February 15, 2013

Fuzzy Wuzzy!


It’s fuzzy, salt-and-pepper and growing molasses-slow, but it’s coming back. Although, truth be told, I’d gotten quite used to looking as if I were the love child of a mad scientist and an orangutan. Hell, I’ve been all over this city as bald as a coot. And if anyone noticed, trust me, cancer makes it easy to win staring contests.

The weird thing is, although you can’t tell in these photos, the “pepper” part—solid black. I haven’t had a strand of black hair in my entire life.



In between treatments, which are ongoing, and emergency trips to the hospital, which have also been ongoing (frustratingly), knitting has been happening but at such a rapid rate that things have flown out of the house before I remember to take a photo: Bright green, Blue Moon Socks That Rock socks for the sister; an infinity scarf for the niece; a men’s chemo cap for the infusion center... Here is one thing that is hanging around, though, because I knit it for moi—a French market shopping bag, here, looking unattractively like a limp, used condom…


…and, here, in its more natural state, doing what it was born to do. (This bag is strong! I raided my pantry for this photo and there are some heavy-ass cans in there.)


I was compelled to knit this because:
• Seattle outlawed plastic shopping bags last year
• I have yet to remember to bring reusable bags into any store, anywhere, and I thought maybe if I surrounded myself with bags, I would remember to pick one up on my way out the door.
• Cute reusable bags that used to be sold in the store for .99 cents are now, thanks to the law of supply and demand, $3 or $4

I have noticed, however, that supermarket checkers Do Not Like This Bag. If I bring a mass-produced bag and this one up to the counter, they will stuff the mass-produced bag until it's begging for mercy, and put anything that doesn't fit straight back into the cart, sans bag. Today I had to gently encourage the checker, almost as if he were a frightened kitten, to use the knitted bag. He put in...some napkins.

Vital stats:

• Pattern: Knitted String Groceries Bag

• Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton in the color Snap Pea (which I lerv)

• Pattern uses knitted handles but I went crazy-wild with creativity and used clear acrylic instead. Makes for a more comfortable handle, plus the original handles added unnecessarily to the “sag factor.”

Next up: Find a job, my fourth in two years, if I’m doing the math right.

Posted by Ryan at February 15, 2013 02:42 AM

Cute bag! Keep it in your car - that's where my reusable grocery bags live.

Posted by: Caroline on February 15, 2013 04:54 AM

Oh and PS, I've always wondered what a coot is, they are such a ubiquitous participant in similes...

Posted by: Caroline on February 15, 2013 05:12 AM

I'm all over the "keep it in the car" habit, Caroline, but then you shop, you bring the groceries and the bag in the house, and it's not in the car anymore. There's the rub.

Posted by: Ryan on February 15, 2013 06:11 AM

Yay! Glad to see you posting. I don't know what is up with cashiers and reusable bags. In NYC, I've been bringing my own bag years before it was in fashion. At first, I could say, "I have a bag" and the cashier would pack it for me. Now, it seems like they're afraid to touch my bag. If I say "I have bags," I'm stuck packing my own bags. You'd think that the more people were doing it, the more they'd be used to the routine.

Maybe if you held back the mass produced bag and only gave them the knit one at first, they'd actually use it and learn to love it as they should.

Posted by: Jen Anderson on February 15, 2013 07:06 AM

What a cute bag - The whole "remember those shopping bags??" Oy! I hang them on the front doorknob (or I suppose, if I had a garage, I'd hang them on the doorknob leading to that). Then I carry them out when I go!

Posted by: Knitnana on February 15, 2013 07:53 AM

Awesome bag! I knitted myself some string bags several years ago and I still love them. (I keep them in my car to prevent forgetting.) And, you know, yay for growing hair! May you continue to see signs of recovery, no matter how slow.

Posted by: Kristen on February 15, 2013 09:01 AM

You have a very nice shaped head! and the way your hair is coming in, it looks like a super-chic short pixie cut.

Posted by: Pat-formerly from VA on February 15, 2013 10:51 AM

When my mom's hair started to grow back in after chemo, I told her --truthfully -- that I liked that short pixie-ish style much better than how she had worn it before.

Great string bag! Color me muy impressed that Seattle outlawed plastic bags. Wish more cities would do that. Several years ago I bought a five-pack of nylon bags in their own pouch and carry it in my oversized purse. Otherwise I would never remember to bring them.

Posted by: kmkat on February 15, 2013 10:55 AM

The bag looks pretty awesome. I wonder if their reluctance to use the bag has to do with not realizing it is supposed to stretch to fit a ton of stuff?

Posted by: Seanna Lea on February 15, 2013 12:41 PM

My uncle had lymphoma back in the 70's. He's Chinese, so he had jet-black, Asian-straight hair. When it grew back after chemo, it was still black but it was wiry and all over the place. His son inherited it, too.

Love the shopping bag! I've always been skeptical about the ability of knitted bags to really hold groceries, but I like the look of yours.

Posted by: Stardancer on February 15, 2013 12:44 PM

Well, once again, you (and 99.8% of the human population) have more hair than me. And hawter lookin' to boot.

"He put in...some napkins." Of all our fambly, you make me laugh the most, and I love you for it.

Posted by: Cuzzin Tom on February 15, 2013 01:41 PM

Great Bag. When my husband and I lived in Miami for a while, we would bring our own bag, and the bagger or checker would give them an odd look, and the pack two or three items at a time into a plastic bag (which they do all the time,just 1-3 items per bag), then put the plastic bags into our reusable bags. #facepalm

Posted by: Meredith on February 16, 2013 05:08 PM

I see neither pepper nor salt. You look like you are rocking the platinum Annie Lennox/Eurythmics 'do.

Posted by: Kitten on February 17, 2013 08:44 PM

I love the hair; it looks very chic. Yay for signs of improvement, no matter how slow.

We have many reusable logo bags left behind when one of our offices closed. The checkers here in STL are totally confused by them. One checker searched all over for the tag to charge us for them, even though the company logo is very large and visible. Another packed all our groceries in the cloth bags, then stuck a loaf of bread in the only flat insulated bag. I guess the bread needed to be kept at room temperature more than it needed to be kept unsquished.

Posted by: Beth in STL on February 18, 2013 05:33 AM
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