Pattern: Ninja bike mask (of awesomeness)
Size: 2.5mm/ US1.5
Yarn: Finlandia Import Shetland
This blog is nearing its second birthday and it’s got me thinking. This here project is one of the coolest things I’ve ever knit and being able to knit this for my brother really means I’ve learned a great deal about knitting these past two years. At first I couldn’t even manage something simple like a scarf and now I’m churning out head-socks for my brother… wtf..
Anyways, I obviously don’t mean it in an arrogant way, but things like these make me really happy. When I started knitting I never imagined that it could actually bet his cool. I learned to knit as a kid because my mom used to knit, but I never actually imagined that knitting could be ‘cool’ or fashionable. But that was back then.. two years ago I had to learn everything on my own. I taught myself (w/ help from the interwebz) to knit continental style (which sped up my knitting with about 300% :P), and learned about sites like ravelry. I read a lot of blogs (I still do) and learned that knitting is much more fashionable than I ever believed it could be.
Now, when I go windowshopping all I see is knitted stuff (w/ the hugest of pricetags) and I get this smug look on my face… I can knit gorgeous stuff without paying 150 euros… 😛
Anyways, back to the mask 😀 I’ve already posted a bit about it, but now I’d like to say something else 🙂
This is the nose area (please disregard the sugar jar) where the bridge of the nose would have to go. For people who don’t wear glasses this is perfectly fine, but if you wear glasses and you wear the mask like this it means you’re screwed… Your glasses will go foggy and you won’t be able to see.. it’s either seeing or breathing 😛
This thing made me think of surgical masks, so as a kind of a test before sewing the live stitches on the inside I held two ties and a metal wire near the nose area, and sewed them in. Now the metal wire helps shape the mask around the nose, underneath the glasses.
It looks a little like this. The metal wire isn’t all too strong but it holds everything in place either way.
I’m a huge fan of Finlandia Import. They have a huge amount of different types of yarn and since I live on the other side of the country it’s an important thing to note: they ship very very fast. So recently they introduced their own yarn, and I just had to try it out 🙂 The label says the yarn still contains spinning oil and needs to be washed for a full and soft yarn/ fabric. The picture above shows the mask when I had just finished it. This turned out to be exactly true. When I received the balls of yarn I was a little bit worried because they weren’t really as soft as I had hoped. But when I read the label I was somewhat reassured.
The picture below shows the fabric after washing. It’s much softer and fluffier 🙂 I think the yarn is really nice and the price is really good 🙂
I don’t think these pictures can actually show the difference, I think all knits look better after a nice washing, but those yarns area already washed and soft to begin with.
Here’s a little sneaky picture of Shiwi 🙂