February 20, 2003
My Latest Obsession
Work was cancelled Tuesday due to the snow. No more snow falling, but plenty on the ground, and more importantly, in the streets. I decided to take a little break from Kilim after three days of marathon knitting on it. I thought I'd try out the Sideways Garter-Stitch Gloves from the Winter 2002 issue of Spin-Off.
How to make garter stitch utterly fascinating? Add provisional cast ons, short rows and garter-stitch grafting. The short rows and grafting were part of the pattern, I added the provisional cast ons because they seemed like a good idea given the grafting I'd have to do later...lots and lots of grafting.
Since it's a pattern in Spin-Off, it called for so many ounces of wool at so many yards per pound and wraps per inch. But, not being a spinner and not having some quantity of beautiful handspun yarn lying around, I used what did have?the Plymouth Galway that I had left over from my felted purse. I wasn't sure that I'd have enough for two gloves, but I just wanted to try this pattern out.
I am hooked. I made one glove on Tuesday and started the second which I finished last night. [Enough yarn, yay!] This was really engrossing considering it required so much counting and fiddling and sewing/grafting.
The first half of the glove emerged pretty quickly and then the real fun began as each new finger popped into existence until I was grafting the final seam along the thumb. And then...POOF...a 3-dimensional object the shape and size of my hand. [Isn't that similar to what makes knitting socks so fascinating?] The fingers seemed a tiny bit short at first, but the garter-stitch is so stretchy that all they need is a little tug and they fit perfectly. Also, while it might take a little concentration to make the hand wider, it wouldn't take very much to make the fingers longer if you really had to.
I stopped on the way home tonight to get yarn for several more pairs in assorted colors. [I got one pair out of a 210 yd. ball of yarn]. I've already cast on for a new one. I don't know how long this new obsession will last. I don't know if I'll keep them all or start giving them away. I'm bound to tire of all the grafting eventually. [I did discover though that I can sew equally well with both my right and left hand].
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