October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as I’m sure you’ve been able to surmise through all the television ads, posters, and pink products popping up all over the place. This saturation of pink got me thinking about something I have been putting off for far too long. Knitting another washcloth! Oh, and going to the gyno to get my boobs checked.
It turns out that at the tender age of almost-thirty, you can’t just call up and ask for a mammogram. You have to call your doctor’s office twice, pleading for an appointment. Only after you cry “Lump” on your second call will they try to work with you. Then you have to wait in your OB/GYN office with approximately half a dozen very pregnant women for over an hour to see your doctor.
Once I finally got in to see my doctor, he confirmed what I already suspected: a mass in the “left upper outer quadrant” of my left breast. I have an appointment this week to get an ultrasound to see what is really going on in there. The good news is he suspects it is a common fibrous mass and nothing to worry about. I couldn’t help thinking that I would prefer a large fiber-ous mass (i.e. tons of yarn), but am hopeful that he is indeed correct.
So with all of that weighing on my mind this weekend, I decided to pick up my knitting needles and whip up something pink.
Needles: US Size 8 (the pattern calls for size 7, but I couldn’t find mine)
Mods: I cast on 45 stitches instead of 43 so I could have a 4-stitch border. Then I worked the border in garter stitch instead of moss stitch, just to keep it as simple as possible.
This yarn was a blast to knit up. Lately I’m a sucker for self-patterning yarn, especially when it’s in pretty shades of pink like this! The pattern was incredibly fast to knit. There is no chart for the ribbon, just written instructions, but I found them simple and intuitive to follow. I always use a Post-It note to track my progress line by line in a pattern like this, moving it each time I complete a row. You could also put the pattern inside a plastic sheet protector and use a dry erase marker to cross off the rows as you complete them.
I share this with you not to get attention, but to remind you to pay attention to your own body. Please remember to check yourself this month. Make an appointment with your doctor if you suspect anything is not normal with your body. Support your friend, sister, or mother if she is going through treatment or is a breast cancer survivor. Knit up this washcloth, then use it as a reminder to do monthly self exams.