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The Knitwit Papers, Chapter V: Fingerless Gloves

Date Begun: 08/01/2007
Date Completed: 09/09/2007
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease in Wheat
Needles: US3 DPNs (4 per glove)
Source: Interweave Knits, Nicholas's Fingerless Gloves
The Story:
This project started, believe it or not, when I was planning to knit a pair of socks for Schondy. I knew I didn't really have any good yarn for that, so I headed to the store to get some. Schondy, being a good sport 99% of the time, went along with me to the yarn store.

I don't remember what I was looking at, but Schondy pointed out this stuff, which is made of 86% acrylic, 10% wool and 4% rayon. Translation: nice and warm like wool, but it's completely machine washable and dryable. He made some comment about the fact that if I was going to make something for him, this would be a great yarn because it looks like Deliah has already been all over it, so no one will notice if it ends up covered in fur. We both laughed at that, and then I bought the yarn, thinking it would make great socks. And that was pretty much the end of that, because when faced with the actual task of socks, I kind of panicked and decided I wanted to use something cheap and ugly so I wouldn't care if they turned out horribly, and this yarn went back into storage, where it sat for the next 9 months or so.

Cut to: July of this year, after Schondy decided to take up photography, and one of the many times I was poking through online pattern sites, looking for inspiration. I ran across this glove pattern and HAD TO HAVE IT. It was a free pattern, which always makes me happy. But more importantly, I knew immediately it would look gorgeous in that yarn I'd bought a year ago. And best of all, fingerless gloves are the perfect thing for a photographer when the weather gets cold. They will keep his hands warm without preventing him from taking pictures. The cable was actually a very simple S1 K2tog, PSSO, done over and over and over again. It looks really complicated, but it's super easy to do. The hardest part was remembering where I was in the overall pattern.

(In the second picture on the right, I had stuck the needles into the skein just to hold them there for a minute, and we decided they looked like cows, complete with paperclip ear tags. We've called those gloves "cows" ever since.)

So when I finished them, Schondy tried them on (YES, I had him try them other times before they were done), and they were too small. Sadness. But I have a friend at work who said she must have a pair just like them and she has tiny hands, so..... well, let's just say they've gone into the closet where I keep the Christmas and birthday presents. And I will be starting another (slightly larger, man-sized) pair of these gloves soon.

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