Friday, March 06, 2009

gloves for "meh"

Woolen Gloves from Knitting Classic Style
have you ever tried to take a picture of yourself wearing gloves? it's really hard not to look like a freak, especially when your elbows bend the wrong way when you hold them out straight. just trust me on this.

so i finally knit a pair of gloves. it was an underwhelming experience. but first, the stats.
Pattern: Woolen Gloves from Knitting Classic Style
Yarn: 2ply CMF handspun in Under the Boardwalk, 60g of leftovers from 2 different skeins
Started January 13, Finished February 22
Mods: I knit fewer increases for the thumb gusset, because I had read on Ravelry that the thumb opening was too big. I also shortened the cuffs because I had a limited amount of yarn.

back to being underwhelmed.

Problem #1: i didn't have enough yarn. by the end, i was left with about 10 inches. Because i was constantly worried about running out, i knit the fingers on the second glove too short and had to go back and add more length to pretty much all of the fingers. that totally blew.

Problem #2: the gloves don't match in color. at all. now you know how much handspun can vary within one roving spun in the same way throughout.

Problem #3: the cuffs are too long. i knit them shorter than specified but they aren't practical at all to wear with long sleeves. also, they aren't the same length even though i knit the same number of rows. Note to self: when using handspun, knit according to length measurements, not rows.

Problem #4: they are thick enough to feel clumsy but not warm at all.

Problem #5: i hate knitting gloves. i hate having to knit all those fingers and i hate having to weave in so many ends.

i guess i'm a mittens gal at heart. i finally knit a pair of gloves but honestly i wouldn't be sad if i never knit another.

Fin.

4 comments:

  1. But you did it and now you've got glove knitting skills on your resume. ;) Have you seen the fingers down glove pattern in the winter VK? Interesting construction. The fingers are knit as small tubes and then placed together on a dpn to be joined to the hand, then pinkie and thumb...

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  2. Sorry you're underwhelmed, they certainly look impressive! But yeah, totally with ya on the finger tubes (hehe, that sounds pervy). Hence why I like me some fingerless mitts. ;)

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  3. I'm the same way about knitting gloves. I always go back to the mittens, although I'd say I much prefer wearing gloves in general life. Those are very lovely though, despite the underwhelming experience of knitting them.

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  4. They're really pretty! Like Mag said, at least now you can say you've made a pair of gloves--I've never made a pair of full-on gloves, only the fingerless variety. I always worry that the fingers will be too thick and awkward.

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