Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Has anyone used Opal yarn?


I justreceived Karen's patterns for the gloves and mitts and headband. I can hardly wait to start on them! However, I noticed that Karen uses Koigu KPPPM and KPM in her gloves. I know that Koigu KPPPM is a heavier fingering weight yarn than Opal or some other sock yarns. Will Opal work ok? I have an Opal Neon skein with purple, blue, turquoise and lime green that I think would make beautiful gloves, however I normally knit the Opal with Size 1 and 0 needles for socks, and with the Koigu (I'm knitting my first pair of Koigu socks) I am using Size 2 for the legs, and will use Size 1 for the feet. With the Opal I get 9 stitches per inch using size 0 needles.


Monday, December 17, 2007

welcome Rhonda

Rhonda lives in CT
she just joined
can't wait to see what colors / yarns she chooses

Friday, December 14, 2007

Anne joined

welcome Anne to the knit along

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Back to Plugging Away the Second Time

I am working on mine again. My Gage is working out this time. Opps I have to run...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Hi from Nebraska

Hi everyone! I'm Barb from Nebraska. I'm a work from home Mom and Grandma. I've been involved in sewing, cross stitch, knitting and crocheting and many other crafts since I was old enough to walk and talk... My Mom taught me how to sew and knit and my Grandma taught me how to crochet.

It's been about 20 years since I've knit anything! I saw a book of patterns for socks and decided to knit again... Then recently I found Karen's Hand Painted Gloves pattern on Etsy. I'm so excited! I haven't finished the socks yet, and have already started the gloves. LOL - I swore I wasn't going to do that! The projects are on different needles so I can work both...! RIGHT?

The largest town around me doesn't have much in the way of yarn, no specialty stores that I'm aware of... I got Busy Bee - Sweet Delight baby yarn from Hobby Lobby in Crayons Ombre and angel (white). So far so good...I've made a few mistakes in the first pattern chart but I'm not unknitting any more rows! LOL The guage is right on - I was worried about that... Since I took this picture, I've continued to knit and am now working the thumb gusset and back of hand and palm. Can't wait to get to the fingers! :) I've watched very closely to keep from making any more pattern chart mistakes... and they are looking good.

Where does everyone get their yarn from? My next pair (oh yeah...) will certainly be from some better yarns. Anyone with suggestions? There is a lot of fingering & sock yarn on Etsy, but which one???
I'll post a new picture later. I love all the color schemes I've seen so far. It's amazing how different each pair looks in different colorways. I really love that I can choose a chart for the fingers. That will be fun! Anyway, nice to meet and get to knit along with all of you! Barb

Sunday, December 2, 2007

KAL Hall of Fame

Joanne in Indy asked
if you can post pix of mitts
to the Glove Hall of Fame
the more Finished hand warmers
i see
the more inclined i am to start mine

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Welcome # 53

Barb just joined
can't wait to see what
colors & yarns she picks

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Nude Fegrig combination....

I am thoroughly enjoying this pattern...just-one-more-row knitting at it's best!! Chose Nude and fegrid colourways.

However...visiting the frog pond as used too large a needle! Casting on straightaway however, as this is such a great knit.

Monday, November 12, 2007


i see Krista sent in an intro
can't wait to see what fabulous yarns
everyone will be using
yeah, yeah Abby
i NEED to start my gloves
currently on needles
SOX for work
gotta be black or navy
i HATE boring stockinette so ...

Newbie and yarn choices

Hi Y'all,
I fell in love with these mitts and gloves as soon as I saw them. I also just received some Kauni muticolor rainbow that I grabbed up becaused I love the way you can start at different points in the colorway for each of the 2 yarns - MC and CC and get such a neat effect. I am hoping this will also work in the smaller scale of these gloves. Has anyone else tried this? Krista GG

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Yarn coice...now that is the question!!

I have been spending a happy (obsessed???) few hours messing about with different combinations of yarn. This is like leaving a sweet shop with only one bag of sweeties!!!.

Anyway, narrowed it down to a solid and a varigated combination...(Yarnyard Nude and Yarnyard Fegrig)

or a solid and semi-solid ( Yarnyard Nude and Yarnyard Pillar box.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hello from Scotland

I'm Natalie and I live near Edinburgh in Scotland. Murdo found the patterns for these fabulous mitts and gloves on ravelry and sent the link to me, and she went one better than that and bought me the pattern as a gift.
I have always been a one WIP at a time person, but I'm planning to knit the mitts in no particular hurry, to enjoy the process of seeing them evolve slowly, rather than rushing to get them finished. I'm thinking of a solid yarn, maybe red or purple or green, and a Shetlandy semi solid as a textural contrast. Probably the one called Porage Oats in my online shop (if I'm allowed to say that).
I don't think I've ever seen such a beautifully written pattern. It's a real work of art.


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Just joined :)

Just had to join when I saw this KAL. The patterns are great and it was a huge decision which one to start on...mitts or gloves....looking like Mitts. Still choosing Yarns but will definitely be two Yarnyard Yarns...a semi solid and a solid. Exciting!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Updating Info

OK knitters
if you are not invited to join the Hall of Fame
please send me an e-mail at
include your Real name
and Blog if you have one
also your Ravelry Name & link
i will work on updating BOTH blogs
i didn't realize i had fallen behind
now that the weather is turning colder in MOST places
more knitters will be knitting
and we DO want to see what you are all up to
IF i missed posting a pic of completed gloves
you can e-mail a pic & details to me
add your REAL first name
where you reside
Brand & color of yarn
needle size used
how long it took to knit them
blog addy
ravelry addy


just invited Natalie to join
she will be doing the mitts i think

Ravelry ID's

OK Knitters
please send me your ID on Ravelry
i will use Abby's idea & put it in the sidebar on the left
send me your ID & Real name & link to your Ravelry page
i will post as i get them
who NEEDS to start knitting gloves
and will have to get the mitts & headband pattern
from Karen
then, i will have to convert the tam pattern
then ... probably a pair of sox
and of course
a scarf

looks like i NEED to stop knitting sox
and get knitting

Monday, November 5, 2007

Thank You to Glove Knitters

Dear Friends,

You all have inspired and encouraged me to work on perfecting and publishing my knitwear designs. Your work is so beautiful!

I have a little "thank you" gift for each of you . . . a simple Snowflake headband pattern to match your gloves. The cool model is my friend Emily who has helped me layout the Karendipity patterns.

I would love to send you this free pdf pattern download if you'd like. Send me an email at karendipitydoo@gmail.com identifying yourself as one of the Karen's Glove KAL members along with any photo of your work you'd like to share with me, and I'll get the pattern to you as soon as I can. Just be patient with me . . . I still have not figured out how to knit and type!!! :)

I have begun offering classes at The Studio Knitting & Needlepoint in Color Work 101 and the Hand Painted Gloves. And I am now publishing and selling my patterns at karendipity.etsy.com Your creations may be getting a bit more views as my ravelry friends and students are finding you!

My Marvelous Mitts pattern was, of course, inspired by the Hand Painted Gloves. It is very similar with a few extra Twined Borders, different charts, some shaping at the top and no fingers! I love fingers (more pattern canvases), but I am also loving wearing these mitts. It is also my publishing, so there is much more in the way of tutorials and my own personality. I hope you like it as well.

Note from "The Shameless Commerce Division" of Karendipity Designs: Marvelous Mitts pdf pattern $8.00

I will be starting Knit Alongs on Ravelry.com soon. I am simply "karen" on ravelry.

Love and Stitches,



I am almost to get my invite to Ravelry, I dont need anything else to take me away from knitting, but maybe it will help me get organized so i quit buying needles i already have, ok so maybe it wont. I was trying to come up with a good name, the first one that popped in my head was crabbyknitter cos of my email address but that does not sound very friendly.

I think it would be cool to have us as a kal on their, may get more people interested, can we start a list of ravelry names on the left side like we have blogs.

sherry I am so sorry you dont have your gloves, that just plain sucks.

I started on mine finally but have not worked on them as I am working on xmas knitting right now. Mom keeps saying i wish it would get cold so i can wear my gloves, well she may get her wish this week.

Cathy you need to get busy on your gloves, you set this up and yet you have yet to show us your work.


Sunday, November 4, 2007

Hey Karen !!!

i know you are on Ravelry
i thought you were gonna start a KAL
for the gloves
i can't find it on Ravelry
i am new to ravelry,
so i may not be looking right

the HAT

someone suggested this link to use as a
basic pattern for a hat
to match the gloves
uses a total of 52 grams


i think that the person was planning on

using the same yarns that

she used for the gloves
so, you could probably use 1 skein of each of 2 yarns

and graphs that Karen had in her pattern

it IS on my list of things to knit

yup ... i NEED to start the gloves

then knit the hat & a matching scarf


i could knit the hat first
to get the guage & practice the technique
then i could knit the gloves

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Gearing Up

Hi everyone!

Here's yarn for my second pair. Collinette Jitterbug in Monet combined with Tekking Pro Natura in a soft heathered green. Blends very nicely with the soft colors of the Monet. Probably won't get started until after the holidays.

There was some talk of a hat. Will that happen? Is there a way to predict how many yards/ounces will be required for each yarn (for a hat)?

Keep Knitting, Sherry G
P.S. No, I never found my gloves!

Saturday, October 6, 2007


Kelsey lives around KC MO
she just joined
can't wait to see her gloves

i almost started mine today
decided i need to finish a shawl i started
in Jan
gettin' there
using jitterbug
so do i use sport OR fingering Louet
then i gotta get needles
the ones i bought have disappeared
probably in another project

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Another Pair

I've started another pair of these wonderful gloves recently. These will be for our daughter, Amanda.

Amanda chose the colors. The yarn is Mountain Colors Barefoot in the Woodlands and GoldRush colorways.

Even though the pattern isn't as ditinct in these colors, Amanda still wants me to continue and the colors are definitely beautiful!

Another Pair

I've started another pair of these wonderful gloves recently. These will be for our daughter, Amanda.

Amanda chose the colors. The yarn is Mountain Colors Barefoot in the Woodlands and GoldRush colorways.

Even though the pattern isn't as ditinct in these colors, Amanda still wants me to continue and the colors are definitely beautiful!

June just joined

everybody welcome June to the KAL
when she gets a moment
she will post

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A Few More Rows

Today I got a couple more rows done on my gloves. They are crawling along on my second start. I am now row 8 of the first snow flake. I will have to see if I am getting the correct gage this time when I get through the first chart. However, I am trying to finish a pair of socks for sixsoxKAL, my gloves and I promised a lady on another KAL blog I would work along with her on a KAL I started a year ago! Scary how much I spent on the yarn for these two that I seem to drag my feet on. Time to whip them up. I am still here plugging away. My goal is to have them done by the time I need them.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Way to go Karen!

Karen that is so cool that you are gonna sell your patterns. You have to keep us posted as to when you post new stuff. I think we should do a kal for all your patterns, we can be your test kal.

Sherry, did you ever get your gloves back?

Tracey, good luck with your move, maybe at 110 you can use the gloves to keep your hands from getting sunburned.

I was supposed to g0 see the Yarn Harlot Sunday in Wichita, Kansas (who on earth put her there and not here in KC is beyond me.) I had tickets, etc, but one of my mom's kids from her Sunday School class saw her out, he loves her, gave her a big bear hug from behind and she wrenched her back. So I did not get to go, maybe next time she can come here or things will allow me to go see her. I checked her blog and looks like we missed a good time. I was gonna see if she would join our kal.

I know I owe a picture of my current gloves for myself and I need to finish my Halloween gloves and will post them cos Halloween is not that far away. If work plans go as I hope I will be in Salen for Halloween, can't get any better than that.


Friday, September 14, 2007


The glove was the first original pattern Karen designed.
the KAL has inspired her to begin working
on a line of patterns.
She calls them Karendipity, serendipitous designs.
The works are in progress at this time,
some are in the design phase,
others in the publishing phase.
She has decided to begin selling the
Hand Painted Glove Pattern on Etsy.com
The printed pattern will continue to be available through
The Studio in Kansas City.
However, if anyone would like to download the PDF
under the Karendipity label, they may purchase it at


to QUOTE Karen
"This alternate method of receiving the pattern.
I think many will be pleased with my new layout and design.
Some may just prefer to receive the pattern via PDF,
something the Studio cannot do at this point.
The pattern is the same, the flavor is my own."

Thanks for all your help and motivation.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Where is everyone?

I have to admit I have been gone for the past month and have not been on here much, but the gloves being finished are beautiful, I have to say i would be honored to wear everyone that has been posted. I started on MY pair in black/salmon, will try to post pictures this week.

Nice to see Tracey finishing those gloves for that 110 temps, maybe the gloves can keep you from getting sunburnt on your hands, anyway stay in touch Tracey, where is Qatar, must get my maps out.

Sherry did you ever get your gloves back?

I am going to see the Yarn Harlot on Sunday, she will be in Wichita at my dad's old high school so I will definitely be writing about that. My mom and her friend are going, they dont knit but they felt a road trip was in order, maybe I c an conver them. Mom is taking her gloves and I am gonna see if I can get the Harlot to join our group, socks/gloves they are kind of the same aren't they, both small projects that can be a challenge. I also plan to take one of my socks from the sockstars group or my gloves or both. Since I am driving it kind of cuts into my knitting time but it is for a good cause.

In case you have not wandered to The Studio website they now have online shopping, I know more yarn heading your way in a box. I better get to work my new boss from Dallas is to be here soon and she is going to tie up my time with

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Remember me?

Guess where we are now??
Can anyone name that city? Hint: the country name begins with Q.

Now, I swear I wasn't keeping this glove on the needles just for the sake of photographing it in front of the Persian Gulf. No - I am actually that lame, starting glove #2 in April, and still not finished in September. Well, there has been other stuff going on..... like moving over here.

I said I wouldn't let myself post until they were both done, but I couldn't resist going for the most-travelled glove-in-progress award. Now I'll get back to work on it (now that I'm living in 110 degree weather - sheesh!) I may have to change my comment ID, from TracyinKansas to Tracy inQatar :)

Enjoying everyone else's beautiful work! Keep it up....

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

At Last!

I've finally finished the second glove. Hallelujah! I have learnt so much doing these and the second one fits me much better than the first as I had the confidence to ignore the pattern instructions and amend them to fit my chunky little hands.

There are a couple of things I would change - the way the fingers are finished (I don't like the lumpiness of the 8 stitches drawn together and will look for another method for future use) and the severity of the thumb shaping. If you look at the right hand thumb you will see what it looked like when I followed the instructions and it looks quite pointed. On the left hand I changed the shaping and I think it looks much better. So much so that I am going to rip the right hand thumb and do it like the left.

My tension also has changed between the 2 gloves. On the first one it was much looser whilst I got used to the 2 handed FairIsle technique. I haven't blocked them yet so they still look a bit lumpy but overall I am very pleased.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Welcome a new member

Linda wants to join the KAL
pop in & introduce yourself
when you get a chance
let us know what yarn / color you are gonna knit

Thursday, August 9, 2007


i can't beleive someone took Sherry's gloves
hope you get them back
i still haven't started the gloves
got yarn & pattern a while ago
when i was still in INDY
got needles last weekend
got 0, 1, 2 & 2 1.2 circs

everytime i think i will start
i find something else i wanna start
just finished another pair of sox
pattern will be up in Dec on New Yarns
current OTN
a bag .. yeah
i know i don't NEED another bag
but it's addictive
gonna look at the tam pattern to see IF i can
figure it out to translate Karen's graphs to the tam
won't need hat, scarf, gloves in Ga this winter
need black for work

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Lets get a Knitting Posse Together

That just plain sucks that someone stole your gloves, I hope they are just misplaced although they are beautiful and I could see someone wanting them. They did not place, how wrong is that, well some people have no eye for talent. I am so sorry. Let's get a posse together and see if we can find your gloves.

So Cheryl did you get the Yarn Harlot to join our kal? She is going to be in Wichita (3hours away, used to live there) in September so I hope to go see her. I will take my gloves as well and maybe we can get her to join our group.


Even knitting gloves of wool, being a small project, is difficult in heat index of 110.

The County Fair!

You may be wondering why there is a pair of socks pictured here! Well, let me explain. These are my entries in the County Fair which ended last Sunday.

The socks are the "Eleanore" pattern with a picot edge top. The gloves you recognize as the gloves I knit for this KAL. The socks received First Place in the "slippers" category (since there was no sock category).

Don't misunderstand, I'm very pleased with the socks but I didn't have very high expectations for them. On the other hand, I did expect to get something for the gloves. The down side is that they had to go into an "other" category which is never good (you can't even guess what your competition is). The gloves got nothing--zip! I was surprised at that!

Rubbing salt in the wounds, they lost the gloves!!! They were no where to be found in a rather small (as fairs go) building. I'm hoping that they got folded into someones quilt or something and whoever it is will be honest and return them to the fair. I am very unhappy.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Gloves and Yarn Harlot

I went to hear the Yarn Harlot last Thursday and brought my glove as my project, many many oooohs and ahhhs..I finished the 4th finger on the first glove which then of course reminded me how much I love doing the glove so the fifth finger is done as well. Hoping to cast on for the second glove this weekend. I have yarn already for the second pair. I will post pics perhaps next Monday as I am working many mnay hours over the next 6 days (79)

Thursday, August 2, 2007


Hilla wants to know if we are going to have a sock snowflake kal? Anyone interested? And Sherry how did your gloves do in the county fair?

Anyone working on their second pair yet. Tracy, where did you go and did you get your other glove done?

I better get to work, leaving at noon today cos I have to use some comp time or lose it, I am going home to work on my sockstars socks cos we have a group knit on Monday and I had to completely start over. They are mitered squares done on size 0, I know I have lost my mind but I am to the point like probably some of you where I now need challenges in my knitting, besides it keeps the alzheimers at bay.

Tax Free weekend in Kansas City, how come yarn does not count as a school supply?


Monday, July 30, 2007


Cindi from KC just joined

Accessories for our Gloves

In case you need something else to go with the fabulous gloves we are all making, in the Interweave Felt Issue that just hit the stands there is an ad from Tahki Stacey Charles with a snowflake purse and the Fall issue of Interweave Knits has a pattern for snowflake socks. So we now have an excuse to not only buy more magazines and yarn but to accessorize these gloves. Don't forget to post your pictures and any issues, joys, etc to share for the class to be taught at The Studio in September. BTW they had a huge gumball sale one day, the color of the gumball got you a certain percentage off (I got 40%) and the lady in front of me had our glove patten with a vibrant red and black, I cant wait to see them, i told her about the blog so hopefully she will join and post pictures.

I am suppsed to go to LA in a couple of weeks and I finally found a black and salmon color to make my gloves out of, so that will be one project I am taking with me.


Friday, July 27, 2007

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Sorry,my last entry got cut off due to my"computer skills"
It should have ended that I learned a lot from my mistakes.
The thumb has way to many stitches for me and the suggested decrease makes it look of center.Are there any suggestions out there how to rectify this problem?Unfortunately, I cannot change to much on my second glove but I will have to knit another pair for my dd. and would like for it to look better.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Change Spacing Of Twist If You Knit Tight

I discovered I knit tight enough with two colors I can not use the same knit two, twist each time as when I was working on the star on the back of the hand. I had little waves on the back. I need to change back and forth between at least two spacings when I get that far the second time.

Living in Iowa a long cuff can be a good thing a very good thing. As you want gloves up your sleeve overlapping so you do not feel the winds when they are strong at times freezing a gap. ;-) I am only going to shorten it a little bit.

Monday, July 16, 2007

First Glove finished

This afternoon I finally finished glove no1.Hopefully I will have enough contrasting yarn to finish the second one.I did not
feel like ribbing again,otherwise I would have shortened the cuff some more.It is way to long as AngW mentioned or my arms are to short.I will post a picture as soon as I find someone with a digital camera.I enjoyed the knitting and also

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Plugging Along Again

I found that doing two color work in two hands tights up my gage a lot! So I have went up to a size 3 U.S. Addi hoping my gage will finally be the 8 stitches to the inch we need for the pattern. I started with a U.S. 1 I found I was getting 11 sts to the inch. I think I may shorten the area in the cuff between the snow flakes, not sure yet though.

I just finished the ribbing on the cuff for the second time.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

C'est fini!

Gloves done! Love 'em! They are off to the county fair tomorrow! This was a challenge--but a R-E-A-L-L-Y fun one! I hope all of you are having as much fun with this as I have.

Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in toscana colorway; Universal Pace in cream colorway. I used 1 skein each (but not whole skeins). There were knit on two circs (KnitPicks Options, size 2) up to the fingers and then, I bit the bullet and sprung for a set of Lantern Moon Sox Stix to do the fingers--LIFESAVERS!!! All of the fingers are different and the thumbs match.

This was my first pair of gloves. Thanks for a great KAL!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Karen Inspired Me

I just got off the phone with Karen and she said yes she is teaching the glove as a class, so we need to get our gloves and any problems, hints, etc on the blog so she can show the class and they can learn from our experiences and be inspired by the beautiful work you all have done. She also told me I need to post my one glove I have done. I am envious of people like karen who can come up with beauties such as the gloves, so I thought I can do that, yea right. I sat down one day and made charts, etc and thought I needed a pair of Halloween gloves which is my FAV day of the year. So here is myright hand, it has not been blocked and the left hand has a spider on the back of the hand with some other wording. Ladies let your imagination runwild and create, create, create


Hello All

I have been lax in glove knitting and posting. I have been finishing a lot of angel knitting and swaps, etc. Hope to return to my gloves in August......then I can wear them shortly after :) Everyone's gloves are so beautiful, great job ladies

Friday, June 29, 2007


i safely got to Georgia
today, i got a Driver's License & PO Box
i have the yarn & pattern
not sure i remembered to pack needles
most of my stuff is still in Indy
i am sore from packing, lifting & moving
i think i will be able to knit again tomoro
last nite, i knit strips of fuzzy yarn & attached them to
the straps of flip-flops
give it a week or so for me to adjust to things
in the south, then i mite get the opportunity
to start the gloves
goin' to Alabama tomoro to a yarn store
i heard of in Birmingham
will try to check in more regularly
so, what's on YOUR needles

Thursday, June 28, 2007

I am addicted

Dear GW: I figure I can call you that since you are the President and I work for the FAA, technically you are my boss through a bunch of other bosses. Anyway I write to you today to tell you that instead of some of the stupid laws you are working on you need to consider making knitting a legal addiction. As I was driving to work today the DJ's were interviewing a dishwasher from Sweden. His government has dictated he is legally addicted to heavy metal music. They pay him 20% of his salary (omg the yarn I could buy with that much money each month), he gets his birthday and Ozzie's birthday off (I would settle for my birthday and Karen's birthday off), he gets to listen to his music at work as loud as he wants. I will settle for 15 minutes/hour to knit. They asked him what happens if he does not get to listen to his music, he said he gets aggressive. Well I am telling you right now if I dont get to knit at work I may stab one of these engineers with my metals, don't want blood on my bamboos. I promise to work real hard the other 45 minutes of each hour.

Your Employee

Here it is

At last, the first glove is finished! I'm pleased with how it's turned out even though I found parts of it difficult. The next one will be easier (I hope)

Sunday, June 24, 2007


Joanne happened across the blog and wants
to join the fun
so welcome
pop in tell us about yourself
sorry to be abscent
as of July 1, i will be based in Atlanta Ga
trying to throw away & pack stuff up
so i can move
taking the yarn & pattern with me
and needles
maybe by the time i get the gloves done
Nancy who is busier than i am
you wouldn't know it by HER blog
will have a hat pattern to knit
yeah, i WILL need gloves & hat & scarf
back to preparation to move
so ...
where is everyone's pic of their gloves

At last, 2 fingers!

Well, I am a slow knitter and this has taken me forever but I've finally finished the little finger I had so much trouble with. Encouraged, I managed to do another one too and it didn't seem half as difficult. I found the first one really fiddly to do but this one was easier because I was more confident and adjusted the shaping to suit my chubby fingers.

Now I'm gaining in confidence with the process I suspect that the second glove will be executed much neater than this one. It's been a very useful learning exercise for FairIsle technique, tension and making gloves.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

It is a class now

If I am reading my newsletter from The Studio right, the gloves are now a class you can take. So those of you have not posted your gloves please do so as we need to get them in the Hall of Fame. They will also be telling the class members about our kal. Also if you experienced any problems, worked out some issues, etc. please post them so the class can have the benefit of our testing the pattern so to speak. The class starts 9/16, so we still have three months to knit, frog, knit, frog, etc.etc.etc. Everyone's gloves are beautiful and I need to finish an exchange and start back on a pair for myself. Don't forget if you are having problems please post them so we can try and figure out what is going on.

Knit on.


Sunday, June 17, 2007

Frog Time!


Life throws me another curve ball every time I turn around these days. So yesterday I tried on my gloves on and they were tight. So I decided to check my gage today. Time to Frog! Gages is supposed to be 9 sts. per inch on 0's right? Well I am getting 11 sts. per inch on size ones. So I believe I will have to frog. I did remember that first time I did this kind of two color work my gage was tighter so I was working on 1's for this. I am thinking I should skip to size 3's to get close to 9 sts. per inch. Ugh. I will frog tomorrow, likely at ball practice. I was up to 21 sts of increse on he gusset when I stopped to check.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Am I the Only One?

The first time I did a fair isle pattern my stitches turned out tight or tighter than I could wear. I tried theses on twice today as I am making the thumb gusset. They seemed too tight. I did go up a size in needle remembering I thought I should next time when I tried it last time. Still They are very tight. I hope I do not have to frog. I wonder when I should decide. Does any one else find there gage tighter doing the two strands one in each hand?

I am sure I do.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A frog he would a-ripping go......

...."Hey Ho", said Susie!

This will be my 3rd attempt at getting the little finger right. The first time I didn't like the way pattern worked out, so I ripped it. This time I'm happy with the pattern but it's too tight around the base of my finger, uncomfortably so.

Anyway, I thought I'd at least take a photo to show my progress on the body. This time I'll get it just right! (fingers crossed).

Friday, June 8, 2007

New Glove

Here is a picture of my new glove with better colors

Starting Over

Being dissatified with my colour choices of my glove,I finally bought some new yarn and started over. I will try and post a photo later.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

The Cavs have won, and I am done!!

I managed to finish the gloves today. I could have done so last night, but I think I ripped out that left thumb three times during the fourth quarter of the Cavs/Pistons game. Couldn't concentrate. The thumb was finished up this afternoon, but not before I ran out of the yellow yarn! You can see a little tip of blue on the left thumb that represents those three rows.

The gloves are gorgeous, but it's now 75 degrees, so I guess they get stowed until this fall. That is, after everyone I know fondles them first!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Glove 2 finally underway!

Thanks to yucky weather this weekend, I got started on Glove 2. It's close to the thumb gusset increases--it may be done just in time for summer to officially arrive up here!

colors finally chosen

These gloves have been haunting me since JoAnn showed me hers. It is so hard to believe that "stash yarn" was not working..... I finally have the right yarn. Celestial Merino. I have brown and dark green for the "plain" areas and a variegated reddish to oppose it. With luck I will get something cast on for you all to see this week.
Knit on... Peg

I've finished!!

Well here they are. And I just have to say it, modesty aside, I love my gloves! The weather has turned to winter over night here so I'm going to wear them today. Mind you even if it was belting hot, I think I'd still want to wear them! On the ring finger of the left hand, I put the initials of my husband and children. I have loved knitting with this yarn (Posh Yarn's Emily) and am going off now to cast on for a pair of socks. But they won't be half as much fun as the gloves were.

I've finished!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Major Progress

My first glove is finished! What a fun knit! I am so pleased with the results. Glove number two is on the needles. More pics on my blog. ccknitter.blogspot.com

...and everybody wants some.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Second glove

Just to let you all know, the second glove is on the needles, but is growing very slowly. And I'm a slow knitter, so it's really slow. But hey, isn't it great? I love this pattern so much, will definitely be knitting more - Christmas present perhaps for my mum? Christmas 2008 at this rate!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

A little farther

I picked up my gloves last night while watching movies at home with the family and got as far as half way thought row 8 of the first chart. I am glad I use row counters! I am thinking I should mark stitch repeats except for the start of the second side on my 40" magic loop. Yet I do not wish to keep putting them on and taking them off so I have not done it yet. Another decision =-?

Thursday, May 17, 2007

welcome Ruth

Current STATS
48 members to the blog
5 pending members
12 asked to play then changed their minds
so, if you do the math
we have 48 members
1 waiting

Plugging along

Two rows short of the end of the thumb gusset increase.Would you believe that I only realized now that I knitted the left glove.Well,that's okay.I am still having doubts about my colours.I tell myself ,it is the yourney that counts.The knitting is really fun.Did anyone knit the fingers with size smaller needle? I knitted so far with size 1 but have only the 4" needles in a size 0 or 21/2mm.

Monday, May 14, 2007

updated Hall of Fame

so i updated the Hall of Fame
go to it
on the side
under archives
locate YOUR name
click on your name
IF the info needs updating
send me an email @ tryin_ta_knit@yahoo.com
gonna go hang with knitters
i will buy needles IF the black is here
not that i will start them
i SWORE i would finish the Scarf first
for ISE 4
almost done with all the dishcloths for
the various dishcloth swaps i am in
taking them tonite
i can knit them without distraction

Mother's Day

I hope all you mom's out there had a great day yesterday. I presented my mother with her gloves (will get a picture later, we forgot she was so excited). I found some very pretty elegant tissue paper and double wrapped them, with a ribbon etc, presentation is needed for these gloves. I had blocked them, used some of my bra soap to wash them in, they came out so soft and even were a little roomier, you were right Karen. She kept unwrapping and then when she saw them she looked at me and said these are mine? I told her I dont red you do, so I told her the story about how my yarn did not work, could not find anything for me so decided to make her a pair. She cried and tried them on, held them up in the restaurant for everyone to see. She was happy. Then when she drove home from my house, she put them on cos her steering wheel was hot. I am going to make myself a black/white pair to go with my black leather coat and I figure some other colors combos as well, I love the yellow/blue pair, matches my guest bathroom. I did find some long ceramic hand stands on ebay and used them to dry mom's gloves; they worked perfect.

It is so great to see everyone's gloves, the possibilities are endless on the color combos. I hope you all are having as much fun as I did. Cathy, hurry up and start.


Sunday, May 13, 2007

My started glove

Here is a picture of the glove I have started.

Halfway home!

The right glove is off the needles!

Just in time for the weather to be sunny and in the 70's. If I knew of that power, I would have started this project back in March!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Started my glove

My glove progressed until the gusset increase.Somehow I am not to happy with the colors I choose.They seemed the most suitable from what I had on hand.I might start all over again.Secondly, I
did not heed the needle recommendation because I knitted mittens before and they turned out to tight and I ended up using 21/2mm ones.Hope to have a picture posted in the near future.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Jo Ann's Glove

this is Jo Ann with her glove
after she joined
i found out she lives in INDY
i told her about the Indy group that meets on
thur @ Panera by 82nd & Allisonville
she beat me to the first gettogether
she recruited Peg to join us @ both places

Thursday, May 10, 2007


well ..
tonite i got to meet Jo Ann & Peg
it's thur nite knit@ Panera
on the North Side of Indy
Jo Ann had one glove done
hopin' she gets a chance to post
a pic & info
i got to pick it up and TOUCH IT
great job knitting it Jo Ann
Peg & I are waiting for our patterns
hopin' mine is @ PO Box tomoro
with some of the yarn
almost tomoro
headin' to bed
let's see some progress photos

the tam

talked to Nancy yesterday
she FINALLY came home
i am really glad she had a GREAT time
will let her tell you about it
when she gets a few extra hours
after playing catch up
she will work on converting the tam
by adding the Graphs from Karens's Gloves

on it's way

some of the yarn
and the pattern
are on the way
from KC Mo
now to finish a few things
will have to get the rest of the yarn
and probably needles
but i SHOULD be able to start
next week

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Hilla just joined
welcome her
she has her pattern

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


I seem to be stalled. Driving 4 hours a day is not helping. Since mom has been out of ICU I have not had time to like I did while she was in ICU. I hope this is not a trend with blog KAL's for me. When I do have a minute it is barely a minute so I think I will pull out my mindless project or just pray for a minute. I still do not have the first snowflake complete. yet it is started. Then I need to be home long enough to move the pictures off the computer so I have room for those I am taking and will take.

Check out my mom's page at if you want to know more. here


Hi all!

It's great to see everyone's progress. I'm knitting away on fingers. Not as daunting as I expected. Whew!

Anxious to start glove number TWO!

I still can't believe I'm doing fingers!!!!

Monday, May 7, 2007


i see some of the glove knitters
have decided to join ITE 4
if you don't know about it
International Tote Exchange IV has begun!

You’re invited to join International Tote Exchange IV. We hope you will decide to participate. So how does it work? You will make a tote/purse/handbag for your Secret Pal and a different Secret Pal will make a tote for you. The "totes" can be big or small, knit or crochet, felted or not - whatever you want to make. If you are interested please go to the blog http://internationaltotexchangeiv.blogspot.com/ and read the rules. If still interested, send an e-mail as described below. Hurry! Sign-ups close 05/15/2007.

The Sign-up Process:
Send an email to ToteExchangeHostesses gmail com Please include:
Your full name
Email address
Blog address (if applicable)
Blog Signature (e.g. Deb Brown is how my blog posts appear)
Street address
Phone number

This information will only be available to the Hostesses and your Secret Pal.

We will send you an invitation to join the blog.
Join the blog.
Complete the questionnaire and post your responses to the blog no later than 05/15/2007
Sit back and wait for partner assignment!


i just got an e-mail from Peg in Indy
she wants to join
someome that lives close to ME
so far 63 asked to join the KAL
47 have actually joined
8 - Blog is waiting for them to accept
8 have dropped off the Blog
as of a week or so ago( thinkin it's more like 2 weeks)
the Studio had sold 39 patterns
NOT counting MINE
still waiting on the yarn

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Now I'm officially on my way!

Glove #1 was frogged after about 5 inches were done. I kept looking at the colors I chose, and one thought kept coming to me:

These colors suck.

So, after another search through the stash, I came up with a new color combo, and I'm liking it a lot. Here's tonight's product:

Doesn't match any coat I own, but it's about the process, right???

Friday, May 4, 2007

A note about stitch increases

This is just for anyone like me who hasn't attempted gloves before 'cos I just did something very silly without thinking. I started working the increases for the thumb (M1) by using the 'increase in the front and back of a stitch' method without really thinking what I was doing. Of course I ended up with holes and had to redo a couple of rows. DOH!

So, just a reminder to use the 'loop' method (where you pick up the loop between the stitches and work into the back of it) so that the increases are seamless.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Fingers Anyone

OK, these fingers have been done for a few days but I hadn't the opportunity to take a pic. I have been dying to finish the first glove but wanted this documented.....

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

I'm Discouraged!

I am discouraged.. I started on the first snowflake, that looks like knit stitches. But prior to that after the cast on, mine looks like it is just strings going across. Everyone else's looks different. This is my first time knitting anything like this, gloves, using 2 colors... I have frogged once before and If that is what I need to do again... I will!

If anyone has any tips for me... Please let me know! (I'll put it away for now...)

Ta da! I've started

Well, I had the post marathon blues last week and didn't feel like doing anything........until Sunday, when I picked up my needles and yarn and here's the result. I've frogged twice because the size was way too small and have settled on 2.5mm needles which seem to be working out just right. I'm using a Lucy Neatby yarn (the multicoloured) and an Opal sock yarn as the contrast and I really like the colours.

This is my first ever attempt at either gloves or Fairisle, I don't quite know why but I always seem to have gone for complicated lacy patterns rather than colours. Also, I have never tried anything so small on double-pointed needles and I seem to be getting bigger and looser stitches at the joins. Any suggestions on how to avoid this please?

I am really enjoying the pattern and find it totally absorbing.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

welcome to

say hi to Andrea
when she gets a moment
hopefully she will introduce herself


i talked to Karen on Fri
only 39 patterns have been sold
i added a pic of your mom's gloves to the
Hall of Fame
feel free to add another
stating what YOU want it to say
i can then delete the one i put up
i only put them up
so that Kathy's gloves didn't feel lonely
have pix from everyone that posted pic here
i ordered the yarn
the card hasn't been tagged
must mean we are waiting on the louet
they mail
and i wait
it will undoubdtedly arrive while i am
between here & atlanta
that's ok
i HAVE to finish the scarf for ISE 4 first

Our next KAL

Check out these gloves, I think perhaps now we have mastered Karen's gloves we need to try these: http://www.almostrandom.com/needlesnhooks/2007/04/26/why-hillary-climbed-everest/. She obviously has way too much time on her hands. I am working on my second glove of my pair and will post mom's gloves in the hall of fame and post my information. Everyone's gloves are so beautiful, I cant wait to see all 61 pair.



i went to the Hall of Fame
i uploaded pix for some of you
completed gloves & otherwise
i added basic info such as

i added entries for

if you are happy with YOUR entry
do nothing
if you want me to Edit it
e-mail me @ tryin_ta_knit@yahoo.com
with the changes you want me to make

Kathy in Iowa's has posted hers

Sunday, April 29, 2007

One down, one to go...

I should have been ironing, washing up, gardening, baking, hoovering, you name it, I should no doubt have been doing it! But instead, I chose to knit! First glove is finished, and I love it! It fits perfectly (well it does now, I had to frog a finger and the thumb where I'd not read the pattern properly). Can't wait to cast on for number 2 now...

Friday, April 27, 2007

Update from the Coast

Hi all! I've been enjoying seeing everyone's progress. I love all the different color combinations, too.

Well, I've just started the first "pinkie." I love seeing the pattern emerge as I knit.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

So Fun

No pic just a comment, I love this pattern, I am still working it as written, sz 0's, little finger is almost done. Fits fine..I may add 4 sts to middle two fingers and haven't decided about pointer. I am having a ball, I finally got to use my little tiny Addi sz 0 dpns, they are only 4 inches long and perfect for the fingers. I miss the pointyness of my KPs but the fingers needed a shorter needle. I will post a pic when a few fingers are done.

proximity & cnnections

it all started because Abby was on a list i am on
guessing it's Bag-a-Holics
we were talking about doing a KAL
for the S'wanderful purse from Nicky Epstein

i got to overnite in KC Mo
Abby came & rescued me from the boredom
of a Hotel that doesn't offer internet

then i met Karen @ the Studio
she showed us the gloves
you know the rest

Becky joined - we were partners on a
dishcloth exchange

Terri joined - we were partners on a
sockyarn & pattern exchange

Ang joined - she sent me a RED purse for

Cathy is on a few of my lists and we e-mail frequently
back and forth

Nancy get's ME into trouble
she is a DEAR friend
so it's time i got HER into trouble

now i see that Jo Ann lives about 25 - 45 minutes away
from me to the North (depends on traffic)

Hall of Fame

i JUST created a Blog for you to post your pictures
of your completed gloves to
i sent out invitations to ALL of you
even those of you that are Not
posting to this blog
if you want to view the pix
they will be here
when you post the pic
please include your REAL first name
where you live
what yarns you used
color & brand
what size needles you used
how long it took to knit them
Karen can then go to this blog
right click on any picture she wants
and save it to her hardrive

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hang Loose

A thumb and a pinky are done! I can now do the Hawaiian "hang loose" hand sign or the Texas hook'em horns!!!
Jo Ann in Indy