January 18, 2014

...Two Bits!

Recently, I changed my blog photo to this:

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The story behind the picture is that my chemo-curls had started to get the better of me. Sometimes I looked like Angela Davis…

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...and sometimes I looked like Flattop:

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So, although you can’t see it in the picture, in an effort to wrassle the curls into some semblance of order, I'm wearing a headband. It's one of a set of three cheesy, cheap, stretchy ones bought at Idolatry*. One is black (non-committal shrug of shoulders), one dark brown (meh) and one a putrid sandy brown (blech).

It then occurred to one that one could knit her own damn headbands and make them any color she wanted! So, out came the needles and yarn remnants and in short order I had two headbands of admittedly pretty tame colors: a gray that goes with my hair (unknown-brand alpaca for those who care about such things)…

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And churned out last night, a blue that goes with jeans (Lion Brand Jiffy Thick and Quick for those who care about such things):

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Headbands that are more colorful are on the horizon but, that being said, I've discovered that knitting headbands makes me downright twitchy. You cast on, knit an inch or two of ribbing and cast off. Which is all you need but it feels as if you’ve started knitting a hat, made the ribbing, had a severe senior moment and forgot to knit the rest of the hat. Perhaps a better way to way to describe it is it feels like when someone does only the first five beats of “shave and a haircut:" Dum dum-dum dum dum...[silence].

(If I have now made you twitchy, relief is at hand. Read the title.)

* I use a British voice on my GPS and this is how he pronounces Dollar Tree. Of course I glommed right on to it.

Posted by Ryan at January 18, 2014 01:40 AM
Comments

Your hair looks amazing, Ryan! Take that, chemo! This hair is full of win!

Posted by: Emma M on January 18, 2014 06:39 AM

Love it!

Posted by: pacalaga on January 18, 2014 08:45 AM

Has your hair always been curly? My memory fails me... However, I do really really like the way it looks now!

Elder Son had absolutely straight hair until puberty, when it suddenly gained curls and waves. Hard to say where that came from, since everyone else on both sides of the family has rod-straight hair. Except for the hair that grows about 2" above the hairline on the back of my head -- that is wavy. Weird.

Posted by: kmkat on January 18, 2014 12:21 PM

Oooh, think how pretty your gorgeous gray will look with some of the awesome colors that you get with the handpainted skeins! This should be a great stash buster though.

Posted by: Laurie on January 19, 2014 12:35 PM

Lookin' good!

Posted by: Trish on January 19, 2014 01:10 PM

It's funny that your mind twitches over the knittus interruptus. I hope having the cool headbands help you get over that feeling!

I LOVE the GPS version of Dollar Tree. Mine cracks me up sometimes, too. I was on a road in Jamaica Plain, which is part of Boston--the road is called the Jamaicaway, and she pronounced it "ja-MAY-ic-a-way," which had me doing a big double-take. Where did that extra syllable come from? She often puts the accent in the wrong place, but doesn't usually add.

Posted by: ccr in MA on January 19, 2014 05:15 PM

Girl, that is some SERIUOSLY GORGEOUS HAIR! Holy crap.

Posted by: MaryB in Richmond on January 21, 2014 03:44 AM

Lookat you, you sexy thang!

Posted by: Kristen on January 21, 2014 12:31 PM

You have great curls. I wish my hair was as thick as that!
I use the Australian voice on my GPS. His name is Lee according to the menu, but I have to call them all things with GPS initials. He's Gordon Powell Smythe.

Posted by: Caroline on January 22, 2014 10:54 AM
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