Nona started Peaceful Palms and with winter approaching, and the title of the KAL, I just had to join. My first choice was Merkje's Gloves (as you see in this post), but then Norma wrote to tell me she had a fabulous ball of yarn that Anne jad spun with beads. She thought it would make a perfect cuff for my gloves. If you look at the picture in my previous post you'll see the glove doesn't really have a suitable cuff, but I HAD to use the yarn, especially after I saw it! Anne does beautiful work and for Norma to offer it to me was a true gift of friendship. A quest for the perfect yarn and pattern ensued and turned out to be successful.
The pattern is Anu's Christmas Glove, stitch count only and no colorwork. You can barely see the beads on the cuff in the picture, but they are such an elegant adornment. The yarn for the rest of the glove is Jamieson's Shetland (290 Oyster) in a tweedy mix of soft orange, cream and green (which looks gray). The gloves will be perfect with Brier. (Her sleeves are growing.)
It is so much fun to knit along with friends during our KALs, even more fun to have friends aid (or enable) the search for the perfect project. I think of Norma and Anne with every stitch and can't wait to have the gloves on my hands (soon).
Make sure you check out Nona's technique of knitting I-cord fingers for gloves from the top down. Very cool.
Cassie and I were discussing whether she should buy Jaeger Matchmaker 4ply to make the Child’s French Socks, as she already had tons of sock yarn in her stash. I encouraged her to go ahead, regardless. If you really love the yarn and pattern, why not? It's only sock yarn. You see, in my stash there is enough yarn to make 50+ pairs of socks. You would think I'd look there before starting a new pair of socks. Before I started blogging I would have done just that. But, in Blogland, where so many beautiful socks and yarns are shown daily, it is hard to resist them all. The easy rationalization is that while the cost of a sweater project can be
prohibitive at times, a ball or two of sock yarn is easily worked into the
budget. There is also a friend or two, who will do their best to
enable inspire. What you see now, is what you want now. (Zen thinking is forgotten.) Take for instance Sweet Georgia's beautiful hand dyed yarns. How could I resist purchasing this gorgeous color!? It may never be seen again, it is unique and I love it.