Simon informed me, on Christmas eve no less, that he wanted a pair of fingerless gloves. Imagine my rage, this would have been a perfect present but he had left it until the last minute, annoying! ‘I can buy some’ he said, ‘no one’s buying gloves in this house!’ I replied and so I cast them on that day.
I used a WW2 pattern that was recommended for women to knit to send out to our boys on the front line, it’s called ‘trigger’, how cool is that!? They knitted up was quickly and easily although the instructions were a little unclear in places and I don’t think I got the thumb position quite right on the left hand glove. I modified the pattern slightly to make the ribbing on the cuff and fingers shorter, a ‘plain’ colour was specified so I used the navy Rowan pure wool 4ply I bought to make myself a sweater (now abandoned as it’s not soft enough nor does it knit as 4ply!) I finished them on 29th so only six days (and bear in mind they include Christmas day, boxing day etc).
Anyway they are exactly what Simon wanted so his hands don’t get cold when he goes out for a cigarette or wants to use his iPhone outside in the winter. Unfortunately his boss thinks he looks like a big issue seller, *sigh*