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Monday, February 15, 2010

Knitted Helmet Liner - aka My Olympics-Watching Project

Whenever there is a major viewing event, such as the Super Bowl or the Winter or Summer Olympics, I like to have a project ready and waiting so that my hands will not be idle as I sit and marvel at other people's talents and abilities. Since I had already finished my sweater, and I am not quite ready to begin another long term project like an afghan, I brought up a little knitting project purchased from Patternworks a few months ago. It's a helmet liner which I will send back to Patternworks once it is finished, and they will send them along to the troops. There is a link on the Patternworks main page if you are interested in more information about the project.

Knitted Helmet LinerThere are several yarn choices for this project, but I chose Nature Spun worsted weight wool, made in the USA, and my color choice was Latte. It really does look good enough to drink! The pattern comes free with the purchase of approved helmet liner colors.

Knitted Helmet LinerThis project is turning out to be what I would call 'small knitting' because it requires 16inch circular needles and only one skein of yarn. I've been knitting on it for several days now, and it still isn't very big or heavy. So it's small!

Knitted Helmet LinerThe first six inches are a 2 x 2 rib, meaning knit 2, purl 2 ribbing, on size 6 16 inch circular needles, so it's very rhythmic and relaxing and the whole thing fits right in my hands. It's also easy to handle because, like I said before, it's small - no large pieces to maneuver around in my lap! I like a project that requires very little thought when I'm trying to enjoy the Olympics coverage.

Knitted Helmet LinerAnother benefit of starting this project was that it required a needle that I did not have, so I had to visit my favorite little local yarn shop, The Merry Weaver right here in Leominster, and make a purchase! I could not believe I did not have one 16 inch circular needle in size 8 among all the dozens and dozens of needles in my collection! That was fine with me though since I have become quite a fan of the addi Turbo line of circulars with their very flexible and soft cables and the nice feel of their needles. Just something about them! Have you ever used them? What do you think of addi Turbo knitting needles?

Spring is on its way, slowly but surely! The sun was actually shining this morning while it was snowing! That's progress! And I just got word of a fun Easter/Bunny/Springtime giveaway that I was invited to join. I'll be sharing information on that once I decide what lovely little item I am going to make for the occasion. This weekend I will be visiting a new quilt shop so while I'm there, I just might look for some Easter inspiration for my giveaway item. I'll keep you posted!

Happy Stitching!

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  • What new quilt shop? Do I know about it? So many shops, so little time....
    Looks like tomorrow's storm will be some more good knitting time. Stay warm!

    By Blogger Karen M, At February 15, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

  • Love the addi's too! The lace needles are great for socks too. I also like other brands of needles, and it's hard to choose a favorite :^)

    By Anonymous Strix, At March 11, 2010 at 12:42 PM  

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