Every few months, I do a bit of charity knitting. I'm always making gifts for people I know; charity knitting allows me to make gifts for people I don't know! Plus it's good for my soul and karma, too.
I worked up this helmet liner after reading about the Packages From Home Helmet Liner Project on Ravelry. Bonnie Long, of Knit Wits, created this ingenious hat that is knitted in one piece without a single seam (Teresa, are you paying attention?). You begin by making an upside-down turtleneck and then dividing the stitches to make the hat. To finish, you pick up stitches around the face opening and knit an inch of ribbing. It is fast and fun. But most of all, it will keep a soldier warm and dry so he or she can protect our country from harm.
Because this project went so well, I'm going to make another one for my boyfriend's 17-year-old son, Michael. This great kid, much to my chagrin and constant harping, just got a motorcycle - one of those obnoxious, super-fast bikes that kids zoom in and out of traffic with, risking the lives and limbs of themselves and other people, too. I HATE THOSE DAMN THINGS. I expressed my views to Tom and Michael and every single one of my friends - to no avail. I guess I'm supposed to learn the lesson of acceptance because nothing I'm going to say or do will change a damn thing. He's got that awful bike. Now all I can do it pray.
Anyway, I'm going to knit Michael a helmet liner out of Knit Picks merino wool - very soft and warm. Tom's only complaint about the military version (which he so kindly models in these pictures) is that the wool is so itchy - but that's what the project requires. Michael's version will be softer and in black and red to match that damnable motorcycle.
I encourage you to support the Packages From Home Helmet Liner Project. Download the free pattern; it only takes 175 yarns of wool yarn in black, brown, tan, olive drab, or charcoal. You know you've got an extra skein in your stash somewhere! Support the troops even if you don't support the war - my sentiments exactly.