I interrupt my regular scheduled program of books and writing and stinky dogs (though less of the later recently, note to self – fix that), for my adventures in knitting!
So this spring a friend of mine convinced me to take up knitting again. Until then I had been a purveyor of knitting goods, but the actual act of knitting was strongly lacking. Really a trip to Sweet Yarns (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Yarns-Inc/183883484981416?sk=info) had convinced me that I should try again. The woman who runs the store is a sweetheart. Bring in a pattern and she will pimp you out with all of the supplies!
So I brought her this: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall08/PATTslither.html Slither. I don’t like snakes but I thought that these where darling. I LOVE fingerless gloves and they where long and gothic, and possibly steampunk esk.
However I decided that even though I was a beginner knitter I was not going to follow the patters (I would pay for this later). First off I know I like a tighter knit, so automatically I downsized all of my needles by a size. But I didn’t swatch, so I got to the end of the second glove and realized that hey they where too small. I knew this from the first glove, and the mistakes I had made with my increases that I would need to start over, but like the silly knitter that I am I had convinced myself that I could live with the mistakes. It wasn’t till I had two completely imperfect gloves in my possession did this become a huge problem for me. So I frogged them and started over.
I cast on for the medium size gloves but I only decreased on the third row of each repeat. And I knit 9 repeats as opposed to 10. When I got to the hand I followed the instructions for the large size, and when it came to the thumb I held 14 stitches as opposed to 12 stitches leaving me 32 stitches for the hand. I also knit 16 rows after the thumb for the upper hand, and 4 rows for the knit 1 pearl one ending of the hand. For the thumb I knit 4 rows, and 3 rows of the knit one pearl one before casting off. On top of that I didn’t have two colours for the stripes, I went with just one colour for the stripe sections, therefore significantly less strippy!
Yarn: Malabrigo (850 Archangel) & Malabrigo (69 Pearl Ten) http://www.malabrigoyarn.com/sub_yarn.php?id_sub_yarn=27
All Photos brought to you by Cowboy! All knitting brought to you by many episodes of Dr. Who and Torchwood!
Next up – something owl related!