Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Christmas Knitting begins...
I have this sister. She has arthritis, and so every year I make her fingerless gloves for Christmas. Something to warm the joints in her wrists, and keep her hands from feeling the pain, yet still allows her to use her fingers to text, use the remote and take care of her kids. One year, I almost didn't make her any. I wasn't feeling the Christmas knitting spirit I guess. But although other presents were forgotten or never attempted, I did end up making her a pair of fingerless gloves. She opened them up on Christmas day and exclaimed, "I've been waiting for these!"
So, it has become somewhat of a tradition. She gets mittens, fingerless gloves, gloves or wrist-warmers. Other presents can slide, but not hers!
This particular pair was made with Cascade 128 Superwash, size 10 needles, and a touch of inspiration.
Do you ever find a pattern that just sings to you? And you click on it, and you gasp because it is way beyond your budget? And you have to sulkily find something else to knit? Audrey is a six dollar pattern. I know how much work it takes to write a pattern, believe me. Yet I cannot afford the six dollars right now. Looking at the picture revealed how simple the pattern was: three rectangles and some sewing. Why, the original pattern didn't even have a thumb gusset.
A little more searching revealed this Bulky Fingerless Gloves pattern, and I was ready to combine the best of both worlds.
So simple to just add a bow on, and yet it one-ups them from function to fashion! My sister will definitely love them. My son wants me to add a button on, at the middle of each bow, but I'm not sure yet.
They only took maybe 4 hours, total. Fun and simple! If this is how my xmas knitting is going to go, bring it on!