Monday, November 24, 2008

The Ghost of the Scarlet Town Crier


Frosty Fingerless Glove Weather (note that the lace should be centered on my hand!)

I almost made it through the weekend without starting anything new, but the pressure of holiday knitting finally got to me. I figure that the more things I start, the more I'll finish when it comes to crunch time. Right? Right? Really, it's a matter of helping me map out what I really do want to get done, so that I'm not making things any harder for myself. I learned the hard way last year, when I started some things too late because I didn't have the right pattern / yarn / plan.

The mitts above are Kathy's Fingerless Gloves (Rav Link), I'm knitting them out of Blue Sky Alpaca's Alpaca Silk. It was trickier than I'd thought to find a lacy fingerless gloves that I could knit out of one skein of this DK weight yarn--there are lots of fingering weight versions, and a few lovely cabled mitts that use more than one skein. None of the local stores I checked with carry this pattern, but it's available online via Patternfish. I hadn't heard of Patternfish before, and was very glad to find it--I really didn't want to order this online, pay for shipping, and wait until after Thanksgiving to get these. I know that it would be easy enough to adapt another pattern for this yarn, but I was more in a get-it-done mood than a figure-it-out mood. Now I just need to get-it-done!

"The Ghost of the Scarlet Town Crier": John Wesley Harding, The Red Rose and the Briar.


~RaenWa~ said...

I love the color you chose to make them can't wait to see them when they are done.

emicat said...

Hmm, I've never heard of Patternfish. I'll have to roam around there and see what they've got - thanks for the link!

I've got half of my knitting gifts done so far and hope to get em all done soon, as I was hoping to get some sewing gifts done too, but we'll see how much I get done.

Here's to both of us finishing on time!