Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Pink Hat with ball

Size 10 ½ ” needles circular needles
1 ball of Red heart kooky – pink
1 ball White yarn from the church’s garage sale

Cast on 60 with both yarns. Knit 2, Purl 1 for about 7-9”

My sister Heidi and I were talking about our Grandmother Lamb. Grandma was a knitter and textile handcrafter. She was also known for her pies, gardening, bridge playing and book reading. I shared with Heidi that the Ligonier library had her telephone number on speed dial. Whenever they purchased a new book, Grandma was first to be called. It seems fitting that the hat be started in Hannibal, MO home to one of America’s greatest writers Samuel Clements. Heidi says that this hat reminds her of the ones she knitted us. It figures that Heidi should still have her hat (pink with white ball).

When I was in my early twenties, Grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I remember the diagnosis to be a relief for our family. It was a concrete explanation regarding her behavior changes and losing items.

The Alzheimer’s Association recommends that in order to “maintain your brain” you need to exercise it. Recent studies confirm older people can improve their memory and problem solving skills with practice. Stimulating your brain can increase the number of brain cells and the connections between brain cells and strengthen your current brain cells and connections between them. Crossword puzzles, playing board games and interacting with friends were examples of helping to reduce the risk.

Additional studies are showing strong evidence between heart health and brain health. There is a growing body of research that shows a connection between rates of dementia and a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise.

* Decrease keeping the pattern
Round 1: (Knit/purl 8, Knit 2tog) around. Round 2 and all even rounds: Keep pattern. Round 3: (Knit/purl 7, Knit 2tog) around. Round 5: (Knit/purl 6, Knit 2tog) around.Round 7: (Knit/purl 5, Knit 2tog) around.Round 9: (Knit/purl 4, Knit 2tog) around.Round 11: (Knit/purl 3, Knit 2tog) around.Round 13: (Knit/purl 2, Knit 2tog) around.Round 15: (Knit/purl 1, Knit 2tog) around.Round 17: Knit/purl 2tog around.

Cut the yarn leaving a 15" tail, weave it through the stitches remaining, and fasten off.

Make pompom and attach to the top.
Note: Hannibal, MO has a nice knitting shop near Sam's family home. It's by the stairs up to the lighthouse. The owner was watching foodnetwork while I was there. He was busy working on a sweater for his relative.

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