
Designed by: Janelle Schlossman
Click on chemo caps
Materials: • Size 7 16" circular knitting needles
• Size 8 double pointed needles
• A few oz. Worsted weight yarn
With size 7 circular knitting needles, cast on 88 stitches.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Purl
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: Purl
Change to size 8 double pointed needles. Divide stitches between three needles.
Rounds 5-30 K.
Round 31: Knit 9, Knit 2tog (decrease) around.
Round 32: Knit.
Round 33: Knit 8, Knit 2tog (decrease) around.
Round 34: Knit.
Round 35: Knit 7, Knit 2tog (decrease) around.
Round 36: Knit
Round 37: Knit 6, Knit 2tog (decrease) around.
Round 38: Knit 5, Knit 2tog (decrease) around.
Round 39: Knit 4, Knit 2tog (decrease) around.
Round 40: Knit 3, Knit 2tog (decrease) around.
Round 41: Knit 2, Knit 2tog (decrease) around.
Round 42: Knit 1, Knit 2tog (decrease) around.
Round 43: Knit 2tog (decrease) around.
Cut yarn leaving a 12" tail. Thread yarn end through the remaining 8 stitches. Draw tight and sew closed. Weave in loose end.
(Note) If the bumps seem too harsh, hat can be turned inside out. Just remember this when you fasten off.)
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