Sunday, October 30, 2011

Piano Fingerless Gloves
Fingerless gloves may be in fashion today, but they are actually from the Victorian era. At those times, young ladies were expected to learn to play music and sing, as well as needlecrafts such as knitting, embroidery, and sewing. To keep her hands warm but still free to play the piano, fingerless gloves were not only fashionable, but functional.  
A few years ago, these gloves came back into fashion as computer gloves.  In order to stave off the chills of low thermostats in the winter or air conditioning in the summer, these gloves made working on computer keyboards a must. 
Today, they are also called texting gloves, allowing thumbs to racing across cell phones keypads while keeping hands warm.  No matter what you use them for, they are a delightful accessory to any wardrobe.

Yarn: Vanna’s Glamour Baby Yarn, 1.75 oz./50 g (202 yd/185 m) 96% Acrylic, 4% Metallic Polyester
1 Skein in Onyx and Diamond
(Black and white sock yarn works well too)
Needles: Size 3 (3.25 mm)
Gauge: 30 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Getting Ready for the Holidays

I think I get ready for the holidays all year! The holiday store opens next week at Southwest Plaza (Denver, CO) and my hat stand is already set up. The store is named American Dreamers - Holiday Artisans. It includes merchandise from over 100 artisans from Colorado. Ken built me a hat rack a couple a years ago and it displays my hats impressively.  The store opens on November 1, with the grand opening November 5.

The good part is that this year, the store is close to home. In the past, it has been in Castle Rock or Cherry Creek, so it is a drive to get back and forward. I can now go by and check on it more often.

Back to the needles

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Why Don't Cats Like Hats?

I don't understand my Neko. I made him this cute little jester hat and he doesn't seem to like it. It's a fun design, pretty colors (who could go wrong with pink and purple?), the fit is great, it is perfect for Halloween, and it keeps his ears warm. I guess he just doesn't have a sense of humor.

Back to the needles.

Gotta Love Colorado!

It was 80 degrees yesterday. It is 60 degrees today. By tomorrow we are supposed to have 8 inches of snow. I love Colorado. I am getting all my errands done today so I can just knit hats tomorrow watching the hills and trees become white. I can't imagine the snow will stick because it has been so warm, but I don't plan on going anywhere anyway.

Back to the needles.