Thursday, January 3, 2013
starting Gavin's gloves
New Year's Eve was a quiet day for us. We spent the day cleaning the house from top to bottom in anticipation of our open house planned for the following day. We stayed up late to Skype with my brother and to drink a few more rum and cokes than was sensible, but we were still in bed before midnight. I just can't manage late nights!
New Year's Day was a blur. Every minute between waking and showering, to when the first guests arrived, was dedicated to cleaning and chopping fruit and veg for trays of finger food. The house was full from noon until well into the evening - it was fun but we were completely exhausted by the end. We stayed up just long enough to clean, pack up the leftovers and move the furniture and knick-knacks back to their usual spots.
Somewhere in the midst of the hustle and bustle I did get started on Gavin's Fingerless Gloves. The pattern he chose is this one - Fitted Fingerless Gloves - because in typical guy fashion he wanted the simplest, plainest, boring-est pattern ever. And, of course, any colour as long as it was solid dark grey. "Thin gloves from sock yarn on your little carbon fiber needles" I was instructed.
The pattern is really well-written and has some really clever tricks. The way the increases for the thumb gussets are worked is brilliant - no holes. And the way the round is closed at the base of each finger is also brilliant - only the tiniest of gaps. These might be the first gloves ever that I don't have to duplicate stitch here and there to close up holes around fingers and thumbs. And the fit is perfect! The pattern includes a number of sizes, so it's well worth the price of admission.
Now I had better get moving on that second glove. We've had light flurries the last couple of days, so the sooner I finish, the sooner he can start wearing them!