Saturday, August 04, 2007

gauntlet girl

Leah's knitting of late is all gauntlets, all the time.

After making her first pair, she understands the basics of fingerless glove design, so now she's making up her own patterns and choosing stitch patterns as she goes along. She's trying a variety of styles, varying the length, thumb construction (with gusset or without), ribbing, etc.

These are great little projects, giving her the opportunity to try new things without it being too much of an undertaking. She's especially enjoying cables, which is why she chose the Stitchionary, Volume 2, as a design reference source, and why she bought two skeins of everything in her basket at Webs last weekend.

In general, her mind is filled with thoughts of the winter to come, but on this hot, humid day, we're stepping back in time to the 1840s and a Rebels to Redcoats weekend at Old Sturbridge Village. If you're going too, you'll recognize Leah as the girl in a calico dress and bonnet, knitting gauntlets as she enjoys the military history and re-enactment activities in one of our favorite places in the world. Jesse will likely be hanging with the blacksmiths or helping the re-enactors, just like last year.
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