Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Secret Birthday Gloves Revealed!

(JJ modeling)
The gloves are finally done and in their new home with Miss JJ as we speak!

I borrowed the basic shape from an Opera Glove pattern adding my own lace pattern down the arm and turning them into fingerless gloves in the process. I worked from the elbow down to the wrist and realized if I followed the original patterns decreases no human would ever be able to fit their hand in the glove as the wrist was ridiculously small.

There was no option, I was going to have to rip the glove back to re-adjust the sizing. But then I thought since there were a few other things I was not 100% satisfied with (bumpy looking decreases & increases) I would start the second glove with new measurements and if happy with that version, frog the first one and re-do the whole darn thing. Of course this is what ended up happening, so I guess I really made 2 and 3/4 gloves :-)

I'm still not 100% thrilled with them and would use a different yarn/color and/or sized needle to make the bumps and glitches less noticeable next time. But other than that stuff, I think for a first time glove attempt that included many of my own alterations, I think they're pretty good if I do say so myself.


At 12/14/2007 6:58 AM, Blogger Jana said...

They are gorgeous! It really is true, sometimes good things do happen when we frog. Congrats!

At 12/24/2007 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took them on a visit to Owego to see Nana, The East Coast Original Knitter... and she loved 'em. Had to wrestle 'em right out of her 93 year old hands. Seriously, she inspected every stitch and gave her seal of approval. I am now that girl on the subway... people want MY gloves! HA!
Honestly though they are a lifesaver. Now I don't have to wear the heaviest coat in the closet every day from Dec 1-Feb 28th, and then suffer through the subway. Instead my arms are toasty under a nice normal coat.
(Suddenly the username/password I ALWAYS use doesn't work.. hence anonymous)

At 1/23/2008 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must continue to comment on how amazing these gloves are. Everyone who sees them believes there is quite a market out there. I don't want anyone to have the same gloves as me... but I had to tell you.
yesterday it was balls cold outside but overheated on the train and subway... so I wore a 3/4 length suit jacket and my "sleeves" - they are so perfect and WARM... then when I overheated on the train I took my "sleeves" off! Plus no problems getting to my train ticket and metrocard...

man oh man do I love da gloves.

At 1/24/2008 5:48 AM, Blogger Kate said...

they are absolutely gorgeous. They'd be perfect for a Canberran winter, too. Many's the time I stood waiting for my bus with gusts of wind going up my coat sleeves, freezing my little fingies.


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