Walking in Memphis

A couple of weeks ago, my husband, John, and I took a weekend trip to Memphis.  I love Memphis and we always have a great time when we go there. 
There is a lovely yarn shop there call Yarniverse—where I can always blow my monthly yarn budget in about 10 minutes!!! Beautiful things!  This time my favorite yarn purchase was a hank of Interlacements Irish Jig in Las Vegas Brights.  Which I came home and immediately crocheted it into this beautiful lace stole. I love it!

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John and I also take every opportunity we can to eat BBQ ribs at BB King’s.  These ribs are so tender and delicious! 

We walked around Beale Street, attended a Memphis Redbirds game, visited a little blues club with a patio.  We had a great time there but the name is totally escaping me right now. 

The most amazing thing I saw was St. Jude Children’s hospital. It was huge! We went there because I was donating some chemo caps.  I had crocheted and donated 50 caps and the place has this effect of making you feel like you really want to do more.  You see some of the children and it’s difficult, but it sure makes you grateful that all of yours are healthy. 

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This is a picture of the first round of completed hats.  Pretty dull I know.

This is an adorable little hat that I did for some of the little girls.  That little bow is just the cutest.

For some of the boys I ordered some iron on football and Superman patches and put those on some of them.  Boys are harder than girls. With girls you just make a quick flower or bow and voila! You’ve got yourself something cute and adorable. Boys require a bit more thought. ;-/

This is John and me in front of the St. Jude statue.

This is Vilma Carnahan and me.  Vilma is a lovely woman and very sweet.  She is the head of nonmonetary donations at St. Jude. So, if you are inspired to donate some things, Vilma is the one that you call. 
I will mention though, that if you do want to donate, everything must be done in a pet free, smoke free home and then bagged individually in plastic bags.  I washed all of mine in hypoallergenic laundry detergent but that’s not a rule.

So, my friends, if you would like to do some caps, here is a very basic hat pattern that I used and then just decorated from there.

Worsted weight yarn and a size I hook

Ch 4, join to form a ring.

Rnd 1:  Ch 3, work 11 more dc in ring, join to beg ch 3. (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st, work 2 dc in each rem st around.  Join. (24 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, work 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, Rep from * around. Join. (36 dc)

Rnd 4:  Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around. Join. (48 dc)

Rnds 5—9:  Ch 3, dc in next st around. Join.

Rnds 10—12:  Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join.

Fasten off.