Sunday, January 04, 2009

Little fingers

Fingerless gloves in pink for Katie, aged six. An acrylic/polyester mix called Stretch, and a pig to knit with.

Just what the Christmas holidays need to give a sense of purpose: focused knitting to clear requirements - pink, purple, green - without that doubt which surrounds knitting for actual gifts. As someone said, simultaneously too much and not enough.

In purple, for Holly, aged eight. This time a variegated wool yarn with more cling, so a more forgiving knit.

in dark green for William, aged five.

The delight with which these were greeted made the separate picking up and knitting of those forty little fingers and thumbs worthwhile - forty, as Amy already had hers.

On a different tack, I called at Indigo, in Penrith, on the way to our cottage. A moment of pure indulgence in treating myself to four balls of Noro Silk Garden to knit the inevitable ribbed scarf. Not sure that it really holds the attention to the extent that I would find it worthwhile knitting another, but I had to have it after seeing the photo of Franklin outside the Ritz wearing one.

New Year's resolution: At this point, after two weeks of rest and recuperation, making the effort to be more sociable seems like a realistic plan. After two weeks of school, doubtless previous reclusive habits will prove irresistible. The world is too much with us, late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers...

1 comment:

Jane and Paddy said...

I just love the fingerless gloves that actually do have part of the fingers. Paddy and I have very practical fingerless mittens with the top able to fold over your fingers. They are great for birdwatching trips. I'm about to put a few things on the blog after our hibernatory two weeks recovering from colds - again. Half the population up here seem to be off with colds, flu or novovirus. Stunning crisp cold days when the sun is out.
I remember in the 70s we wore these fingerless gloves - an classrooms seemed to be kept at a much lower temperature. I dread to think what our heating bill will be, and we have the thermostat at about 16, while people keep talking about 20 and 21!
I have made curtain linings for three windows which has made quite a difference.
Happy New Year to you. If you are up our way at Easter the Quaker Tapestry opens the week of Good Friday and will be open on the Saturday of Easter weekend - we have a new exhibit, a friendship quilt, going on display, and we'd love to see you.