The knitting bug has got me bad. I’ve actually been knitting more than I have been sewing lately, so I’m a couple finished projects behind on sharing them. One project I finished recently is a pair of yellow fingerless gloves that I knit for my co-worker Lester. Lester and I worked together in the rental department of Glazer’s the first time I worked there, so we go way back. He is an amazing cook and baker and brought me cookies on my first day back to work. Technically, this was a trade for a pot of his signature chili and a batch of yummy molasses cookies, but he’s constantly sharing some delicious creation he brought to work, like whiskey caramels, banana bread and more cookies.

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Lester had a beat up old pair of Nikon gloves in their signature yellow and wanted a new pair of gloves to replace them. He’s a big cycler too, so he wanted something to wear on his bike rides to work. I’d never knit anything with fingers, but I’m pretty comfortable with DPNs now, so figured I was up for it.

Lester and I looked at Ravelry together and picked out the Chilly Podsters pattern. Just to be clear, I am capable of being an unselfish knitter, but what I didn’t realize how much time I would be committing to knitting these. In a totally rookie move, I neglected to make the connection that knitting on size 3 needles would mean that these would take quite a bit longer to knit than my one cable mitts (which were knit on size 9 needles). Lesson learned.

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I cast on in January and it took me several hours just to get the ribbed cuff knit. At that point I wanted to give up, find a new pattern and start over. At this rate, Lester wasn’t going to have these until Spring.

Knit this tightly though, they were going to be some badass, heavy-duty gloves. I talked it over with Lester and he said he was willing to wait so I carried on. We compromised  and decided to leave off the convertible mitten part and just make them fingerless gloves. That way, I would be able to finish knitting these in this decade.

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Luckily, I had plans to go to a knitting retreat in early March, with the lovely ladies from Seattle Yarn. After a marathon weekend of knitting and watching Downton Abbey, I was able to get these finished. While these kind of sucked to knit (I’ll be honest), I’m glad I soldiered on because these are some badass, heavy-duty gloves. Lester seems happy with them, so now I can get back to selfish knitting!

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