My church knitting group is going to knit helmet liners for the troops serving in the war. I am very excited about this since my son-in-law is in Afghanistan at this moment. I want him to have everything he needs, and of course the very best of what he needs.
I was given a pattern and looked it over. It was a poor copy so I got online and tried to find a good pdf to download so that I could have a nice clean copy to pass along to others as well. What I found was a lot of frustration.
The pattern I was given had outdated information. Based on feedback from the troops, they are no longer accepting the crocheted version of the helmet liner, which is what I had planned to make. They also no longer want the olive drab color as it doesn’t work with the dessert uniforms. Online, The majority of the links went to a geocities site that is no longer in service.
So I thought I would share the info I have and hopefully save you some time and effort and make sure that the troops are getting what they need.
First – Citizen Sam is the best website to use!! http://www.citizensam.org There are patterns and pictures availalble for all the project that are currently being worked on. This is also where you will mail your finished projects.
Please note that only 100% wool yarn can be used!! This can be any animal wool – sheep, llama, alpaca, cashmere, etc… But it should be soft as it will be right against the soldiers face. I know it is tempting to use cheap yarn since you are doing this for charity, but please remember that these men are giving their best. Let’s give them ours. Acrylic yarn can melt to their face in a bad situation. Wool is naturally flame retardent.
I personally am using Shepherd’s Wool Brand yarn. It is 100% merino wool and is made in the USA. It is very very soft and easy to work with. These are the approved colors that are available.
To help get more of the very best to the troops, I am offering a discounted package. It includes 2 skeins of approved colored Shepherd’s Wool yarn and the patterns from the Citizen Sam website. These are large, 250 yard skeins and it should be just enough to make 2 helmet liners and 1 neck gator.
To take advantagle of this special offer, here – http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36390282 for Etsy.
or Here – for my new eCrater store – http://yarn2spin.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=6272063