Last Saturday, as part of the Knitting in the Round project, there was a Sanquhar glove study Day at A’the Airts, the arts centre in Sanquhar. Lynn Abrams from the project gave a presentation about the project, which is focusing on the Sanquhar glove knitting, as well as Tom of Holland who showed his gloves and showed some contemporary designs which use the Sanquhar pattern.
But the star for me was May McCormick who was demonstrating glove knitting as well as showing a display of the Sanquhar designs. while I can still keep count of the gloves I’ve knitted, May has probably knitted hundreds. Here are some of them in the display at the event:
Display of gloves knitted by May McCormick of Sanquhar
There were more of May’s gloves in a shop window over the road:
May McCormick’s gloves in the craft shop window, Sanquhar
And in A’the Airts window, more Sanquhar goodies.
There was also machine knitting, which I love, as the arts centre has had a grant to enable them to buy some state of the art electronic machines and software, on which they are going to produce Sanuqhar pattern scarves and other things.
That’s all for now, as I’m off to see some historic gloves from the Glovers Collection in the Fashion Museum in Bath and have to be on the train by 8.30 this morning!
The first pair now complete
The gloves that started the project are now a pair. The initials are not the same as they were started by me and my daughter. They need to be washed and pressed really , the right one is rather crumpled up, but I wanted to get them up here before I go away.
I’m in a real quandary about what to knit next and want to take a new pair away with me for long train journeys and so on, but am stuck on the colours. the vintage colours are a bit odd and the quantities are a bit short too. I just weighed my last pair, knitted from some vintage 3 ply and the two gloves are 60 grms… whereas 2 ounces is 56 grms. I wonder if i could just make the cuff a bit shorter so as to be able to get a pair from 2 ounces?
Original Sanquhar glove patterns!
Yesterday at Lee Mills, the home of the collections of the Knitting and Crochet Guild, my colleague was sorting the final few of hundreds of boxes of knitting patterns, possible the largest collection anywhere (in the world?) found 3 of the original SWRI patterns for Sanquhar gloves. If you send away to the SWRI for these you get photocopies, which although legible, aren’t ideal. So it was really interesting to see the ‘real’ patterns – slightly smaller than A4 and printed on shiny paper. I have been able to borrow them to look at closely.
The original Sanquhar patterns
An original Sanquhar pattern
Well what between one thing and another, I haven’t had too much time to knit or blog in the last few days. I’ve been knitting, trying to finish the Duke gloves, now on the fingers. I’ve gone onto dpns as the circulars i’ve got in 2 mm are just too long. The pattern is easy to follow but even so the picking up is a bit tricky.
Here it is:
Second Duke glove
Second Duke glove, back
I’m knitting the second of the first pair I started with … my original idea was to have me and my daughter each knit one of a pair, keeping in touch via the blog. Anyway, it didn’t work out as it’s such concentrated work … so reluctantly she let me take the unfinished glove off her. I’m not being very fast with it either but am moving up past the thumb. Here it is.
The second Duke pattern glove
I’ve had a good few days for knitting – long distance train journeys and taking grandchildren to swimming lessons for instance so I’m up to the thumbs – and past. I’m loving knitting these gloves – I think it’s the yarns and the pattern. I think I’ve also found that the 3 ply on 2.25mm or 13 UK needles is just right for the type of fabric I want – firm but not too tight, and finally coming more even.
Here they are on the seat back table on the train back up t’North.
Back of the hands showing black lines – as leather gloves have
Gloves showing the completed thumb gusset on a thread