Hi there! So it turns out going back to work full time after 6 years as a stay-at-home parent is hard. I've barely had the mental energy to knit anything beyond garter stitch, which is why I am so glad I finished these a while back. I think they'd just break me now. Small mercies, right?
Over on the podcast, we recently wrapped up the Artalong; a recurring craft-along in which we use famous art pieces as inspiration for textile projects. My project for the CAL was a pair of Meisi gloves by Julia Mueller, inspired by Reims Cathedral.
This pattern, you guys. Oh man. The gloves are knit in fingering weight yarn, with a twisted stitch pattern on the hand and up two fingers. They are complicated, and fiddly, and 100% worth all that effort. My only modification was to knit the turned hem on the cuff plain, rather than adding bobbles as written. With a glove as fancy as this, bobbles really seemed like gilding the lily.
I used Wollmeise Pure in Wasabi, on 2.25mm (US 1) needles. I knit the small size (stumpy little hands over here), which came out a little tight on my right hand but perfectly on my left. The right glove was knit during the ever stressful pre-Christmas season, which may have contributed to a tighter gauge. What can I say? I knit my feelings.
The yarn was a tad splitty for this needle/stitch pattern combination, but the stitch definition is spectacular. I don't know if I'd use it again for a project like this, but I'm beginning to feel the urge to make a Wollmeise sweater. The colours alone are worth the slightly lower elasticity and occasional split ply.
I'd love to have been able to photograph these for you in a more bilaterally symmetrical fashion, but until they invent a self-aiming and adjusting camera, we'll have to deal with one hand shots. The gloves look great on together, and I'm so glad I made them. With my extra yarn (well over 300 yards extra, Wollmeise skeins are rather large) I've moved on to working on a Sockhead Slouch Hat. I hope the colour will add visibility when I'm walking the dog after dark, and after all those little twisted stitches, I'm looking forward to some mind numbing stockinette.