Finished Project: Knit Night Gloves

Well, I finished the first of the Knit Night Gloves back in February and I only just now got over Second Sock Syndrome (or Second Glove in this case) and finished the second. It turns out the cure was to finish one slipper and be so desperate to avoid doing the matching slipper that I would work on this long-dormant project.

I had one snag… I decided to stay up incredibly late last night to finish the glove, in spite of my migraine. So, there I sat at 3 a.m., pounding migraine, hurriedly finishing this glove while watching The White Queen. I have now learned that early morning hours plus a headache does not equal the best pattern reading. I took “repeat for rows 3-5” to be “repeat 5 times”. So, the second cuff turned out a couple rows longer than on the first glove. I think I’ve basically decided that I can live with the mistake because I honestly don’t want to tink back the entire bind off edge and two rows of stitches. Also, I made these gloves and the matching hat because I bought the yarn on a very special vacation to New Orleans and really wanted to use it up. I’m not much on wearing hats or gloves (especially fingerless ones), but the memories from that vacation make the yarn too precious to give away, so I will most likely end up keeping them and not actually wearing them. Basically what I’m saying is, it really doesn’t matter that they don’t match.

The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in Zarzamora and the pattern is Knit Night Gloves. 

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This picture doesn’t do the pretty color justice

Knit Night (Finally)

I finally made it to Starbucks for a knit night with the Mansfield Area Fiber Inspired Artisans (MAFIA).  Aisling (an awesome knitter I met via Twitter) has been encouraging me to go for awhile now, but my school work schedule has kept me home. It was fantastic to get out and meet some other knitters and work on my Self-fringing Bias Shawl. Everyone was really great and welcoming. I even had the pleasure to meet a local Young Adult author who’s books I have seen around the library for a time. She was so awesome in person that I had to check out her book, Texas Gothic today.

Overall, it was a fun, relaxing night and I am making some progress on my shawl. I like how it’s open yet plush. I think I’ll add some beads to the fringe when it happens.

The color on this is terrible. It is way too warm looking, but it's night time and ... just go with it. I'll post better pictures when it's done.

The color on this is terrible. It is way too warm looking, but it’s night time and … just go with it. I’ll post better pictures when it’s done.

Oddity

So the only people I really know who knit are my friend Amanda and my mom. That’s about it. Frankly, I’d love to make friends with some other knitting types but there seems to be a bit of an issue.

I’m kind of an oddity in the knitting community.

I’m 23 years old, not married, no kids.

Now, I won’t play into the stereotypes that all knitters are old grannies, because that’s certainly not true. However, the secondary set of knitters seems to be younger women who are moms. I don’t really fit with that group, either.

It would be nice to find a Stitch ‘n’ Bitch group in my area with people my age but there’s doesn’t seem to be a big crowd of twenty-somethings with a love for knitting. Which is a shame, really.

Either way, I’m hoping to join a local knit night that meets at a Starbucks not far from me. It seems like a pretty good group and I appreciate that it doesn’t meet at a yarn shop. I have this paranoia about attending knit ins at a yarn store because I feel like I need to be working on a project with only supplies from that shop. Like somehow they’re going to see me has this horrible yarn traitor, entering their territory with foreign goods. I’m sure this is mostly in my head, but it has held me back. I also don’t like to enter a yarn store if I’m not planning to buy anything because I will either A) end up purchasing things I don’t need because the temptation is too great or B) feel terrible for taking up the shop’s time and not purchasing anything.

So Starbucks, it is. Now the next hurdle is finding a break in my work for grad school to actually make it down there.

One Down

I finished one of my fingerless Knit Night Gloves. I’m not sure I understand the whole fingerless glove thing (aren’t your fingers what gets coldest?) but they match my hat.

Now I was considering casting on another project before I come back to do the second glove, mostly because I’m getting a sore spot on my hand where the double pointed needle hits, but it seems that’s not happening. Why, you ask? Well I went to screw the needles of my interchangeable set to the cord and… it stripped the threading. So it looks like I’ll be needing a new needle. In the meantime, since it appears that’s my only circular size 7 set, I’ll just have to find something else.

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