Pam’s Gloves

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The gloves for which “Pam’s Gloves” are named were originally bought in Doolin, Ireland at O’Brien’s Craft’s, because Pam’s hands were terribly cold when she, Kevin and Joseph took a trip to Ireland many years ago, long before my stroke.

She wore them a lot, and they eventually wore out. I took them and made a pattern from them to knit her another pair (the original pair were of dark brown wool, and I think that my copy also was dark brown wool). Unfortunately they came out too small and Pam never wore them much. I was thinking Pam needed another pair, in a slightly bigger size, so I started these green ones in Donegal Tweed, because Pam had visited the mill that produced that in Ireland. But then I had my stroke, and it languished unknit for 11 years. 

Recently I found one finished glove and just the cuff of the other one when I was cleaning out my stash. I decided that since this year was going to be about getting rid of my stash, I needed to finish it.

I knew that I had written down my pattern notes many years ago, before my stroke, BUT that was on an Apple Mac (I think it was my tangerine iMac, that tells you how long ago it was) and I used Appleworks, which wouldn’t open now except in some weird text in GoodReader and the chart which the whole pattern depended on wouldn’t open at all. Sigh. So I had to make the chart from the existing glove.

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I ended up using Stitchfiddle.com to make the chart, and the glove came out relatively well, and almost the same size as the one I knit before my stroke. I gave the gloves to Pam for Christmas and she loves them. She says they fit just like the originals gloves did. 
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I did write the pattern for the gloves and was going to make it available here on Demonic Progress, but I found the website for O’Brien’s Crafts. They are still there and still selling children’s mittens that use that pattern. I think that they also have adult size mittens and gloves, but there is only so much that you can put on a website! So, if you want a pair of these gloves, I encourage you to take a look at their website and contact them to see if they have gloves and if they ship to the USA. We should all support craftsmen and small businesses.

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2021 Advent Calendar Eve

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Image by matsi1612 from Pixabay

It’s Advent Calendar Eve!

On my blog, each day until Christmas, I'll feature a free pattern from somewhere around the internet, that I've chosen just for you (well, for everyone that reads my blog)! This year the patterns are interesting; some are little gifts that can be made in a few days, others while require a bit of thought and/or patience. A couple may be good for next year, but you should start them now! 

I hope you enjoy the Advent Calendar. This year we all want and need time with family and friends! Merry Christmas!


Finished Objects!

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us! Here are a few things I have gotten done in the last few weeks.

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I finished the long yellow scarf shortly after my last blog post:

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I love it. It’s about 90” long. The long pink scarf was knit for me by my niece years ago and is much longer! I love it too. 

I finished the 24 Christmas balls also:

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That was a fun project.

 I finished the blue gradient shawl:

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It blocked out really well, opening up the lace, and it feels light yet warm. 

I also knit another long striped scarf in an effort to use up scraps of fingering weight yarn:

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This was a surprisingly quick knit even though it was fingering weight. I just cast on 450 stitches on a US size 4/3.50mm needle and knit every row until the scarf was wide  enough. I left a foot long tail at the beginning and end of every row and tied the tails together to make fringe, trimming it to about 6” when it was finished. It ended up being 75 inches long. 

Now I am making hats in an effort to use up the mountains of scraps and unused skeins in the chest downstairs. Why does the more things I knit out of my scraps seem to create less space instead of more space in that bloody chest?? I hope when Christmas is over and I have given away all the things I’ve made I’ll see a result!

Have a great Thanksgiving and keep knitting.


The Holidays Are Upon Us

Happy Halloween! Which is followed rapidly by Thanksgiving and Christmas before the long dark days of winter. Winter is a restful time after the holidays.

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I started knitting Christmas balls from Arne & Carlos back in the first week of October, because I wanted to have 24 Christmas balls knit by December 1 to decorate my house with. I am exactly halfway through them today:
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I have been working on my long yellow scarf and I just started on the fifth ball of yarn. I think five balls will be sufficient for my scarf; maybe I can use the sixth ball to make a ribbed hat.

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I also started another project in an effort to use up some of my yarn. 
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That’s a gradient lace weight ball of wool from Freia Fibers that I got three years ago or so. They were having a sale on their one of a kind balls of yarn, colors that they tried and which didn’t make the grade. They were all really pretty as far as I was concerned, but you never know why they didn’t choose to make them. Anyway, I chose this blue gradient, and three years later, I’ve finally got around to using it.

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This is a little more than halfway through the skein of yarn. The pattern is the Viveza Shawl by Faith Schmidt, a simple shawl that expands through half the yarn and then decreases for the second half. It’s got a narrow band of lace at the edge, with straight garter stitch that gets wider and then smaller as you go. It’s pretty easy, it’s reversible, and looks like it will be fun to wear. I think it will be quite a bit longer after blocking, and I hope it will be softer too.

I hope your holidays will be fun! 


Falling into Autumn

The leaves are getting more colorful with every passing day here in mid coast Maine.

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About three years ago, I saw a illustration of a beautiful young woman with autumn colored leaves in her auburn hair, done up in a messy updo, intense green eyes, and with the most beautiful, long, ribbed, soft-looking scarf wrapped around and around her neck. I immediately wanted to knit that scarf.
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The artist behind my obsession is Morgan Davidson, and you can see her art at Morgan Davidson Illustrations on Tumbler.com. She has lots of gorgeous work there. Go check her out! 

Well. My scarf. I immediately got six skeins of Swans Island All American Collection in a sport weight in the color Honey, and put it in a bin. I was busy just then, I had Christmas knitting to get done, and one thing led to another, yadda yadda yadda, and before I knew it, three years had whizzed by.

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I still really wanted that scarf. So, I wound my balls of yellow yarn up while watching TV, cast on 70 stitches on size 4 needles, and proceeded to knit two, purl two forever. It’s wonderful TV knitting and it makes my heart glad every time I look at it.

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I’ve got one and a half balls used so far, and I am hoping to make it 84” long or so. I did mention I wanted a looooooooong scarf. 

Have you ever knit anything to hold an image, book, place or experience in your heart forever? If you have, I hope it has made you as happy as my scarf is making me. Happy Fall!