An original design.
Now, please forgive me in advance for the crappy pictures. I promise, this hurts me more than it hurts you :P These had to be photographed in a hurry the night before they were given as a gift, so the lighting is less than ideal.
I knitted these up in an evening as a birthday present for my great aunt. She lives up here in Boston, and has a very sweet and very demanding corgi who needs to be walked even in the dead of winter. It gets quite chilly here, and even the most dauntless of damsels don’t go out in the winter without something on their hands to prevent frostbite.
So anyway, the night before her birthday came around, and I still didn’t have a present for her. (for those of you who don’t know me, this is extremely typical) So I decided that the best thing to do with extremely limited time would be to make her something. Good luck finding the logic there, but these beauties were born.
If you’re interested, the yarn is The Fibre Company “Terra” in colorway Hyacinth, and I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this yarn. It’s a single ply, which means that eventually it’ll pill, but look at the sheen! Look at the slightly uneven and utterly charming texture!
Look at the sweet fuzzy halo! (pretty sure that’s the alpaca making its presence known.) I really am in love with these, and I was within a hairsbreadth of just keeping them for myself, since my aunt would never have known. The alpaca/merino/silk soft coziness was almost more temptation than I could handle. This fibre combination also means that, even with the lacy holes in the pattern, these gloves are WARM. The pictures don’t even do it justice, but this yarn is delicious. I have a little bit left, and it’s sitting on my bedside table where I can admire it. It’s my little yarn pet.
I love the slight tweediness of the yarn, which is apparently due to the silk taking color differently from the baby alpaca and the merino. I saw a shawl knitted out of this at my LYS (now sadly closed, though not from lack of support by my poor depleted bank account), and it showed off the subtle color variations so beautifully that I was immediately fired to emulation. I just have to wait until I can afford a shawl’s worth of this yarn, and THEN I have to pick a color, which is going to be a really tough one. All their colors are so beautiful.
Here’s the two of them together once they were both finished (though sadly, not on my hands because I have not yet learned to take pictures with my mouth.)
I think the chevron lace is quite elegant, and simple enough that even beginner knitters needn’t be afraid of it. This may at some point show up in my ravelry pattern store, perhaps as a free download for the desperate last minute gifters. I know it would be a great option for Christmas, when you’re really coming down to the wire and need to LOOK like you’ve spent a lot of time on something without actually doing so. (I am totally on the naughty list.)