Subtitled: Anticipation vs. Vexation.
No, no I didn’t invent the concept – just this particular pattern to fit MY hands. Began project in 2007, when I was a more amateur knitter (still am, just a bit less so). Mislaid project for a few years, then rediscovered and completed it.
Brag point: I endured making up my own pattern. Gloves are knit as a large wrist tube culminating in little finger tubes. But – if you don’t already know it – how do they make that ‘bridge’ between the fingers? ARGH! After weeks of unsuccessful research and tortuous attempts figuring it out – finally, success. Was there instant gratification? Not a chance. There were frustrating challenges and only anticipation kept me struggling onward.
Of course, I kept NOTES so I could duplicate the opposite side. Still, experimentation rarely works on the first attempt. Fingers vary in size, and don’t get me started about thumbs. I had to unravel each finger several times before achieving a good fit. Had to restart fingertip decreases over & over. Too stubby? Rip it back. Too long? Unravel…yes, I know I already unraveled twice. Do it again.
Love the rich coffee color, and Berroco Ultra Alpaca /wool blend has pleasing tactile qualities. However, it IS what knitters call “a splitty yarn.” FOUR tiny plies of splitty yarn – – in a dark color – – working on 4″ long 00 double point needles. JUST YOU TRY unraveling half a finger tube, then pick up those wee stitches with tiny metal toothpicks! Yeah…now you have respect, don’tcha? I thought so. This was a devilish project, for sure.
Great fit. Minor imperfections? Nobody cares. They’re strong and feel lovely.
Admittedly I feel I’ve earned multiple brag points: (1) Completion of formerly abandoned project. (2) Self made experimental pattern success. (3) Pattern recorded for replication. (4) Knit in very fine yarn. (5) Used tiny double 00 needles. (6) Did I mention the 18 rows of itty bitty CABLES?
Today I definitely feel elated and triumphant over this stage of knitterly success!