Last week I told you all that I had botched up my fingerless gloves and I wanted help from knitting genies and geniuses. Well, you were wonderful. Between my Facebook page help, comments on this blog, and in-person suggestions, I had a number of options to choose from. The suggestions included:
1) the obvious but unwanted suggestion to “rip it out,” which was said lovingly and with wonderful comments -truly! (One of my favorites was, “if you love the yarn, love it enough to knit well with it”… wise.)
2) the idea that maybe I could felt it (but the yarn would be worthless if I botched that up too, which seemed highly possibly)
3) doing some decorative “darting” decoration on the back of the hand, creating a way to pull up the extra and make it desirable (I know the person who made this suggestion and I have absolutely no doubt that she could do this beautifully, but I question my design and knitting ability to pull that off well)
4) turning the gloves inside out and seaming them with a sewing machine (REALLY REALLY well and repeatedly), then cutting the selvage off. I’m considering this because I actually think I could make the gloves fit the best this way… assuming I didn’t end up rendering the gloves worthless by my cutting!
So, yarn along buddies, before I take to the gloves with sewing machine and scissors, what do you think? Will it work? Isn’t it kind of like what you do with steeking (sp?). I really think it could work and I could come away with the best fit in the end, but I’m afraid. If I’m wrong, I will have intentionally cut up some of my favorite yarn. I’ll stick a poll in here and you all can vote on what you think I should do… please leave comments too!
In the meantime, here’s what I worked on while I eagerly await the results of our little poll. I finished making my washcloth pattern that I mentioned last week and it’s pretty cute… nothing fancy, but it’s a washcloth, so in my mind, “not fancy” is a good thing.
I would love to share the pattern with you (and last week I said I would), but since then I’ve realized that I’m pretty sure I’d be breaking some kind of copyright law. The thing that makes me unsure is that I’ve incorporated the swatch pattern from the “365 Knitting Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar” into my washcloth, so if I share my pattern, am I not just giving away their swatch pattern without someone having to pay them for it? Help? Any knitters (lawyers) out there know the answer to that one? Until I get a “yes, it’s okay” from the 365 calendar people, I think I better not. Next time I’ll create a pattern that’s truly all my own… maybe another free cowl pattern.
My latest cowl favorite I got distracted by (big surprise) is the FREE Honey Cowl pattern by Madelinetosh. I love cowls… fast, easy, super warm, and fashionable (most of them- I’ve seen some scary ones too!). I think making a cowl sounds like way more fun than working on washcloths. I also still want to begin the Koigu yarn, Churchmouse scarf pattern. I have so much I want to knit and I’m so easily pulled to the next thing. Focus, Kelly. Focus.