The gloves endeth.


I just need to weave in the ends of these before they’re done. As you can see, there are a lot of them, and that’s only the half that are visible. I’ve been putting this off for a while now.

For the past four months these have been my knitting club project. I could have finished them at least four times faster but unlike a lot of the other projects I have going, they are very portable. I’ve taken these gloves every Thursday night and my progress report has become a regular feature.

When I lost steam I started bringing other projects with me, but when I brought them out of my bag, people would ask me about my fabulous man gloves were and I’d begrudgingly pull them out and force myself to knit another finger.

The first one I knit from a pattern, sort of. I had the charts but the instructions were vague and didn’t seem to match the picture. I ended up doing a lot of my own math to figure it out. After that I had to take the book back to the library so I knit the second one by looking at the first.

The result is that I have acquired probably more status than I deserve, as that person who knits crazy-complicated-looking stuff without an apparent pattern.

The other night a lady approached us and started talking about maybe coming and learning how to crochet. She was looking at everyone’s projects and getting really enthusiastic but when she turned toward me and saw my gloves she seemed to lose interest. She said that she could never knit like that and then the conversation was over.

This doesn’t happen often but it bothers me every time it does. I hate having this this effect on people. It’s not a competition. No one gets judged or penalized for their lack of experience or ability.

Not to mention, I do things every once in a while that remind me that I kind of suck at knitting.

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See how the cardigan folds itself together like an accordion on the one side there? I decided to knit the button bands on and I got lazy, thinking that if I just picked up every second stitch that everything would work out fine. The nice thing about only knitting in every second stitch is that you’re finished so much faster! The bad thing is that you bind off, try it on and find that it’s totally gibbled and it’s your own fault for not thinking it through.

I do this stuff a lot.

So there you go. I’m a hack. I fly by the seat of my pants. I plunge into things without looking at the instructions and then I screw up and usually don’t show you when I do.


2 Responses to “The gloves endeth.”

  1. chris Says:

    You’re amazing is what you are. The gloves are amazing, and the cardigan just needs to be worn. You know how comfortable it will be after a year of wear? Awesome is what.

  2. erin Says:

    Aww, thanks Chris! Didn’t stop me from ripping out that button band though.

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