Here they are, the last of the Gloves-for-All-My-Coats Project, the Entangled Gloves:
Ringwood and Herringbone didn't even come close. Just look at all that crazy cabling! Julia Mueller must be some kind of genius to write a pattern like that!
From start to finish, these bad boys took me about a month, which, for me, is a really long time. Granted, I had a bunch of other projects going, but this was still a very labor intensive project. I draw your attention once more to the crazy cabling.
I only made one change to the pattern. With a gorgeous pattern like this one, there really wasn't a lot too change. How can you improve upon perfection? Well, my change was more of a rebellion than a modification. In the introduction, Julia extols on the merits of knitting with magic loop and how these gloves would be sooo much easier if you knit them her way. To me it seemed like she was trying to convert me to the cult of the "magic" loop.
I refused. She might know how to design cables, but she can't tell me how to knit. I didn't need her circular needle sorcery! I took it as a challenge and knit the whole project on dpn's just to prove that I could. So there.
Okay, so maybe I'm just too lazy to learn how to magic loop, but dang it, I am a whiz on the dpn's! At least I was when I remembered how to cable without a cable needle--easy and not nearly as scary as you might think it is.
Anyway, the end result of my rebellion is lovely:
You may recognize the yarn, too. I used the leftover Knit Picks Gloss in Dolphin from the Pas de Valse cardigan. I looove that cardigan. I wear it whenever I need a little pick-me-up. Not only is it a gorgeous sweater, but the vain side of me still loves revealing my handiwork:
"Oh hey, Allie, I love your sweater!"
"Thanks! I made it myself." *Gloating Smirk*
Call me proud, call me vain, my little ego never tires of it. I anticipate wearing these gloves a lot, too, not only because they're warm and soft, but because I can then waggle them under the noses of friends, family, bank tellers, grocery store clerks... If that makes me a bad person, then so be it.
Next Time: a sneak peak at my blanket-in-progress for Vicki's little girl on the way.