Any ideas? and Maryland

February 12th, 2007

I am in the market for a soft and warm guy-friendly yarn for a hat & scarf project.

My mom and I are going to knit the set for a friend of my brother’s who is in his mid-twenties and was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He has never smoked a day in his life.

I have known him for a couple years and, seriously, he is one of the nicest guys… always smiling and making jokes. So sad. I just want to do something so… what do I do? Knit.

Anyway, any ideas? Something tweedy maybe? He lives out in Colorado so something warm but not scratchy as he is starting treatment soon.

In more positive news, Casey, Maya and I have booked our flights to go to Maryland Sheep and Wool. yaay!

I can’t wait- anyone else going to go this year?


I am also looking forward to SPA this weekend and next week we are going to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. So much to do before the end of the week!


20 Responses to “Any ideas? and Maryland”

  1. Adam Says:

    What about some Cascade 220? That’s a nice soft yarn, and it comes in guy friendly colors. Or if you want something more multicolored, I have some very nice and soft worsted weight wool over at I’d be more than happy to give you a discount to knit something to give comfort to someone who’s about to experience a battle with cancer. I don’t mean to give a business plug, I just thought you might like some of the guy friendly colors I like to dye up!

    Have a blast with all the traveling! I’m jealous!

  2. Carrie Says:

    Dude, that sucks about your brother’s friend. I’m sending good thoughts his way fer sure.

    MSW! I wanna go!!!

  3. Anne Says:

    I’ve made a couple of guys’ hats out of Louisa Harding Kashmir – it’s REALLY soft, comes in great, guy-friendly colors and it’s pretty inexpensive. I have a mistake-rib hat out of it that I absolutely LOVE. (It might even be superwash, although I’m not entirely sure about that part.) And I think Windsor Button carries it.

  4. maryse Says:

    oh god, i’m sorry about your brother’s friend.

  5. Kim P Says:

    Such sad news. Buttery soft and wonderful for a hat or scarf: Malabrigo worsted. This is amazing yarn.

  6. Shelley (Pink House) Says:

    So sorry. That is kind of you to knit a gift for him. Besides Cascade 220 which does come in masculine, tweedy colors, I would recommend Beaverslide Dry Goods yarn. It is made in Montana and I made a really masculine nubby sweater for my son out of it. It has a rugged look but was surprisingly soft after wet-blocking it using Brown Sheep animal fiber shampoo. I used the Bison Brown color. The company is small – they mail out right away but you can order from their website or call them.

  7. Sara Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend… but what a wonderful thing you are doing for him!

    Not sure if I am crazy or if I really did see this somewhere, but doesn’t Karabella have a Soft Tweed brand yarn?

  8. Sherry Says:

    That is so sad when someone that young has cancer-my dausghter was 22 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins. He is in my thoughts and prayers. Debbie Bliss alpaca and silk is soo soft and I think its thick and manly looking!

  9. Terra Says:

    So sad about your brother’s friend. There is a great guy’s scarf in last minute gifts, and it would be easy to make a tuque in matching colours. What a lucky girl you are, if I could do any of the things you are doing in the upcoming week I’d be ecstatic.

  10. Amy Boogie Says:

    Sorry to hear about your friend. Cascade is nice, so are some of the Alpaca blends. I’m sure you’ll find something fantastic at SPA this weekend.

    I’m jealous, I was hoping to make it to MSW this year. I think it’s going to have to wait another year. 🙂 I’m sure you’ll have a great time.

  11. Sarah Says:

    So sad. I am sorry to hear that. But I have to agree with one of the other commenters – Malabrigo is just the best…the best. They have some great guy colors. Nice dark green, chocolate, black, the list goes on. On another note, MSW – is it as neat as it sounds? Worth the trip from Michigan?

  12. Maya Says:

    I agree malibrigo might be a good choice for your friend’s hat. Or felted tweed? Too scratchy?

    Did you know I have a poncho just like that lady’s in the last picture? So warm, even if I do look like a weird blob in it.

  13. carrie m Says:

    oh that’s so terrible about your brother’s friend. so, so unfair. makes you think twice about complaining about your weight or parking space or noisy neighbors.

  14. elisa Says:

    Oh, Jess, my heart goes out to your friend…and I completely understand the urge to “do” something.

    I would recommend Karabella Aurora 8 – it is amazingly soft but warm, comes in good guy friendly colors and knits up in no time.

    I am looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

  15. Kirby Says:

    Cancer is such an unncessary evil. It’s especially difficult when it affects those that made efforts to avoid its rath. I hope your brother’s friend finds a way to make through this difficult time with some happiness and comfort. I’m sure your thoughtful gift will help.

    I am going to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival!!!

    We should meet! I live here in MD so let me know if you have any questions. I went last year and had a blast.

  16. Susan Says:

    If you really want to make him feel cherished, and you can afford it, try the Fibre Company’s Road to China. It is super soft and comes in many scrumptious (and masculine) colors. I made my brother a scarf for Xmas using the cashmere scarf pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Scarf took three skeins, and was so soft and lovely I had to order more yarn and make one for my eldest son, as he was threatening to steal his uncle’s from under the tree.My favorite color is Lapis, which seems to shimmer with undertones of teal and evergreen.

    Will keep your bother’s friend in my prayers. I have a close friend who is about to undergo surgery for breast cancer. Am trying frantically to finish a prayer shawl (pattern free on-line) before she enters the hospital. It means so much for someone to be able to wrap visible evidence of your love around them at such a stressful time. God bless.

  17. Dorothy B Says:

    I agree with an Alpaca Silk blend. Sometimes people also develope allergies and that it a pretty hypo-allergenic blend.

    I hope everything goes well for your brother’s friend. Curly Purly has a nice pattern for a f*** cancer hat. It says that on the inside of the brim. She uses a bamboo yarn for hers, but I’m sure you could substitute any yarn of the same weight.

  18. Christie Says:

    I don’t have any suggestions for anything! What I do have is a lot of love and good wishes for your friend.

  19. mel Says:

    Oh, I hate to hear that about your friend. Sending lots of positive thoughts his way. Cancer sucks.

    I am SO looking forward to MSW – it’s been on my calendar for MONTHS!!!

  20. CraftyBeaver Says:

    I recently started a hat for my brother with KnitPicks Swish Superwash–easy care, and I’m really impressed with how amazingly soft and smooth it is! Comes in a variety of classic dude colors.