Thursday, 23 October 2008

warmth, a basic need

Beauty That Moves
If you are like me and are very much a beginner when it comes to knitting, you might appreciate this post. I have the most basic knitting skills imaginable. I aspire to someday whip up delicate sweaters for my daughter, and cozy, durable socks for my husband. Up until recently my skills and knitting experience had never moved beyond making a simple scarf. With winter coming and our plans to keep the heat turned down a few degrees this year, I knew my family would need some extra things to keep warm. I decided to stretch and grow my freshman knitting, not quite a sophomore yet... we'll call this summer school. I set about knitting myself a couple of simple rectangles, folded them each in half lengthwise, and sewed them up the side leaving a hole for the thumb. It couldn't be any simpler, I will give basic instructions at the end of the post.
My hands get cold easily and I love how practical fingerless gloves can be. Wearing these gloves I can sew, fold laundry, put away dishes, tidy, vacuum, play with my daughter, knit, embroider, unpack groceries, write, start a fire in the fireplace, make the bed, play cards... so many things. It's a little difficult to cook or wash dishes, but I have noticed they really do stay on my hands for much of the day.

If you plan on making some simple, handmade gifts this holiday holiday season you may want to add this idea to your list. The gloves use a small amount of yarn making them economical and they do knit up quickly. There are of course far more interesting patterns and styles to be found on the internet, but these were made with the beginning knitter in mind.

You will need:
-size 5 needles
-1 ball (120 yards) worsted weight yarn - wool is warmest
-yarn needle with large eye

-cast on 34 stitches for adult small/medium
-knit until it is 8 inches in length -garter stitch
-cast off as neatly as possible, weave in the yarn end
-thread the yarn needle with yarn, an arms length.
-fold in half lengthwise and sew up the side leaving an opening where you would like the thumb to be. I prefer the glove to reach over my first knuckles, that is how I gauge where I want my thumb hole to be. Finish the seam and turn right side out, repeat to the other glove, you're done!

Here is a useful link as I am sure my instructions could use a little enhancement by knitters who are far more experienced...

I hope you enjoy this simple idea. I'm imagining these little gloves warming busy, working hands all over the world...

My husband's Grandmother is a homesteader. She told me once that the more she can do for herself, the safer she feels. I really understand what she means by that, I imagine many of you do as well.