Warning: Here’s your sign

There is a sign posted on my office door today:


Helmet Hair

I rode my motorcycle to work today and have a bad case of helmet hair.

I’d take a picture for you but I left my phone at home.  Rats.

A co-worker was already at the office when I came in wearing my jacket, chaps and boots while carrying my helmet and shoes.  He asked, “Bring the bike today?”

I replied, “Yes” but inside my head I wanted to say, “No, I just wanted to look like I did.”

Here’s your sign.

Elizabeth Zimmerman – motorcycle mama

I understand that Elizabeth Zimmerman, knitter extraordinaire, was able to knit while riding on the back of her husband’s motorcycle.  Mr. Aitch and I will be riding to New Hampshire soon and as much as I’d like to be able to devote 11 hours to my knitting, I just don’t think I can knit on the back of the Harley.  He wouldn’t like it if I accidentally stabbed him in the back with a pointy stick.

This picture is from our trip to Newfoundland.  I like how I got the reflection of my hand in the mirror.

I like need to see where I’m going.  Plus I’ll be the navigator with a paper copy of our directions and a GPS app for my iPhone.

We’re taking the scenic route to avoid Interstate 95, the huge trucks and the 85 mph speedsters.  A good portion of the trip will not be on major highways.

Since I do the actual packing, I can sneak some knitting into our limited luggage space so I’ll have something to work on in the evenings.  Just have to figure out what that will be.

FO Friday

I have a couple of finished objects (FO) but no pictures to share.  They are still on my camera.

  1. Sewing Project #1:  My wonderful sister made a needle roll for me (see below) so I adapted her handiwork for a travel pouch for our phone charger, helmet chargers**, camera charger, and whatever other charger we need while traveling.  I will post pictures ASAP. 
  2. Sewing Project #2:  Using some leftover fabric, fusible fleece, and teflon fabric, I made a travel cover for my flat-iron/curling iron.  Fixing my hair is usually the last thing I do when getting ready to go someplace and I needed a way to pack the still warm appliance without burning myself or damaging anything around it.  I’ll most likely use this only when traveling but could be used all the time if you like to put yours away.  I will post pictures ASAP.
  3. Knitting Project:  I am this >< close to finishing the Fetching Mitts.  I will have enough yarn to bind off and make the thumb on the second mitt.  If you recall, I did not have enough yarn the first time around so I frogged (ripped) them out and reknit them.  I will be very happy to wear these…unless I decide to gift them.  Shown below are the original pair.  I will post pictures ASAP.


I do have a few more things I’ve been working on but they are secrets for now.

Sorry for the recycled pictures.  Posts without something to look at are boring.

And the mitts pictures above really are from the same ball of yarn and are the same color.  Must be the lightning as the one on the left doesn’t look as bright as the one on the right.  Hmm.

** Our motorcycle helmets are equipped with Bluetooth (coolest thing ever) so Mr. Aitch and I can talk to each other when riding separately or together.  We don’t talk a lot but it’s really important for him to be able to hear me when I’m on the back of the Harley and play the role as navigator.  I can share a little bit about our process next week…if you’re interested.


I don’t think I ever showed you the finished Herringbone Neck Warmer.  I wore it to work yesterday morning under my motorcycle jacket.  It was 56 degrees and at 65 mph one’s neck can get chilled.

With jacket

Without jacket

I really need some color on my lips!  And pardon the “helmet hair”.

It is soft and warm and the perfect size to do the job.  My only complaint is the color.  I love the color but wanted something brighter.  On the shelf  the green looked like it would be the pop I needed but it just got lost with the blue and purple.

Pattern:  Herringbone Neck Warmer by Craig Rosenfeld

Yarn: Araucania Panguipulli color #10 Olive and Purple

The herringbone stitch pattern is very warm and dense.  Yes, I’d make it again in a brighter color.