Sunday, November 18, 2007

Progress on Doctor Who gloves

This is my favorite kind of weekend. All I've done is laze about doing things I enjoy, and I have something to show for it.

The first Doctor Who fingerless glove is turning out well so far. I'm using the glove instructions from Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. I can't believe I haven't used this book more often (I also own Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, which I now want to take another look at - I've never used it). The thumb will be completely enclosed, but all the other fingers will be open. I thought about doing a couple of rows of ribbing before binding off so it doesn't roll (I hate that about my Knucks) but for these, I like the ragamuffin effect.

As for the mitten flip tops, the plans have changed at Eric's request. Rather than being attached to the gloves, they are going to be separate pieces, held in place with a button on the back of the hand. They should be snug enough to stay on without additional buttons, and can be completely removed so that they won't get in the way when not being used. He expressed some concern about losing them, but I think they'll be easy enough to make that they can be replaced if needed. I like this idea as it will be simpler; I had dreaded trying to pick up stitches on the back of the hand because it's hard to know exactly where to do it, and I was worried about it being bulky or messy in that spot.

It's very satisfying to knit for someone who has active interest in how the final product turns out - he knows exactly what he wants and makes suggestions along the way to ensure the final product is satisfactory. True team work!

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