These have been a very enjoyable knit. They have taught me that sometimes I just like the process of knitting. I was not in real need of fingerless gloves but I wanted to knit these for knitting sake from the beautiful book Knitting from the North by Hilary Grant.
It started way back in the school Easter Holidays in April with some portable park knitting. Jeez, those dark mint kitkats are moreish.
I transferred the work from DPNs onto an Addi Sockwunder knitting needle. This was a new craft purchase because I did not have any 3mm DPN's. I wanted to see my work more clearly than on four sides to check for errors that might emerge in the pattern. It is a great tool and I will be trying socks on it soon. One end is shorter than the other and the points are supper pointy and smooth. It is only 25cm long.
The stitch markers show the front and back of the glove. I had to follow the chart twice once for the back and once for the front.
At row 37 I learnt a new skill. The pattern asked me to knit 8 stitches with waste yarn and continue to follow the pattern. My fingers are short so I had to reduce the overall number of rows.
Grafting a thumb sounds like a tricky business but it is easy if you do what the book says...
Pick up 8 stitches above the waste yarn and 8 stitches below.
Carefully snip the waste yarn like you would on a steek ( I have never been brave enough to do one so this was a bit heart stopping!)
Spread the stitches over four or three DPN's and knit the thumb. I made a bit of a hash of the first one I made so I unpicked it and tried again - Much better.
'Out of the strain of the Doing,
Into the peace of the Done.'
Julia Louise Woodruff
It is good to learn new techniques. This project has mostly shown me that I just love knitting for what it is.
Thanks for sharing my joy. Have you ever grafted knitting?