A few weeks ago, I was reading A Blissful Twist’s blog that is written by a young lady named Grace who lives in the US and is in the same year as Gin is in school. Grace made a beautiful pair of fingerless gloves, which inspired me to go and find my fingerless glove project. In the summer of 2011, we spent 2 fantastic weeks in Normandy, France and before going I did a Google search and found 3 knit shops nearby where we were staying. I then went to knitted project binders and found a pattern for fingerless gloves that I bought off of the Knit Picks’ website by The Sweater Babe.
First of all I had shown Gin the pattern and she agreed that these would be perfect for when the air turns cool in the mornings. Not enough for a full-fledged glove (Olive made her pair already) but enough to keep your hand warm while texting your buddies on the tram/bus on the way to school. I remember her distinctly saying yes she would love to have these fingerless gloves made. But that was that. The project remained in my sewing room; just sitting there. I had good intensions of knitting them towards the end of Winter last year and the start of Spring. But then came the move to Switzerland …
But this week, I pulled those fingerless gloves out and in less than 8 hours of knitting they were done! They are definitely different from Vermouth’s fingerless gloves as this pattern had instructions for the left-hand and the right-hand because of the cabling that lays on top of her hands. But on The Sweater Babe’s pattern, she has instructions for a 3-pattern-repeat of the “Vine Pattern” and then there is “ribbing work” for where the thumbs are placed. It doesn’t matter which is the left and which is the right making this pattern is truly a “no brainer” project.
I got a little stuck on the thumb, but once I just worked the pattern as written and not to philosophize too much on what she was saying, then I understood it.
Then yesterday, I gave them to Gin saying, “Look! I finally knitted those fingerless gloves that I promised you.”
Gin: blank stare
I said, “Remember when we were in Normandy and you bought sock yarn** and I bought yarn to make fingerless gloves for you? You said yes you would like them but they had to be blue?”
Gin: “Oh yeah. But I don’t want them anymore. Just give them to Vermouth she loves her fingerless gloves.”
Now it was my turn to give Gin the blank stare.
What is so disturbing about this conversation is that this is not normal for Gin! Vermouth, yes; Gin, no!
To the point of almost never. Well strike that comment!
I haven’t given them to Vermouth yet, because I am thinking about keeping them for myself now. I need a pair for when I want to knit on the tram during the cold months. It would save me time changing out of my gloves and getting to my knitting.
But now Gin has me going through “knitted gift anxiety!” I am working on the gauge swatch for her Christmas present and if she doesn’t like it, I am literally screwed! No one, besides Gin, wears an extra small in our house!
The Martini Knitter