Hi YarnExploder peeps!
My name is Letitia. I will also
answer to Elle, blond chick, and hey you.
I am poly-craftual, as most crafty people tend to be. I consider myself mostly a sewer these days,
but I have also been knitting since December 2008. I taught myself how to knit by looking up
stitches online and making preemie baby caps.
“Hey! Bobbles look fun. I’ll put some of those in a hat! February Lady Sweater? I’m not sure what lace is, but I can turn
that into a hat. Etc.” I love knitting,
but unfortunately/fortunately I live in Florida and there isn’t much use for
knit beanies or giant Aran sweaters or gloves.
Yeah. So about those gloves…
stitches pattern by Julia Mueller sometime in 2010. Someone posted in Remnants about how her
brand-new gloves in a beeyoutiful silk blend yarn were stolen off the
train. She was understandably
heartbroken. Anyway, awesome ravelers
are awesome and someone was able to get the dyer of that yarn to dye more (she
wasn’t dyeing anymore from what I remember) to gift to this chick. That’s how I remember it happening
anyway. Fast-forward to August 2012 and
I see an ad on LSG for sheepytime knit’s colorway of the month, South Pacific, and I
HAD to have the entangled gloves in THAT color.
Never mind the fact that I was going nowhere close to cold anytime soon.
and color in each different symbol on the pattern. There are so many different kinds of twisted
stitches in this pattern and the symbols look similar enough that coloring in
the squares was very necessary for me.
That took somewhere in the neighborhood of three hours to complete. That should have been my first clue as to how
intense this project was going to be.
There are seven (7!) pages of charts after all. I’m not one to look at something complicated
and think I can’t do it, so onward I cast on with my tiny size 0 DPNs.
btw) that I was 15 hours into my first glove and I wasn’t done with the first
chart yet—that’s not even 40 rounds in 15 hours. My hands are like normal people hands with
the pinky spread thing (not sure what to call that exactly, but you know what I
mean right?) starting earlier than the other fingers. I moved my pinky stitches onto waste yarn on
after round 88 and continued working the other three fingers according to the
chart. That’s the only modification I
made that I can think of apart from using a smaller needle size. I tried to make the crosses on the fingers
line up with my knuckles because I thought that would look cool. I wish I had a picture of that! Sorry, not sorry.
months. I was zipping along on them all
through September and was almost done with glove 2 when I stalled for all of
October. I picked the gloves back up to
finish chart 2 on the second glove and was almost done knitting the fingers by
mid-November. Then I stalled again,
spent a month in Central America, and went back to work in January busy as
hell. My biggest challenge was WEAVING
IN THE DING DONG DURN ENDS!!!
Mugglefrackin ends. Ends are my
kryptonite. Well, ends and buttons. I was so not wanting to weave in those ends. I made a deal with myself to just weave in 2 a
day. Just 2. Per day.
That’s it. It still took me forever,
but here, look at my pretty finished gloves!
Glorious gloves really.
My original idea was to take these pictures at the
beach. I’m glad I didn’t because the
reflection from the sand would have been horrible for showing the detail on the
gloves. The backyard wearing a $2 dress
from the Nicaraguan version of Goodwill was way better.
This photo is really blue.
I was trying to get all the cabling to show and overadjusted the colors
in the process. Oops.
For the record, we had a really cold March and I was wearing
my gloves regularly in the mornings.
Steering wheels get cold! Enough
about my gloves. You can find me as ellelittle on Ravelry and/or
read my blog about sewing, what I’m cooking, and where I’m going, as well as
other random things over at ellelittleblog.blogspot.com.
And since I’m feeling really generous, I’ll sponsor a
giveaway too. Up for grabs is a digital
copy of Entangled Stitches (gifted through Rav so you gotta be on there) and a
skein of Knitpicks Stroll Tonal in Pearlescent that’s been languishing in the
stash forever. And because I’m really
freaking awesome, I’ll make you a sweet project bag to go along with it all.
know you do. Leave a comment 1) confirming
that I am, in fact, awesome and 2) what the hardest thing you’ve made so far
was and why. Bonus internet points for
Yarnexploder and readers for having me today!