One of these gloves took a reasonable amount of time to make, the other did not. I kept putting it down and getting distracted by newer, shinier knitting projects that did not involve quite so much repeated twisted rib on tiny little needles. The coming signs of winter were what spurred me into finishing the second glove properly: the smell of frost in the air, the bite in the wind, the newspaper headlines of “SNOW: WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE” or words to that effect anyway.
The pattern is His & Hers Gloves by Dagmar Mora. My apparent mental block against twisted rib aside, it’s a great pattern. It’s extremely well-written and thoughtful, the construction is a masterstroke in simplicity and the end result is guaranteed to fit you like a second skin.
You know that little brain tingle you get when putting on clothing that fits you snugly and just-so without any tugging or fighting it? The perfect dress; the right walking shoes; these gloves. They slip on and suddenly all is right with the world. Maybe it’s the same part of your brain that enjoys order. Regardless, they’ve been treating my hands very well. New favourite gloves! Success!
You can’t throw a rock in Bristol’s centre without hitting half a dozen organic and/or locally sourced food vendors. Granted, you might have to bounce the rock off a student or two, but it’ll get there. Sheepdrove Farm is prime example of the fancy operations this place attracts. They have a dedicated butchers in Bristol, selling all the best parts of the flocks they own. All the parts. Which is how I ended up wandering into a butchers for food and came out with two balls of natural brown Sheepdrove Organic Shetland Wool (spun by the Natural Fibre Company no less). Food or wool, what would you choose?
It was an easy choice for me, as I’ve been meaning to make a tragically-gloveless male friend some gloves for a while. I cannot think of a better choice of yarn for such gloves: Hardwearing, warm, a sensible colour and lightly infused with the smell of raw mince. Maybe the receipient will enjoy pretending he totally just killed an animal with his awesomely manly bare hands whilst wearing them. Maybe he will just get a craving for shepherd’s pie, like I did whilst knitting.
The pattern is based on the Ringwood Gloves from Knitty. Quick, easy and good-looking. I love that pattern!
The other gloves I have on the (extremely small) needles are not quick, but they’re coming along too. Look, I finished one! The ribbing makes it a great fit. I’d say it fits like a you-know-what but then I’d have to slap myself through time.
Filed under Projects, WIPs
I am very pleased with these latest gloves of mine. Looking at the pile of leftover yarn from my last fair isle project, I started thinking that the colours reminded me of a certain time of dusk, when the sky is both deep orange and blue. Hence: Blue Hour gloves.
They are just the thing for using up scrap yarn! These thrifty little gloves have an original stranded pattern over the main body of the hand to pretty them up. There is also an afterthought thumb for simplicity.
The pattern is now on sale on Ravelry, for £2.50, and can be bought here:
Here are some useful tutorials that may help you with this pattern:
Size: To fit an average women’s size hand (7.5” around the knuckles).
Yarn Requirements: Warm 4-ply yarn with high wool content –
150 yds in Natural
30 yds in Dark Blue
20 yds in Yellow
20 yds in Deep Red
17 yds in Burnt Orange
Jamieson and Smith 2-ply Jumper weight (equivalent to 4-ply) -100% Shetland wool. 125yds(114m)/25g.
2 balls of 01A for N, and 1 ball each of: 031 for O, 028 for Y, 043 for R and 021 for B.
1 set of 3mm dpns
1 set of 2.5mm dpns
Gauge: 32 st / 36 rws to 4in (10cm) in stockinette stitch.
Also required: Stitch holder, a small length of contrasting waste yarn, and a tapestry needle for sewing in ends.