Last look at Dashing

The pair of Dashing fingerless gloves that I finished recently is washed, blocked, and ready to send off to Massachusetts.

cabled fingerless gloves

I think that I blocked these a little too large. I’ll have to write up some directions for the recipient so that she can “smallify” them if she needs to.

Dashing fingerless mitts

I took the opportunity to experiment with my idea for a “top” gusset to add some flex and reduce strain in the web of the thumb. Here’s a closeup of the gusset. Sorry for the less-than-ideal lighting. I need to practice getting better closeups of knitted fabric.

Top gusset on thumb area

Instead of casting on a single stitch across the gap (after moving thumb stitches to waste yarn) I cast on 4 or 5 stitches, then gradually decreased them as I worked up the thumb and palm.

Admonishment

Scrummy Mitts... poorly executed
The offending objects

I’m in the midst of last-second holiday gift knitting… not really my style, I’m more of a slo-mo knitter and not much of a holiday or gift-giving type, either. In any case, I whipped up a pair of super-bulky mittens.

My wife looked at them and said something to the effect of “if you’re going to be an excellent knitter, you’re going to have to try for excellence every time.”

She’s right, these are not my best work. I was rushing and don’t like the yarn much, and due to lack of attention ended up with one mitten having an extra 4 rows. With yarn this big, it translates to something like 3/4 of an inch of difference between the two.

I will do better! No sloppy knitting for me. My apologies to the recipient… I promise to make a better pair for you!

(below is the second pair I made… for another recipient… more care taken)

From Knitting

Long long lacy gloves

I finally started work on the “long long lacy gloves” pattern from Lace Style by Allen and Budd. I worked on the lace cuff from mid afternoon until bed time off and on, and only completed two and a half repeats. I frogged and tinked so many times that the yarn started to fray. I have to have this pair done by the first Tuesday in April so that I can enter them in the Charlotte Knitting Guild 1st annual contest. I am starting to wonder if I can do it.

(a few hours later)

I’m up to 5 repeats of the pattern now. Two more repeats and I’ll be done with the basic structure of the cuff. Here are some Work in Progress pix…

Lace Edging Detail

and

Lace Edging 1

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Lace Edging Scale

I’ll take a moment to thank the unknown knitters who thought up the “safety cord” for use in knitting. It saved my sanity last night when I had to rip that third repeat back 6 times. By the way, this is a newish (I think) yarn of the brand name of Yummy.