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23rd January
written by Steph

One of the things that I've discovered about my new knitting obsession is that I tend to make far more things for others than I do for myself. Hardly seems fair, though I must admit, I do really just enjoy the process of creating and while the end result is rewarding, it's always nice to give something homemade to another person and watch their face light up. Still, I figure it's only right that I should reap the rewards of my new hobby every so often, so one of my first projects of 2011 was to knit a pair of fingerless gloves for myself. My office at school is generally freakishly cold, so I plan to make good use of these, as they'll keep my hands warm while I type. Not to mention they're a pretty awesome fashion statement as well!

Spirit fingers!

Time for the close up!

This was probably the most difficult pattern that I've tackled to date, simply because of the intricacy of the "lace" patterning to create the fish scale motif. I learned the benefit of using a "lifeline" with lace knitting, and on my first attempt, I probably had to unravel the glove three times before I was able to get the pattern down. I'm super happy with the end result, however, so the hard work certainly paid off! I'd definitely be up for making another pair and/or making the socks that inspired the gloves in the first place! I'm not the only one parading about new threads, as Emmy recently found herself in possession of a new t-shirt. Snagged in the kids section of target, I love the look of this shirt on our little girl. If there's a dog who loves clothes, shopping, cupcakes, and BFFs more than Emmy, I've yet to meet her! There was a flouncy pink tutu style skirt that would have complemented this perfectly but I thought that might be going too far, so for now Emmy will have to settle for breaking hearts in a shirt alone!

Who's cuter than Emmy Lou? No one!

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  1. 01/23/2011

    The gloves are gorgeous. Aren’t lifelines amazing? I learned those on my first lace project, too, and now use them all the time. I tend to knit a lot for other people, too. I think it’s a good thing, though, because I’d never get around to wearing everything if I only knitted for myself!

    Related: are you on Ravelry? If so, shall we be friends? I’m erelsi.

  2. JoV

    I love your fingerless gloves. The blend of colours are beautiful. Definitely no one cuter than Emmy! 🙂

  3. 01/23/2011

    I love the gloves, and especially the colors! You’re getting pretty good at this!

  4. 01/24/2011

    Gorgeous gloves: check! Next: matching hat and scarf?

  5. 01/24/2011

    Oh my gosh, I love these photos! The gloves are beautiful and you always pick the most beautiful yarn to work with! I think the colors are divine. I also love that t-shirt on Emmy. My dogs won’t wear clothes. They prefer to run around nude like heathens, but I would love it if they did!

  6. 01/24/2011

    @ Erin: Yes, lifelines saved my butt with these gloves! It was nightmarish before I looked them up… and their so easy, which is great since lace is so tricky.
    I am vitrielle over at ravelry – I have added you as a friend!
    @ all: Thanks for the compliments on the gloves. I admit that the yarn did all the work itself as it was a beautiful variegated skien that I bought at knitpicks. When I saw it, I just knew I needed to knit these gloves with it!
    @ zibilee: Emmy loves clothes! She looks so weird when she’s naked! 😉
    @ Alex: Not sure about a matching hat, but I did see a pattern for a scarf that I would like to make with the other skien of yarn I have… It looks rather difficult, however, so I might need to hold off a bit on that one!

  7. kay

    Oh, lifelines! They are perfectly names,aren’t they?
    I tend to knit more for other people too! I just completed some mittens this weekend, and it was the first in a long while that I made something for my little self.

    I love your gloves : the yarn is pretty and so is the pattern! May I ask what yarn and what pattern you used?

  8. 01/24/2011

    @ kay: I used the nereid fingerless glove pattern on ravelry… you can see the mods I made under my project page on ravelry. As for yarn, I used knitpicks Imagination handpainted sock yarn in Wicked Witch. It just seemed like the perfect match!

  9. 01/26/2011

    Very nice gloves! I love the colors.

  10. those gloves are gorgeous! seriously, i didn’t even know there was such a way to knit! i can only make a scarf (but have yet to finish any that i’ve started). i always feel guilty when i knit, like i should be doing laundry or something else instead.

    i really love your fingerless gloves–they are beautiful and tres chic!

  11. 01/28/2011

    @ Dorothy: I am curious how this glove would look in a solid color-hue… would it show off the pattern more? I don’t know! I just know I do love these colors!
    @ nat: Ha ha! Whenever I’m looking at patterns of ravelry, I’m always like, “Oh, that looks semi-impossible to create… I should try it!” This was definitely difficult to get the hang of, but then wound up not being that bad. And I get way too much enjoyment out of knitting to feel guilty about it!

  12. taryn

    Emmy’s BFF does refer to me, yes?

  13. 01/31/2011

    @ claire: They are a wonderful combination of function and fashion… I love them very much! They make my foray into knitting all the more worthwhile!
    @ taryn: Obviously! Though stale bread comes a close second, I must admit… 😉

  14. 01/31/2011

    Lovin’ those fingerless gloves. I could use some of those. Sorely tempted to start knitting, lol.

    P.S. Sorry but I think you’re cuter than Emmy. 😀

  15. Very nice gloves! I love the colors.

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