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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Keeping My Ears Warm - Nordic Style

Nordic Headband

Over the weekend I decided to start on one of the Bea Ellis Kits I picked up this summer. I chose the Nordic headband to start with since it's been a while since I've done stranded colorwork. This was the perfect little one day project and now I have a wool headband to keep my ears warm - and I can wear it with a pony tail! It has a full cotton lining (the cotton yarn is included in the kit along with two balls of wool yarn- from Norway of course) so it won't be itchy at all, even on cold winter days when your skin is more sensitive anyway. The lining, plus the extra thickness of the stranded yarns make it a nice, thick headband and I think it will be perfect for keeping the wind out of my ears. Last fall when I got the ear infection, the doctor actually told me to wear a hat (it was all I could do not to answer, "Yes, Mom.") We get some pretty strong winds here and when you're outside, it doesn't take long for your ears to get sore.

Now that I've had a little practice on the stranded colorwork, I'm ready to knit Caleb's Skier Hat (also from Bea Ellis).

Finally, Kate of the comments yesterday asked when the Solace pattern would be available. It already is! Solace is a Georgina Bow Creations Pattern and I've actually linked to the pattern page in yesterday's post (feeling a little link lazy this morning, so you'll have to scroll down). Glad you like - it will be a nice snuggley wrap when I get it done.


Blogger DragonsChest said...

Your headband is so pretty! Do you end up knitting it twice, then, since it has a liner, or do you knit the liner in a simple stochinette stitch? Also, do you have to sew the two together? I'm having problems visualizing how it's supposed to work. I love her hats, tho, and I'm not even a hat person. Might have to try it out.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey!! Thanks for the Solace info - I really should have been able to find that myself - sorry for the extra work. But while I'm asking questions (and this may be an obvious answer too...I plead preggo-brain, if I may) - why does your lacey part look so much more cable-like and dense than the lacey part in the pattern page...I rather like the denser look - any tips?
Great headband. DH needs several of those :).
Thanks again, Kate

8:53 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Very nice headband! I'm thinking that something like that might be a decent first-stranding-ever project. Assuming I can get up the nerve to try even that size colorwork...

10:48 AM  
Blogger Sherie said...

The headband looks lovely! It's windy here too and in the winter it really makes the ears hurt. I may need one of these. I'm in the midst of my first color stranded project, a Christmas stocking for my grandson, and I'm really having a good time.

10:49 AM  
Blogger StarSpry said...

I love your headband! It looks awesome :)

2:43 PM  
Blogger Wannietta said...

It's beautiful & your tension is so even!

3:13 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Wow, your "I haven't done stranding in a while" headband is perfection, Melanie!

9:27 PM  
Blogger CraftyGryphon said...

That's really cute, and... portable.

I'm going to have to investigate headbands-as-projects.

I predict that my house will be awash with pretty little Nordic headbands by 2011. And boy, will my ears be warm!

2:58 PM  

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