Did you hear someone singing "Hallelujah" somewhere in the distance this past weekend? Yeah, that was me. Because HOLY CRAP I finally completed a knitting project that was on the needles for over a year!
Do you remember this work-in-progress post? Back in January 2011 (you read that right), I began knitting fingerless gloves from a pattern found in the Craft Hope book (and downloadable free here), using some gorgeous avocado green wool yarn that my friend Blair brought me back from Austria. I thought this would be an easy and portable project, a perfect fit for my busy life with 2 little ones. Surely the gloves would be done promptly, in time to use them with what remained of LAST winter...
They lingered on the needles for months and months and MONTHS. Every time we were in the car for longer than an hour, I took this project along. Whenever I had time in front of the TV and was not working on embroidery or some custom project for a client, I took this knitting out. I finished the first glove some time last year, probably about 6 months ago, and bravely cast on the stitches for the second one. And kept on trucking. Because I was stubbornly refusing to have yet another WIP taking up space in the "slow death" section of my craft piles.
I think the reason it took me so long to get this done is that I really despise working with double-sided needles, I discovered. There's always one needle sliding out and losing all the stitches, the other needles constantly get in the way of the two I'm knitting with, plus with a 2-stitch rib, I got so frustrated with moving the yarn over, under, over, under... UGH. There are so many holes and twisted stitches throughout the gloves, it's really hideous, don't look too close.
Are there tricks to knitting with double-sided needles that I just don't know? I'd love to be enlightened. Don't take my ranting and venting to mean there's anything wrong with the pattern -- on the opposite, it's as lovely and clear as can be.
But, enough complaining. They are DONE! I finally finished the second glove while we were visiting my in-laws this past weekend.
I was jubilant upon tying off that last bit of yarn and couldn't help expressing this joy -- perhaps a bit too enthusiastically to be reasonable. Which unleashed an avalanche of jokes from everyone, especially my husband. For example, "Oh I want to make some homeless person gloves too, I'll go run and get a pair of socks and some scissors." (This is the same guy who spends his free time growing organic vegetables for the local food banks, so please don't judge his politically incorrect cracks too much... and his lack of style! Fingerless gloves are cool!)
Anyway, he can joke all he wants. I don't care. I have these green lovelies on right now (because it's SNOWING outside, what the heck March?) and I can type! With toasty hands! Yippee!!!!! And now I can move on to knitting something fun. (Hopefully.)
Tell me, have you gotten stuck on a seemingly easy knitting project before? Are you like me, determined to finish what you start before moving on to something else even if it gives you a migraine, or do you have a basket full of WIPs? How the heck do you knit with double-sided needles? Let's chat in the comments!