It took me a while to get pictures but I finished these gloves on December 22. So right on the start of Winter. I was happy to have them when we travelled and I’m happy to have them now. Last year, I survived Winter wearing only fingerless gloves. Shoveling was annoying. I did have some old mittens hanging around somewhere (still do, actually) but I never wore them. Somehow, I’d decided I needed new ones. And what do I do when I need new mittens? Knit gloves!
These are the Brünhilde pattern by Robin Melanson. (Does that link work if you aren’t a member of Ravelry?) I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca, a lovely worsted weight alpaca/wool blend (50-50) that my friend Melissa sent me in a swap (thank you!) I needed two hanks but didn’t use much of the second one. Somehow, some sort of beast got into my second hank because it was broken in some places and worn super thin in others. No sign of moths though and I’ve never had issues with carpet beetles before so… I don’t know? It has to be some creature and I’ve tossed the stash to make sure everything was okay. I’m still nervous about it though. Must knit faster and get through the whole stash just to be sure…
Anyhow. Back to the gloves. My coat supposedly has 3/4 sleeves. More like 7/8 on me. In any case, wide, slightly cropped sleeves. I always wear some sort of long sleeved sweater underneath, not because of the sleeve length so much as the fact that I hate having bare arms in a Winter coat. It doesn’t feel right. Still, I wanted a longer length. And I love twisted stitches.
These were much faster to knit than I’d feared. Last time I knit gloves, it took me forever. But then, it was fingering weight yarn and this one is thicker. The second glove took me longer to finish because of the beasties I mentioned. I had to break the yarn in some places because it was too thin. Lots of ends to weave in at the end…
But the yarn is so gorgeous. Look at that color! Heathers are so wonderfully complex.
And they’re warm and comfortable. My fingers are all toasty!
Ooh, pretty! I love the length and the cabling! Here’s hoping for you that whatever was eating your stash is long gone!
Thank you! I hope so too. I have some pretty new yarn that has just been sitting on my desk because I’m afraid of putting it in with the rest and infesting it!