Knitting pattern for lung cancer research: Kim's Earnin' Turban

This is the beautiful Dr. Kimberly Ringen, friend, neighbor, fashionista, veterinary oncologist, rabid Bronco fan, mama to fur babies Madison, Jill, Petey the pug and kitty Bernard, wife to Davin, sister, auntie, daughter, fisherperson and all-around good egg.

In June of 2013 at the age of 36, she was diagnosed with Stage IV ALK positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer. She ran half marathons. Was a competitive cyclist. And never smoked. Un. Freaking. Believable.

There is nothing good to be said about it except that Denver is the center for some of the world's most advanced research on Kim's rare cancer. Kim is enrolled in a clincal trial at the University of Colorado directed by the brilliant Dr. Ross Camidge. And she's doing well-ish.

Kim isn't our only loved one who has battled or is battling lung cancer. Dr. Camidge is also treating the lovely Polly, who not-so-affectionately calls her tumor, "that little f*cker." And Mr. Nake-id's dad has had his own lung cancer journey (caught incredibly early and treated successfully).

Given all of this serious guano we felt compelled to do a little something and hope you will join in. Though Kim's drug didn't devastate her hair, it's caused her red curls to thin a bit, hence the adorable pixie cut. And hair accessories can't hurt, especially now that the weather is turning. Ergo Kim's Earnin' Turban.

The pattern is a quick, fun knit and all proceeds will be donated to the University of Colorado's Lung Cancer Fund. The fund not only helps support the research that's keeping Kim and Polly alive, it also provides financial assistance to patients. 

The pattern is available on Ravelry. If you aren't a knitter, please consider the University of Colorado's Lung Cancer Fund in your planning for end-of-year charitable gifts. They are doing remarkable work.

Thank you,

The Nake-ids

Free Pattern Wednesday: The Nake-id Tote

Nake-id Tote al fresco: The perfect beginner project

This is the pattern I use for all my beginning knitting classes. It teaches everything a new knitter needs to begin his or her career: knitting and purling, casting on, binding off, increasing, decreasing, seaming and felting. Students like it because felting forgives a world of "sins," plus they get something chic they can really use.

I've knit this bag countless times in orange, red, purple and multis. It'd be cool in brown with embroidered leopard spots, too.

Pin a rhinestone brooch on it and you're good to go!

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky; 2 skeins

Needles: 11 US/8 mm 16-inch circular  


1. CO 40 stitches.

2. Work 9 rows in St st, starting with a purl row.

3. Row 10 (decrease row): K2, K2TOG, knit to within four stitches of row’s end and K2TOG, K2. Repeat this decrease row every 10th row until you have 30 stitches remaining.

4. Work 19 more rows in St st.

5. Next row (increase row) K2, inc 1, knit to within two stitches of row’s end and inc 1, K2. Repeat this increase row every 10th row until you have 40 stitches.

6. Work 9 more rows in St st.7. BO. 


1. Weave in all ends.

2.      Sew side seams together.

3.      Felt until you have achieved a thick, dense fabric. Allow to dry flat.

4.      Attach handles to the top of the bag using a basic whip stitch. 


Acrylic 5- x 3-inch handles available from