I’d spent a whole day at Ally Pally, enjoyed myself, bought some pretty things but hadn’t seen that one “to die for” project to make my heart race. In fact, I think I’d gone Wool-blind from seeing too much lovely yarn! Then I spotted a Japanese lady sitting at her stall doing the most incredible Fair Isle while chatting to customers. I would have had to insist that the whole of Ally Pally was silent to knit what she was doing while barely looking!
Then I saw them – Sanquhar Gloves! I had to buy the kit to make them. You know how I love a challenge…
I think I got a real bargain – 4 different glove patterns and 4 balls of yarn for £15! 😀
No idea what a Sanquhar Glove is? A piccy of some completed ones that live in the Future Museum …
Aren’t they intricate?
A quick bit of history now.
Sanquhar is a small town in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. There was a thriving glove knitting industry there in the 1800’s. There are several designs, all are done with the two handed Fair Isle technique and traditionally have the wearer’s initials worked into the cuff. The patterns and construction of the gloves cannot be altered so size is determined by changing the needle size. Read more about the history here and more pictures of old gloves here.
The yarn is Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Lace Yarn – Eeekk it’s fine 😯
The Gloves are usually black and white but I chose 2 shades of pink so they’ll match my Daisy scarf. You can see the pattern in that piccy too. I have chosen to do the “Duke design”. It’s the most popular and I thought it would be the easiest to memorise (I’m making my life hard enough already!!)
The pattern is written and distributed by the Scottish Women’s Rural Institute and can be purchased here for the princely sum of 60p!
Guess what size needles these are done on….2.5mm like socks maybe?
HA! 😮 I wish!
To make a pair to fit “a lady’s hand” I am using 1.5mm needles (that’s an old UK No.16 or a USA 000). That’s tiny!
I managed to find “The Susan Bates Sock Set” of tiny DPNs on the Knitting & Crotchet Guild’s website. It’s 4 sets of DPNS in tiny sizes – 1.5mm,1.75mm, 2.25mm and 2.25mm. I’d never seen any DPNs that small before!
Want to see my progress?
Here I’ve just got past the cuff and the thumb gusset
For some reason, Ben found the phrase “Thumb Gusset” hysterical and spent a day giggling and muttering “thumb gusset” to himself – Little things….. 😉 I’m a little worried at the reaction I’ll get when I break the news to him that the base of each finger has a triangular “Finger Gusset” – he may explode…
The main part of the glove has gone much quicker than I thought it would. I think it’s because of that “I’ll just finish the next pattern repeat” thing that happens when we knitters do patterns, stripes or cables – I’m sure you know exactly what I mean.
Here’s where I am today…
You can see my initials on the cuff – I should have spent more time on the lettering – It should say “S . J . C .” but it looks rather like “SIC”!
Looking at the 18cm long DPNs and stitchholders on the fingers reminds me of childhood….
Anyone else have Kerplunk?