As soon as I saw the previews for Rachel Coopey's new Toasty collection, I knew I had to buy it.
And when the book arrived, I cast on straight away.
This is the Catterick Hat.
I made the smallest size, thinking it was for a girl. No girl in particular, but definitely a female.
However, while we were sitting in the hospital yesterday, I popped it on (with needles still in place) to entertain the waiting room, and FL immediately declared his interest. He has really been feeling the cold lately and wanted a hat that covers his ears and the back of his neck - perfect!
As we were in there all day, from 10am to 6pm, I had plenty of time to work on it. I finished it this morning.
The yarn is a gorgeous soapy-soft merino / cashmere/ bombyx silk mix, "Sunna" by Spirit Trail Fiberworks. It was a Knit Love Club yarn back in 2010.
This is the first smile I have seen in days.
FL had hoped to travel to Newcastle this weekend for a friend's 70th birthday party. However, the doctor said it was absolutely out of the question.
His myeloma is back with a vengeance.
Yesterday brought an emergency infusion of fluids as he is suffering from hypercalcaemia: high levels of calcium in his blood.
They also took x-rays of his lungs and spine. He has lost height in recent weeks, which suggests collapsed vertebrae. And he has a rattling cough that just won't go away.
So another blood sample was sent off to Birmingham. His February Freelite test showed another large increase in his kappa light chains score. There is every reason to believe that the cancer is on the rampage.
Back to the hospital on Tuesday to see the consultant.
At least he has a warm head.