A time for wool
Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 13:32
martian77 in Knitting, bikes

I don't know if anyone's noticed, but it's a bit on the cold side out there. I've just spent three days working from home (which doesn't actually change what I can get done quite as much as you'd think - no snow days here), but last Tuesday before it started snowing I cycled into work and got very cold ears. 

Some people wear hats under their helmets, but I really don't like it. Makes my helmet feel wrong, and I actually have a pretty small head (believe it or not) which means the hats tend to get pushed down over my eyes a little too. So I went to the Two Wheeled Knitters group on Ravelry, to see what solution I could find. 

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This has resulted in one of my sillier knitting projects. There was this free pattern for some bike helmet earmuffs, which looked like they would work pretty well. The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, but I had my sock double-point needles and some leftover trekking yarn, so I modified the pattern for those. Quick knit too. 

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I made the strap a bit thinner, as I don't normally like things under the helmet. 

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They definitely cover my ears, and only look mostly silly. If they keep me warm, I don't think I'll care...

(For those that are interested, the running started well but has gone on hiatus until the snow is clear from enough of the pavements. I have two years. No point fretting yet!)

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