ConnieLene – KnitDesigner

red fingerless gloves

I had a request from my sister in law, she is an amazing masseuse, Diane Davies Massage & Aromatherapy. She wished some red fingerless gloves to keep her hands and wrists warm between massages.

So I began these, intending them to be her Christmas gift. I found a lovely pattern for Reverse Rib Fingerless Gloves free on the internet and I liked the look of them. Reverse Rib Fingerless Gloves pattern by Squish here

The yarn I used is Regia 4 ply, sock yarn, made in Italy for Coats GmbH Germany; and RED so so red.

I knitted the first glove with a few differences – I increased the length prior to creating the thumb gusset. I used Yarn Overs for my increases there, only because I like the look of yarn over increases. The pattern uses make 1 increases.

I also cast on with size 3.75 mm needles, knitted the glove with 3 mm needles and cast off using the 3.75 needles.

Then I proceeded to make the biggest change of all.

The second glove I knitted in reverse – that is I knitted the first glove following the pattern of purl 3 knit 1, the second glove I knitted from the other side – as in knit 3 purl 1.

WOW! What a mistake!!

The second glove was 2 cm wider and was nearly the same length with far far few rows. I was so disheartened that I didn’t count the rows – I could see quite clearly what I had done and even worse I guess is that I knew that would be the result, I had forgotten in my haste.

So on the evening before the gifts were to be shared, along with a meal for 9 prepared by me, I had one perfect fingerless glove and one imperfect large glove suitable almost for a mans hand.

Fortunately I had beautiful soap wrapped in Japanese paper so Diane still received a gift and I am knitting the second glove the correct way – that is following the instructions.

And if you like this wee glove pattern – do knit it the right way, won’t you. and remember that the gloves are fully reversible as they are knitted in the round. Diane can choose which way she likes on any cold winters day when she is doing her massages.

The red is much redder that the photos suggest and they are not lying on a greenish surface but on black. The colour is 02002. I have tried to find the yarn online to see if there is a better colour picture but those I have found do not look any closer to the cherry red of the yarn I have.

If you are in New Zealand and looking for the yarn and it is not in your local wool shop you could try this website here. It seems that the yarn may be discontinued as cannot find it on the Coats website.

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and then there is this shawl

A gift for a dear friend who is 70 and tomorrow we will celebrate. We have known each other for 50 years – they have been busy years for us all.

The shawl has been created with Katia Bombay Mercerized Cotton yarn – a colourful self striping machine washable cotton. I have used this yarn to create flirty summer skirts before – but this time it is a shawl in garter stitch with a feather and fan edge. It was knitted beginning with 7 stitches and increases at each side and down the middle.

It will drape nicely around my dear friends neck and shoulders and not be too heavy.

My dear friend has beautiful skin colour and the yarn which is greys and greens should look wonderful on her.

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and this wee shawl

Nothing to do and close to Kaiaua tonight – do come along for the auction of creations and donations by the Fascinating Aquamarines group of ladies who lunch. All monies raised are for the Kaiaua volunteer Rural Fire Force.
Place – the Bayview Hotel – 943 East Coast Rd. Kaiaua.
Dinner bookings – ph: 09 232 2717

This wee shawlette knitted with a sock yarn – garter stitch with feather and fan stitch. Nice to wear over the shoulders for a cool spring or summer evening or as a scarf wrapped around the neck for autumnal or crisp winter days.

This wee shawl will be in the auction at the Bayview for the Kaiaua volunteer Rural Fire Force.

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Sorry sorry

Yes I did say this throw was going to be auctioned on behalf of the Kaiaua Volunteer Rural Fire Force tonight at the buffet dinner at the Bayview Hotel, 943 East Coast Rd. Kaiaua.

All in a very good cause.

Now the auction will have this new purples mohair throw instead and a shawl yet to be photographed.

Because someone I love has expressed love for the first throw and will now receive it as a Christmas gift. Don’t go telling her will you?

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I think it will be Christmas soon

Grandson aged 11 years is going to create origami decorations for my tree this year. We have bought paper in preparation. The paper is not really in Christmas colours or designs and I have no idea which origami designs he will make but they will be precious.

When the decorations are done and the tree decorated I will photograph it and post it here.

I hope to add to the origami decorated tree the one remaining of the decorations I crocheted for my own very first tree about 46 years ago. It is a white cotton star with purple cotton outside trim and with a bell attached. The colours were simply the yarns I had available, so having origami decorations on my tree in non Christmas colours or designs is just fine with me.

Trouble is I really cannot remember if the decoration still exists. We didn’t have a tree last year, and I am so hoping that deep in the decorations box I will find it and be able to include it.

If I have it still I will add a photo as the decorations were the first things I ever crocheted.

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