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Friday, December 16, 2011


I love to ice skate.  Some of  the best times of my life have been spent at the skating rink, so when I saw this pattern for a skating bonnet, I knew I would have to knit it.   This is truly a quick knit that can be made up in a weekend.  What I love about it, is that it's snug around the ears.  Did you know that I'm a medical miracle?  When I was fifteen I contracted the German measles and my eardrums burst because of the infection.  Most people that this happens to die, but not me.  Though it was quite touch and go for weeks and as a result I'm profoundly deaf.  My deafness has been somewhat corrected with high power hearing aids so that is why I need a snug fitting hat to wear outside when the wind blows.  The wind really wreaks havoc with hearing aids.  My eardrums are quite fascinating to every doctor I've ever come in contact with.  How many people can say they have fascinating eardrums?  I think I'll leave them to science!

So there you have it.  If you'd like the pattern, just e-mail me.


  1. This is fabulous! Pattern, please, Jane??

    I love hats! They are so much fun to make, aren't they?? And they work so fast! Next to socks, I think this is one of my favorite things to knit!

    Are you having a great week?

  2. I am so glad God let you live! And glad for modern technology to help you now. The hat is so pretty. I'm jealous that you ice skate. I try, but I am so wobbly and afraid! We can ice skate at the local University (of DE). But when I was little, I waited for my school bus by a junk yard with a little bit of frozen water, and we used to slide around and pretend we were ice skating..ha!

  3. Jane, I'm so glad you're a miracle! Nothing like amazing's good for them. :o)

    Oh, and I'd love the hat pattern. I'll be emailing you. Thanks for offering it.

  4. I'm in love with your skating bonnet! Do you think your pattern could be sized down to fit a baby? I'd love to make one for mine. And, what a miracle you are indeed! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

  5. Hi Matty! I'll get it the pattern sent out to you tomorrow.

    Hi Andrea! I'm so glad that I live now when they have hearing aids. When they don't work and I have to be deaf until they are repaired it is very disorientating. I'm know Sasha Cohen, but I can stay up and stop. You'd think after decades, I'd have developed some skills. When I was young, I was more interested in sitting in the warming shack and chatting with my friends, than actually learning!

    Be glad to send you the pattern, Sandra!

    Hi Jaime! I think it could be adapted to a baby quite easily by changing the knitting needles and using baby (or sock) weight yarn. It's kind of on the smallish side for an adult.If you'll e-mail me your address, I'll get it sent out to you right away. Sorry I couldn't scan the pattern and just e-mail it, but ever since I got a new router my scanner doesn't work!

  6. Jane your skating bonnet is beautiful- I love the pattern- my daughter is a self taught beginning knitter, I will have to show her this hat in the morning. I love the colors you chose! German measles sounds awful!! My son is fifteen, that must have been difficult as a teen- how wonderful that you survived, and what a blessing technology is! I haven't been skating in years, sounds like fun!

  7. Hi April! The bonnet is a perfect pattern for a beginner knitter. Pretty easy with just enough of a challenge to learn some new skills and to keep it interesting. It's a great pattern to learn Norwegian style knitting since the pattern is very simple. And it's quick. I think there's less than 60 rows altogether, so it truly does knit up quick. I think the hardest part of the measles was that I was out of school for a year. When I came back I was like the new kid, but not quite. All of my friends had moved on to other friends and that hurt me very deeply. Especially since I had known many since kindergarten. They had given up trying to communicate with me, while the doctors fiddled around with trying to see if my hearing would come back and I spent a year in total deafness. I still carry a deep distrust for people because of it. Sad but true.

  8. dear jane,
    the skating bonnet is soooooooooooooooooo wonderful.i love the pattern, skating makes fun,i love it.
    have a nice weekend,
    love and hugs,regina

  9. Hi Jane, your bonnet is so beautiful! I love your color work, and the Norwegian style patterns you make, the stitches are just perfect. You are such a talented knitter. I love how you are not daunted by the complicated designs. The stitches are perfect.

    What an ordeal you endured at such a young age. I am so sorry you had to go through such a painful time with the kids at school. Something similar happened to me when I was 13. My mom and I were injured very badly in a car accident and when I eventually came back to school, I had to wear a metal back brace for several months that went from my waist, to under my chin.

    The little brother of the man, (who was drunk when he hit us), told everyone at school that I was faking and was not really hurt and that my family was just trying to get money from his family. I was beaten and hit, pushed, thrown into lockers. and tormented verbally in some way everyday. I went from being a happy, trusting girl to someone who wanted nothing more than to be invisible.

    It was a painful and humiliating experience. There is always a little part in the back of my mind that knows how quickly certain kinds of people can turn or be persuaded to be cruel or unkind. I am not naturally distrusting exactly, but my antennas are always up, if you know what I mean. Thank you for posting this story today Jane, it was very inspiring! Delisa :)

  10. Happy birthday to you dear Regina! Hope it's a day filled with fun and family!

  11. First thank you for the kind words, Delisa! This is the perfect beginners pattern for those that want to learn this style of knitting. And it's quick! There's only about 60 rows for the entire thing. It took the most time for me to crochet the strings. I learned to finger crochet in Brownies. A valuable skill!

    Secondly, I'm so sorry that you had to go through that, Dear Delisa! In my case something very good came from it. The only "friend" to remain loyal to me was my dear Ran, whom I just started dating only a few months prior. That told me all I needed to know about his character! Plus I know how very precious life is. So take joy in it every day, every hour, every minute, and every second!

  12. Lovely scating bonnet! I like it. Is it difficult/hard to knit. Oh, measles is a nasty disease. High fever! I'm a little hard of hearing but did not require hearing aid.

    May I have the pattern.

  13. I'd love to send you the pattern Jedidja!Just send me your address to: Hopefully next week I can get my IT man (my son) to figure out how to get the scanner to work and I can post the actual pattern on the blog. But for now, it'll have to be done the old fashioned way, through the mail!

  14. What an attractive 'bonnet.' I'm in awe of knitters! Both my parents suffered some deafness as they aged and I see myself following that pattern. I am humbled when I meet those who have dealt with it at a much younger age.

  15. Oh are a blessing in so many ways. I am so glad that Our Lord made sure you were here, now, to tell the tale :)

    Be blessed today,


  16. Hello Morning! One of the things that can be done to avert deafness is to be very careful with your ears. Always wear protection when working with loud machinery, etc. I shudder when I see so many people using those leaf blowers without any protection. The frequency is so high on them. Hearing is one of those things people take for granted. I know your husband works around loud machines like tractors and chainsaws, so I hope he's wearing ear protectors.

    How sweet of you to say Maria! Thank you!

  17. What a testimony! Beautiful hat too. :-)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    God's blessings,

  18. Merry Christmas to you to, Anne!

  19. Dear Jane,

    What a lovely hat; my favorite color combination! I tried knitting a dishcloth once that looked more like a leper bandage! I haven't tried it lately, but we'll have to give it a go after Christmas.



    p.s. I'm glad your life was spared, too!

  20. Oh Marqueta! You are so funny! Anyone that can play the piano as you do, certainly has the dexterity to knit. It's just a matter of hooking the yarn around needles after all. Just as with the piano, it's practice, practice, practice!

  21. Oh that is adorable! Could you please email me the pattern? Thank you, Angela

  22. Be glad to Angela! Just e-mail me at my e-mail address at the top of the page. It will be about a week before I get my scanner fixed. I can also mail you via USPS the pattern if you would care to send me your physical address.

  23. Somehow I don't think that pretty little hat is a weekend project for me but it sure looks fun! And you wear it well!! Perfect for a snowy day!

    Merry Christmas!!

  24. Hello Sandy! Well it really is easy and only about 60 rows so you really could knit it in a weekend, although it would have to be one of those weekends where you weren't doing much else. Ach du lieber! That picture! One day I'll take it a picture in some decent lighting and have someone else take it so the camera angle doesn't distort my face. Plus I'll where something more flattering. Afraid I need a hat with a high brim to make my little round face look longer.