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Old 02-07-2010, 10:31 AM   #21
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! Helmet Liner Success
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Well, I finished it. It's not bad, but I can tell that the more you make the better you get (at least for me....these directions weren't quite enough for me - I need the "when you get to x number of stitches, divide them between 3 dp needles) and I think maybe I might need to do more decreaes near the place where the ribbing from the neck meets the ribbing around the face. It almost seemed like there was too much of a gap there, although hubby tried it on and said it fit him fine.

I also found out picking up stitches when using black yarn is tougher than the video that shows using lighter colored yarn (or maybe that's just me, too), but since that's one of the few colors allowed I'll just have to keep practicing and learning.

Thanks kae for all your help!!! I'll stick this one in my As package, and let them see if one of them can wear it - if not, they can pass it on.
I'm so glad you were able to finish the helmet liner with success. If it fits your hubby it should work fine for others. It is always such a nice feeling to be able to complete a tough project and have it be successful.

I too have trouble working with black and try to only knit on it in daylight especially when picking up stitches. There is something about the natural light that helps me in that process.

Happy knitting. The next one should be a lot easier.

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Old 02-07-2010, 10:41 AM   #22
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Did you have any problems with there seeming to be a bit of a "gap" right around (what in Shandeh's picture looks like the eye or "meeting area")? Bob said it was OK, but they were so specific about no areas for wind to get in, and I don't think mine is that close a fit. I'm wondering about taking in a couple extra stitches in that area in the final row.

Of course, if it won't work for that, they can always wear it to bed if their heads get cold at night.............. (can you tell I'm a perfectionist who ALWAYS second guesses myself?)

Thanks, and I'll keep at it! I have another skein of black and one of brown, so I've got at least two more in me. But, since I'm having outpatient knee surgery Friday, maybe I should pick up a couple more skeins in case I'm not knocked out from pain meds and run out of yarn.
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Old 02-07-2010, 01:00 PM   #23
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Did you have any problems with there seeming to be a bit of a "gap" right around (what in Shandeh's picture looks like the eye or "meeting area")? Bob said it was OK, but they were so specific about no areas for wind to get in, and I don't think mine is that close a fit. I'm wondering about taking in a couple extra stitches in that area in the final row.

Of course, if it won't work for that, they can always wear it to bed if their heads get cold at night.............. (can you tell I'm a perfectionist who ALWAYS second guesses myself?)

Thanks, and I'll keep at it! I have another skein of black and one of brown, so I've got at least two more in me. But, since I'm having outpatient knee surgery Friday, maybe I should pick up a couple more skeins in case I'm not knocked out from pain meds and run out of yarn.
First, good luck with the knee surgery. My daughter has had surgery on both knees to keep her kneecap from dislocating and I know just how much trouble knees can be.

Second, for the gap, can you take a couple of duplicate stitches and close the gap? I always finish off my ends with the duplicate stitch weaving technique so the ends don't come loose and there aren't any knots. That method should work to close the gap. I think there is a video on knitting help showing how to do it.

Like you, I feel a lot better if I have lots of yarn available for projects when I'm recovering (or sitting with my husband when he is recovering). It is my 'security blanket' I guess.

Good luck and happy knitting.

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Old 02-07-2010, 10:43 PM   #24
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Congratulations on your helmetliner completion, miccisue!

And kae1crafts was a great helper.
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:37 AM   #25
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Congrats in finishing your first helmetliner! I like to do them. I think I've done seven now. I understand about the black yarn. I did my first in black. Tan is so much easier for me.

I use Cascade 220 & Galway. Both work for me. I make the neck ribbing 7 3/4 inches long and still have yarn left over. For the above the eyes part, I use a provisional cast on cause I don't like picking up stitches. I usually do a Russian bind off. Is stretchy. I don't worry about the gap beside the eyes. It helps the fabric to not be stressed when the part that covers the mouth is below the chin. On the first one I made, I knew the recipient. He just tucked the gapping fabric in.

I hope all goes well in your surgery.
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:24 PM   #26
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HMMM. While it isn't specificly mentioned I have some oh-so-soft alpaca I just finished spinning in very dark brown. It would be much nicer than pure wool, even merino. I guess the reason for wool is fire hazard reasons, and alpaca would certainly qualify for this. But sometimes these organizations can be so opinionated, and reject perfectly good items that should be just as good - and in this case superior -to what they recommend.

I also have some nice brown heathered (winds up being med-dark) natural brown colored lamb's wool with about 10% angora in it. Also very very soft, and would not be brightly colored at all. I don't think they'd notice the angora unless I told them it was there.

I spin these drab colors because my brother the truck driver won't wear anything else. But he secretly enjoys a touch of luxury when driving up in New Hamshire or Maine this time of year. And he's had big burly dock workers ask where he got his warm ski band.

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Old 02-12-2010, 01:34 AM   #27
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HMMM. While it isn't specificly mentioned I have some oh-so-soft alpaca I just finished spinning in very dark brown. It would be much nicer than pure wool, even merino. I guess the reason for wool is fire hazard reasons, and alpaca would certainly qualify for this. But sometimes these organizations can be so opinionated, and reject perfectly good items that should be just as good - and in this case superior -to what they recommend.

I also have some nice brown heathered (winds up being med-dark) natural brown colored lamb's wool with about 10% angora in it. Also very very soft, and would not be brightly colored at all. I don't think they'd notice the angora unless I told them it was there.

I spin these drab colors because my brother the truck driver won't wear anything else. But he secretly enjoys a touch of luxury when driving up in New Hamshire or Maine this time of year. And he's had big burly dock workers ask where he got his warm ski band.

Donna
The word I have is that natural animal fibers such as wool, alpaca and a blend of those is fine as long as there is NO synthetic fibers included. The animal fibers burn slowly while the synthetics melt into the skin and then stick which causes much more damage than a little ash from the animal fibers.

Your handspun yarn sounds perfect and we would happily accept them knit into helmet liners.

Thanks so much for considering creating the liners from such special materials.

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Old 03-16-2010, 04:29 PM   #28
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I got this pattern at Michael's as a free one with Patons Classic Wool and hope to do it soon. Good to know I have all this info to refer to if I have a problem. I love Shandeh's multicolor one and may make one for myself first as practice. Then make some for this project and for homeless shelter here.
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I also knitted one which I sent to Patternworks. I posted about it HERE. It was a pretty quick project, as knitting projects go. I'm a slow knitter!

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I'm so disappointed....I just read on the Citizen SAM site that they will no longer be allowed to send the the helmet liners to the troops. I just purchased all the supplies I would need so I could start one. November is the last time they will accept them so if you've started one, get it in quickly!!

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