Gloves for Linda

I’ve been knitting these since the end of last month and they are coming on really well. So well that I haven’t had time to blog about them although I have put them on Ravelry.

The colours are a good contrast which makes them instantly easier than the previous pair, in which the greens and blues were so cloes I had to wait for daylight to be able to knit. I also didn’t have enough of any two colours and had to change several times which I usually don’t mind. However, on this pair, the changes didn’t seem to sit well with the design and it made me wonder about the wisdom of sticking to stash yarns when the amount of yarn in a pair is so little compared to the time spent knitting them. Add to that, that there are some wonderful yarns available such as Marion Foale’s 3 ply pure wool  which is shown on the web site.

Anyway, back to the current pair. Tried and tested Regia 3ply, a sock wool but totally suitable for gloves, and what is used and sold in Sanquhar, an endorsement I think, and knitted on 2.25mm circular needles. These are Knit Pro wooden ones, my preference over the metal Addi turbos, the tips of which I find too blunt for picking up stitches and correcting mistakes (always plenty of that going on). Perhaps I need the Addi lace, but I’m not spending any more on needles now, especially as I have several boxes of dpns lying unused.

The patterns on this pair are Faroese inspired using the same sketch book sources as the pair for Stan:

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The Faroes page in my sketchbook

I’m using some motifs almost directly, such as the large zig-zag but these patterns are interesting as they mostly use 5 stitch floats which is one more than I am generally used to using. Elizabeth Zimmerman generated her patterns with a maximum of a 4 stitch float. I catch in the middle of the 5 stitch float and like the tiny suggestion of texture that that can give to the fabric. These patterns are wonderfully easy to knit though, the zig-zag being various permutations of 3 and 5s and therefore quite easy to work.

Almost forget to put in some pics of the knitting:

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The cuffs with initials and dateP1010303

Up to the thumbs, back of handsP1010305

Up to the thumbs, palms facing up.

Knitting gloves re-organised, update

To all my readers! I know you’re out there ‘cos sometimes I meet you and sometimes you send me messages!

I have spent this weekend, yes almost all of it, shuffling the blog posts around. The task is not quite complete yet but I didn’t have a message on the home page so I thought that I should explain.

The pages are now in groups, the titles of which are across the front page. Roll over these and you will see the names of the pages in that group. Under About there are the more general pages such as:

Design: here you will find all the design related posts (unsurprisingly)

Process: blog posts about materials, thinking about making

Knitting & Crochet Guild: usually news from the KCG Collection, where I volunteer

Events: exhibitions, visits to collections and so on

Let me know your thoughts.

Thanks to those who’ve ‘liked’ it already!