Cnuic Gloves

Fingerless gloves in handspun.

Ta-da! I spun AND knit these, finger gussets and all. I’m calling my iteration of the pattern Cnuic gloves because the rolling green-gray shapes makes me think of the hills in a book of Scottish fairy tales I remember reading as a kid.

Fingerless gloves in handspun.
Piano fingers!

And I’ve put the instructions together for you, completely free of charge. 🙂 Which is nothing, really, because finger and thumb gussets are pretty standard knowledge, and the stitch pattern is from Cookie A.’s Pomatomus socks and the two belong together.

Made from lightly green-gray handspun
Cnuic Gloves

Enjoy!

Read about the spinning process »

Intentionally Spun

Skeins of yak/silk with spindle

I’ve finally done it. Only what, three years now after picking up spinning? I’ve finally spun something on purpose with a specific target in mind. And do you know what? It’s the first bit of handspun that isn’t sitting listlessly in my stash, waiting for me to figure out what to do with it. Who knew that when you plan the project out in advance, it’s almost impossible to wait long enough to let the twist set before you ball up and cast on.

Skeins of yak/silk with spindle
4 oz. / 375 yards 50% yak, 50% silk from One Lupine

This is roughly 375 yards of 17 wpi 50% yak, 50% silk. The roving was hand-dyed by One Lupine, a Christmas gift from my most excellent sister-in-law who lives in their general corner of the globe. I worked it up on my 23-gram spindle from Port Fiber. Quick review on the spindle: the spin was lovely, but I won’t buy fancy shaped edges on a whorl any time soon. The nature of the wood means that you get splinters, which means snags. Bad news for a 28 wpi single ply. The curvature of the whorl also made it hard to get the budding cone of yarn to sit snugly against the whorl, which made it trickier to build the cone in a balanced manner. Once I replaced the hook with a sturdy 1/2″ brass cup hook from Home Depot, I found it much easier to get a good, centered spin going and the weight distribution was good for what I was working with.

I knew from the moment I opened the box Christmas morning that this gem of a fiber was destined to be long fingerless gloves for me–my hands get severely cold when typing. I wanted them to be thin to avoid dealing with bulk in between by hands and the keyboard (the reason I don’t use the gloves I have), which meant aiming for a fingering weight yarn…which is about what I’ve figured out how to spin with some consistency, so that worked out nicely. 🙂

I did the math and figured out that with a 2-ply (again, only plying technique I’ve picked up to date), I would want my singles to be about 28 wpi. My mother gave me this little treasure for Christmas:

Spinner's Control Card
This control card makes it quick to check my gauge.

And let me say, I found it to be extremely useful.

The roving was a rainbow mix and a bit thin, so I split the colors apart and then split each of them into four parts of more or less equal weight. (Having a digital scale is unavoidably useful for spinning, I am finding.) That allowed me to spin four single of roughly equal length and roughly equal color variations so I could make two 2-ply skeins so I can make one glove from each and know (a) how long to make the gloves and (b) that they’ll more or less match.

Yak/Silk Rainbow Handspun
Hard a hard time getting the lighting right, but you can see the color variation.

Both of the balls came out weighing the same, within two yards of being the same length, and with fairly even color variation…though I got over-eager and started knitting before taking a shot of the balls together.

Pomatomus Glove
I love the subtle color variation with this stitch pattern.

And here’s a sneak picture of glove number one, sans fingers and thumb. The stitch pattern is from the Pomatomus socks on Knitty. I’m not the first person to have made this transition, but the other instructions out there are disappointingly lacking in specificity, so I’ll share my pattern notes when I finish working this out. Come back in a week or two for the details!

Update: Here’s the pictures of the finished gloves and a free pattern for them!

Agatha Glovelets

As promised, if a bit late, here’s my latest pattern!

Agatha Glovelets

Agatha Glovelets

These steampunk-inspired fingerless gloves are named for the spunky, sparky heroine of Girl Genius. They’re worked flat and finished with a beaded crocheted edge that laces up with ribbon.

Agatha Glovelets, View 2

If you’re looking for a quick gift for anyone who enjoys a bit of fanciness with a slight faux-Victorian flair, these make an inexpensive, fast, and stylish project.

Get the pattern from Ravelry now!

Awesome Pattern (TK)

My oldest younger sister was the one who introduce our household to Harry Potter, and she has never ceased to be his biggest fan in our family. Last Christmas, I knit her a Gryffindor scarf (cast on 80 in Red LB Homespun, join and knit in St st until you get sick of it, switch to yellow, repeat ad nauseum, BO and add freaking tassles) that, if you couldn’t tell from my instructions, became nicknamed the “Hateful Scarf.” It wasn’t that it was challenging: it was just too freaking long and BORING. When I made Joy’s gloves last March (“J is for Joy”), Cho said, “ I want monogram gloves too! In red and yellow.”

My first thought was, “Sure, no problem!” Of course, when I said this, the only colorwork I had ever done was the Hateful Scarf, and switching colors between rows doesn’t quite count. I taught myself intarsia making “Thing-a-ma-Bibs” and found it to be annoying, but manageable. I learned to do Fair Isle in the round making a beret for my youngest sister…a project I affectionately think of as the “Sailor Hat,” because it taught me that I can curse like one.

So. The yarn’s been sitting in my basket for four months. I’ve played with intarsia and Fair Isle. Fingerless gloves are my thing. Christmas is only two weeks away, but I’ve saved designing and making Cho’s gloves for last because, really, how hard could it be?

HAHAHAHAHAHA.

First off, you may have noticed that Cho’s real name begins with “R,” a letter with some distinctly diagonal shaping. I sketched and erased my chart about ten times before I finally admitted that I needed help. I took it to my husband–a graphic designer who’s understanding of how to order pixels into a diagonal line is much more refined than mine. He frowned, erased everything except the wobbly back, and kindly fixed it so that it looked like a letter that had not been drawn by a kindergartener.

Armed with a chart and my gauge, I cheerfully cast on and began to knit away, getting all the way through the ribbing and the increases before something occurred to me: intarsia doesn’t work well in the round. A Google search quickly showed me how to manage, but I can’t say the situation thrilled me. I don’t like purling. I prefer working in the round, in fact because YOU CAN AVOID PURLING. Silly of me perhaps, but the necessity of having to purl half of a project I had thought I could get away with knitting put me in a funk that made it challenging to actually finish the still-fairly-simple gloves before Christmas.

In the process of sulking over these gloves, my notes were a bit neglected. Usually I’m just detailed enough that a skilled knitter could take a snapshot of my notebook and work it out…eventually. This time, however, I find myself almost having to recreate the pattern from scratch. What’s worse, I was so eager to wrap the darn things and get them out of my site that John and I didn’t end up doing our usual careful shoot with them. These cellphone snapshots are the best I have.

John and I are traveling home this weekend for Charlie’s bridal shower, so hopefully I can convince Cho to lend me the gloves back long enough to get some decent pictures and measurements so I can finish writing a pattern with the same minimal coherence I strive for in all of my patterns. Next week, with any luck, I’ll be able to present you with the pattern for Cho’s Magical GryffindoR Gloves.

“J” is for Joy

This is the first, and as of the publication of this post, the only, pattern that I am selling instead of giving away for free, mostly because I put an insane amount of time into getting it right and I’m fairly proud of the end result. These fingerless gloves are very light and delicate and the pattern has enough complexity to keep things interesting without driving inexperienced knitters crazy.

Buy “J” is for Joy Now!