Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Busy Bee...

I have been busy :o) over the last week or so and lots of things are starting to come together...

Jane of
Janes Probably Knitting and I had been discussing between ourselves about the distaste for knitting gloves, mainly due to all that itty bitty knitting of fingers.... so we decided we would have a glove along together to gee each other on into getting the gloves knit....

I started a pair of fair isle gloves for a Christmas present... the
Hand Painted Gloves by Karendipity but despite having done 2 pairs of her Mitts I couldn't get on with these so as life is too short for projects your not enjoying I frogged them last Friday.

Now knowing Jane is knitter supreme and quick too... I thought I'd better come up with something quick, as otherwise she would have finished her 2nd Selbuvotter mitten (scroll past the fibre) and have completed her gloves too....


Anyway I decided (foolishly perhaps) that I would do my own simple fair isle glove; it would have plain cuff, fingers & thumb (I didn't want to be bald for Christmas & I have other things to do) and there would be no purling involved except in the rib (read that as no left handed purling with contrast colour!)

So armed with several basic glove patterns and Shelia McGregors book The Complete Book of Traditional Fair Isle Knitting... I actually came up with a fair isle glove pattern... I still can't believe I have and I keep picking up the glove and showing my husband and saying look I've done this I can't believe it! (it's wearing a bit thin now ;o) )


So here it is.... I still have the RH one to do... but I'm going to type the pattern up 1st and then follow my instructions and if successful I will put it up as freebie for people....




This leads me nicely onto something that Natalie of The Yarn Yard has set up which is called p/hop (pennies per hour of pleasure) you can read more about it here, but In a nut shell it allows you to freely make a donation (it's not compulsory & isn't attached to the patterns when you download) large or small for free patterns that you use and the money is going to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Moving on to completed objects. I want to make my friend a pair of slipper socks for Christmas, so I bought the moccasin soles (Regia) & I used some of my handpsun that was too thick for socks but were perfect for this.

I followed the pattern that came with the moccasin soles (size 40/41) but followed the pattern for 42/44 as I thought I'd got size 43 soles (don't ask me how). As you can see the upper stops a bit short and I don't like it but they are OK for me and as I've discovered they're great for spinning in... I can't spin in my stocking feet as they slip on the treadles. and am conscious that the wood on the Rose is quite soft and easily dented, so with these I don't have to worry about grit and such likes getting embedded into my treadles from my shoes and marking them and they keep my feet warm too :o)) so a happy mistake and useful too....


I've also completed another 2 pairs of Christmas socks....
Kaffe Fassett Landscape - Earth



Regia Jupiter - Camouflage

and to finish off a bit of bright colour to brighten up November.... This is Sunny Side from Spunky Eclectic... it will become sock yarn ;o)

10 comments:

kv said...

sorry you didn't enjoy karen's gloves--i have had my eye on that pattern for a long time, and have some koigu earmarked for it. i love knitting gloves and will go ahead anyway. and most important, i can't believe you made those either--they are just beautiful!!!!

ani said...

I love your glove - was lucky enough to see the start of it in person - beautiful. When the pattern is done - count me in.
Ani

Pete Masters said...

Thanks for the mention for MSF. Really grateful for what you guys are doing!

Pete
Web Editor
www.msf.org.uk

Micki said...

How busy you've been! That glove is stunning.

celadon2 said...

Fantastic spinning, knitting and those gloves are great. I've got a second hand copy of the Fairisle knitting book, but not used it yet.

Lisa said...

Your gloves are lovely!! I'm wary of fingers, too, but plan to try Meg Swansen's I-Cord fingers (from "Handknitting with Meg Swansen") in the future.

Denise said...

I love that fair isle pattern book.

Your glove is beautiful as is your spinning.

fleegle said...

The glove is stunning, but I have the same feeling for knitting gloves. I made one pair just to see if I could do it. Love your Fasset socks too!

Nevisknitter said...

Congrats on designing your own glove pattern, its lovely.
I'll have to look out for the pattern, I have knitted loads of gloves but only on 2 needles never dpns.

Kai said...

Love your glove!!! Absolutely want some of my own. :) And you have been busy!!