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November 09, 2004

Thumb Gusset

Things start to get interesting--shaping begins.

This is also the first time the incredible tightness of my stitches becomes annoying. I now need to figure out how to increase with stitches so tiny and tight that they are completely inflexible.

The chart for the gusset shows little M1 increase symbols, but there's no way I'm going to be able to lift and twist the bar between stitches without almost putting an eye out. So, I do my new favorite substitution for the M1 increase and YO in the row before and twist and knit on the next row. No pulling of the neighboring stitches--pretty slick.

Here is the gusset head on...


and in profile.

there's a joke in there somewhere

I got a comment on my last entry from the Goddess of Glove herself, Lisa of blogdogblog. I was in awe of her glove tour de force last year. Her blog and knitting have provided me with all kinds of inspiration. Go and check out her glove gallery and marvel at her take on the Sanquhar style. Fantastic!

[Non-knitting political mini-rant:

I haven't said anything about the outcome of the election for a couple of reasons: 1) I still can't talk about it without swearing; 2) I want to keep this space primarily for knitting. However, I am making a commitment to be better informed so as to call people on their bullshit political arguments when they try to pass them off as legitimate. This will be hard for an introvert like me, but the stakes are too high to remain silent and appear passive any longer.

I'm all riled up today because the President came to the hospital to meet with the soldiers who have been injured, maimed, and disfigured under his command. I'm sure he found it highly gratifying to once again see the high caliber of the brave and honorable young men and women who have suffered due to his arrogance and hubris.

I wish I could argue my beliefs more eloquently, I think my best choice is to try and keep living them. I guess I'll have to tell you to go and check out what Kerstin's been talking about this week. She's the real deal].

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Michelle, shy or not, you're doing what you can and that's what counts, literally. You go, girl!! and awesome glove AND gussets...

Posted by: caroline at Nov 9, 2004 6:39:22 PM

eep! I didn't realize you had seen them already--I'm blushing here. I'm no goddess of glove, but I appreciate the pun and the compliment :-) Your gusset is simply glovely. I think that I switched just past the gusset to two circular Addi 000s. They are expensive, but I found them very worthwhile compared to knitting on the 4-5 0000s.

Isn't the energy over at Kerstin's amazing? I, too, want to be able to state my opinions more eloquently. I'm impressed with the clarity some people are able to bring to their passion. Kerstin's comments have been like listening to Brahms, only re: current events.

Goddess of gLove. Hee! Thank you!

Posted by: Lisa, Mike, Jack, Della at Nov 9, 2004 7:15:50 PM

Love the glove and the gusset, too. I might try the YO increases next time.

Posted by: Chery at Nov 9, 2004 8:37:17 PM

Fantastic gusset ! Really beautiful knitting.
I am a dyed in the wool socialist.Enough to make most Americans faint clean away.A humanist too.To each according to their need,and all that.I am still shocked by the result,and rather depressed.It has been refreshing to read what Carolyn [Girl Reaction] and kerstin have to say.I really enjoy some politics with my knitting !

Posted by: Emma at Nov 10, 2004 2:06:22 AM

I'm really enjoying the day by day progress of the glove (which looks fantastic) and I think the tip of doing a YO on the row below and then twisting it is brilliant. I will have to remember to try that when I'm helping intermediate tighter knitters. I also agree with the politics. I've stayed away from it on my own blog, but it is nice to know that I'm not alone in my affiliations.

Posted by: Julia at Nov 10, 2004 5:22:52 AM

I have really been enjoying your progression of photos!! I finally had to post since today's are just beautiful. I haven't known what to say about the election. I am just posting sites that I am finding uplifting. I'm glad you are too:)

Posted by: Deb at Nov 10, 2004 9:41:18 AM

Ooooh, Michelle, I'm so glad you're on *our* team.

Posted by: karen at Nov 10, 2004 2:42:07 PM

Thank you. I thought about something you said awhile back (last year maybe?) about the hospital because I came across some stuff recently that made me mad as hell. I hope we can get together some time. I'm focusing now on building a site for women by women about women's issues. There's too much at stake. Will you be a future guest columnist? Please???

Posted by: Kerstin at Nov 10, 2004 7:53:39 PM

Those colors are glorious! Beautiful knitting!

Posted by: Jean at Nov 12, 2004 4:30:23 AM