A Practical Pastime


A way back in October I told you about the new skill I had gleaned: Knitting in the round. You can read about it here. At the time, I didn’t tell you what I was making, because it was going to be a Christmas present for someone in my family.

Well, as luck would have it, I didn’t quite finish these aubergine fingerless gloves in time to package them up for December 25.

It’s so unfortunate. I’m so sorry, and I think about whomever they would have gone to every time I wear them, which I seem to do a lot. And I smile. I suppose it was just fate.

I’ve always loved fingerless gloves and the way they keep your hands warm but your fingers free. Working as a freelance photographer for a local paper for the last dozen years, they were definitely a staple of my winter wardrobe. This is the first pair I’ve made, though, and they don’t have the rather important removable hood that protects your fingers when they aren’t being busy.

But there’s myriad other reasons to wear them. Being an outdoor musician, for example (I, myself, am not actually talented enough to take my music beyond my living room). Most recently, I’ve found them useful when I want to use my iPhone outside, whether to make a call, take a photo or use one of the several other apps I’ve collected.

Right now it’s so cold that I’ve been wearing them over a pair of black leather and angora/wool gloves. They’re so cozy!

I’ve got just enough wool (an acrylic/wool mix) left to make a scarf or hat to go with them. But first, I’m thinking of starting another pair to actually give away for Christmas. If I start now, I’ll surely be finished in time…

– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier


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  1. Ha! This post made me laugh, L-A. Great job. Yes, it’s two-pair-glove weather here in AB, too. Minus 30 today. Eek. Keep warm, and keep creating!

    From your admirer just beyond the Rockies

  2. Well done, Lori-Anne! The knitting looks even and the gussets turned out well. What’s your next project?

    Your knitting buddy

  3. Love them! Where can I find the pattern?

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