Friday, February 27, 2009

Various Knitting projects

Tisha sent this pattern for a bike helmet earband and I immediate made one for Tim. This is made with a washable wool (cascade 220) from some leftovers from some fingerless gloves I made years ago. I think I will add a snap or maybe some velcro on the ear flap to keep it closed.

I also received this beautiful hand-dyed yarn from Ginny! Its South West Trading Company Tofutsies. Here's what one reseller says:

"Tofutsies" Yarn

For all you sock lovers who enjoy colorful combos & unique fibers, we have in stock "Tofutsies" sock yarn from South West Trading Company. Who knew that you could use chitin (made from shrimp & crab shells) to create wonderfully soft & durable fiber? Leave it to the yarn innovators at SWTC to add it to superwashed wool & traditional cotton plus Soysilk, South West's trademarked fiber made from tofu byproducts. The result is a terrific sock yarn with antibacterial properties. Made of 50% superwash wool, 25% soysilk, 22.5% cotton & 2.5% chitin.

Interesting Note: Scientists have found this type of chitin to be very compatible with human tissue and helpful in accelerating the healing of wounds.

Ginny dyed this hank herself! Itsn't she awesome! I can't wait to knit it up!

The scarf is made from Rainbow Boucle varigated yarn - Multi-directional scarf made up of small triangles to give the varigated pattern a different look.

This was a fun pattern to make. Bigger needles would result in a more lacy pattern. I was afraid that the fringe would quickly unravel so I crocheted little loops on the end.


Chris and Tisha said...

Great job on the "bike helmet earband"! You will have to let me know how well they work.

Heidi Olson said...

I just finished knitting up another headband using self-striping sock yarn. The following changes to the pattern should be made to accommodate the thinner yarn:

Cast on 24 stitches and K1, P1 for 6 rounds.

Increase until you have about 68 stitches then K1, P1 ribbing for 8 rounds. Cast off 34 stitches.

Then on the other side of the earband do the reverse.

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