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October 25

My Running Turban

I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve posted up any kind of finished project on the blog.  After finishing this little headband turban about 2 weeks ago, I wanted to make a point of taking some pre-run pictures to share with you all.

I don’t think you guys have seen me (ever!) without my glasses.  Contacts bother my eyes, but I manage to wear them whenever I’m doing exercise of any kind.

I knit this headband-turban up in 2-3 days using a worsted weight yarn.  This would go even speedier if you used a thicker, chunky weight yarn.  My fellow Chicagoan-Blogger-Knitter-Sewer, Gail of Today’s Agenda, knit her lovely version up in 1 day using a Bulky weight yarn.  Did I mention how lovely hers is?!

The yarn I used is a wool-acrylic blend from my local JoAnn’s store.  It’s nothing terribly fancy which is perfect for using this headband as a running accessory.  I can throw it in the washer & drier without any guilt once it gets dirty.  And given how quick it was to knit up, I could always whip another one up if needed.

The pattern I used is a free one that I found on Ravelry called Turban(d).  Those non-Ravelry folks can use this link to grab the free pattern.  This is an easy pattern for all you beginners out there; all you need to know is a knit stitch, purl stitch, and how to slip a stitch.  You don’t even need to work in the round to do it; it’s all done flat and then seamed together at the bottom at the very end.

The only downside to this is that I should have used a 100% wool yarn instead of a blend.  Yes it’s good for the wash, but it’s bad since it’s not as warm as it could be in the cold, windy Chicago weather.  I guess I’ll just have to make another one.  :)

P.S.  I managed to run a fatty 2.5 miles today.  heh  I’m building myself up to running 3 miles which shouldn’t be too bad now that I’ve managed to run this distance.  I’m doing my first race (since forever ago) the first Sunday in November.  So once I get 3 miles down I can start working on improving my pace.  *hip hip*

Are any of you guys also runners or have done a 5k this year that have some good wisdom to impart on me?

  1. gail / Oct 25 2012

    That is so cute! It’s such a great pattern, isn’t it?

    High five on getting up to 2.5 miles! I used to run, but my knees can’t really take it any more :-(

    • Liz / Oct 25 2012

      Thanks Gail! It is a cute, easy pattern. :)

  2. SewSavory / Oct 25 2012

    Your turban looks great! Thanks for the link & the tips – this may just be my first ‘real’ project. :)

    Good luck with the running!

    • Liz / Oct 25 2012

      Yay! Be sure to follow the directions exactly, and you should be good.

      Used a worsted weight yarn and had to increase the length a bit on mine, just a forewarning if you’re doing the same. But it would be faster in a chunky yarn. :)

  3. Sadie / Oct 25 2012

    This is really cool! Just downloaded the pattern and off to start one myself…I live in Norway and its starting to get pretty cold now so it’s just what I need for walking the dog :)

  4. Stephanie / Oct 25 2012

    How cute! I don’t run but I do walk to school everyday and it gets quite chilly in the winter so I may need one of these!

    • Liz / Oct 25 2012

      Yes! It’s such a great, quick project. It was the perfect project that keeps me looking semi-retro while I’m decked out in my normal running gear. :)

  5. Meg the Grand / Oct 25 2012

    You look awesome! Definitely a hardcore runner – I’m so proud of you!!

    • Liz / Oct 25 2012

      Thanks my fellow running buddy! :)

  6. Ginger / Oct 25 2012

    This looks great! What a perfect accessory!

    I just did my first 5K in, oh, 12 years, and it really helps to make a great running playlist! Another good trick is to work up to running a bit more than 5K, that way the race goes by quicker than your daily run!

  7. Liz / Oct 25 2012

    I am in week 3 of the c25k and going ok so far – I am actually enjoying running – who would have thought!!

  8. Jo / Oct 27 2012

    Pretty!! And good on you for running. Way too lazy over here!

  9. kaitui_kiwi / Oct 28 2012

    I’ve started using my running as my meditation time – I let my mind wander away from the repetition of my feet to any unfinished thoughts or just the sights I am seeing around me and before I know it I’m at 2.5kms and it’s time to turn around – I’ve always had problems with getting to sleep because my brain zooms around instead of letting me sleep – now it’s almost as if I clear my head with my run, it’s great.

    Thanks for the pattern link – I have been trying to get into knitting (love the Kim Hargreaves patterns I saw in a book at the library) but I think I tried too hard too soon – this looks likes something I could make.

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