Homespun shawl

homespun shawlJanette had a clever idea. She had spun wool left over from her rainbow jumper so she decided to knit a shawl. As she was trying it on she realised it would look nice , and a bit different , if it had a collar. It would also protect better against the drafts and wind around your neck. So here it is! Guaranteed to be your best friend on a cold day.

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Fingerless gloves

fingerless glovesMargaret’s fingerless gloves are being made with wool coloured by Kathy Basheer whose colours are very unique. The wool is very fine and so the fingerless gloves have a nice snug fit because Margaret is making them in rib. So the thumb sits neatly, she has used stocking stitch on the thumb before some rows of single rib. We are still making our fingerless gloves because the weather is still cold!

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Fingerless gloves

We’ve decided there can never be enough fingerless gloves in winter. The ideas just keep coming and there is no end to the variety of fingerless gloves we can create. We value them so much we want to create the nicest and most stylish fingerless gloves ever. They are rewarding small projects, use up oddments, offer an opportunity to try out new yarn, yarn combinations and stitches. On top of that , they keep our busy hands warm without hampering our productivity.

fingerless glovesMaria made Margaret a pair of fingerless gloves from dark blue homespun wool. She has then used colourful scraps of other wool to make a pattern. Maria , though, has a refined sense of visual appeal and a good sense of humour. When you roll the gloves together the little ends she has left on the inside  stick out and make the gloves look like sea creatures. It’s a great visual effect from someone who thinks of the visual details in anything she creates.

ribbed fingerless glovesMargaret is knitting some lovely blue double rib gloves from a graph pattern and the slant on the rib gives them a snug and very stylish fit. She is using acrylic to practice the pattern to see how it all looks but it makes these gloves easy care and machine washable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

fingerelss gloveMargaret is also upcycling some yarn she had used to make something else but the moths had got to it and so she has unpicked that project and is reusing the good yarn to make some lovely, colourful knitted fingerless gloves. Fine yarn makes fingerless gloves have a different look from the thicker yarns. They also fit more closely on your hand and provide the warmth without any encumbrance.

There is a nice free pattern by Kathy North for double rib fingerless gloves on Ravelry .

Fingerless gloves

fingerelss glovesWe are fans of fingerless gloves. You can keep your hands warm but not hamper yourself in all the arty, crafty, yarny things you want to do. It is a good way to use up oddment wool too. Margaret had made a beautiful pair of crochet gloves in lovely colours and Cathy had used the wool she had dyed at the dyeing workshop to make herself a cheerful pink pair of gloves. Hilary had used handspun wool to make some lovely fingerless gloves in a soft blue-grey colour with a Scandinavian star on the back of each glove. We really liked the colours.  In colder climates you need longer cuffs to keep the cold off your fore arms. They don’t take long to make and are a great asset in the cooler weather. There is a knitted pair on video here.fingerless glovesfingerelss gloves