Tuesday, November 17, 2009

7 Days of Twilight - Day 4: Alice's New Moon Gloves

Another hush-hush knitting project that I managed to keep on the DL!! I had knitted these bad boys up last month and haven't been able to stop wearing them since!! Which is perfect as the weather has definitely been cool enough to wear them. Not to mention they are absolutely perfect for when I am pushing a stroller around and need the use of my fingers!

The story behind these gloves: I was perusing the internet a couple of months ago, trying to find any and all photos New Moon related when a photo of Alice wearing all blue kept popping up. I had immediately noticed her fingerless gloves and thought what an amazing and simple accessory to jazz up any outfit!

Image via twilightguide

A closer look of the gloves:

Image via twilightstar

I had forgotten all about them when fellow blogger, Kat of Kat's Creations, made a blog post about the fingerless gloves that she had knitted up. I had checked out the link she had posted and lo and behold, they were the Alice gloves! I quickly added that to my queue of projects and had set out trying to find a yarn with the same colorway. Yeah, not an easy feat! I had searched every yarn store here in Victoria before resorting to looking online. I looked and looked and couldn't find what I was looking for. There were a lot of independent dyers that had made attempts at re-creating the colorway. Some were pretty close, others were not. Either way, I wasn't really happy with any of them. So back onto Ravelry I went. That's when I discovered Sunshine Yarns. It was there that I found the perfect yarn dyed to match the same gloves as Alice's (it's a bit lighter than the real deal, but I liked that). And even the name said it all - New Moon Alice! Perfecto! I quickly ordered a skein and (very impatiently) waited for it to arrive. When it did, I quickly casted on and voilà! 2 days later and I had my very own gloves just like Alice's in New Moon.

Since I'm officially a Magic Loop convert, I decided to ditch the DPNs and used Magic Loop again. I half-assed knitted up a gauge swatch, then a few rows into it decided that I was too impatient for all that jazz and had opted to just use a US7 needle since it was the most used size for the pattern. I did switch to a US6 for the ribbing on the hand and then switched again to a US5 for the last 2 rows because I wanted the opening to be more fitted and not become so stretched out after several wears. That worked out fine, but I think I should have BO a little more loosely cause they are a little more snug than I had wanted. I was a little nervous about the thumb, but just like the Bella mittens, I have no idea why I had so much anxiety over it. They were so easy and not at all complicated like I had originally thought.

The pattern was über easy, the project a super fast knit, and the gloves a perfect fit. I think I would have finished the gloves much faster if I hadn't used such crappy circular needles that had quite a crappy join. I was constantly fighting the yarn to move off the cable and onto the needle every single time. I was definitely wishing my entire needle collection was made up of Addis and Harmony Wood the whole time I was knitting these babies up.

As for the yarn, lets just say I am now a HUGE fan of Sunshine Yarns! The yarn (which is a merino worsted weight) was a pure dream to work with. Not only did it feel amazing as it slide through my fingers, but it was soooo incredibly soft when knitted up! There was some slight pooling in some areas with the light blue and the brown, but nothing major or annoying. So I was able to deal (and trust me, pooling is quite the big deal to me).

Anyhoo, for those of you who care to know, these are the details:
Pattern: New Moon-inspired Alice Cullen Fingerless Mittens by Nancy Fry
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Merino Worsted (this project used up a little over half a skein!)
Color: New Moon Alice

5 comments:

  1. Oh your Alice gloves look wicked! I want to make another pair. I think this time I will make them in grey. But I have to wait until winter comes around again.

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  2. Why wait until winter? If you make a pair now, then you'd be prepared...AND you can make it so quickly that you can add it to your list of 2009 crafts and can get 50 done! :)

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  3. have you thought about making another pair and selling them? if you do pleeeeease look me up

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  4. Thanks Malu!

    I don't think the pattern I used is for commercial use. And I've never thought about selling my knitted items...mainly because I'm too much of a perfectionist and don't think my knitting is sell-able. If that makes sense! But if I do plan on making another pair, I'll definitely let you know!

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  5. Melissa, any chance that you can send the pattern to me? Unfortunately the pattern on Ravelry is not available and I like this pattern versus others on Ravelry as the thumb isn't knitted up.

    Thanks!

    Wendy

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