I haven't posted the last couple Mondays. I didn't forget. I just didn't have anything to write about.
I'm working in scarf land, on scarves that I've written about before. We're at what is known in writing as the muddle in the middle, and there's really no story there.
Well, there's story, but it's of the things-are-going-along-nicely variety. There'll be nothing much to report until I have finished objects to show off. (Although, I could tell you all about how my yarn somehow got stuck in a zipper and I couldn't get it unstuck so I had to cut it. There. Just did.)
And so, I had nothing to write about for today until I was perusing other blogs. Lily Element showed off her latest pair of fingerless gloves. And they made me think of my gauntlets...
Yes, there's a story...
Several years ago, I saw these knit on a knitting TV show. (Well, not these, exactly. I hated the cable pattern used, so I substituted my own.) And I had to have a pair.
They're perfect for those mornings when it's cold enough that I sort of need a jacket, but the cold will burn off by mid morning. So, I'd put on the jacket to get into work, take off the jacket as soon as I get in the classroom, and have to carry the jacket back out to my car. It's silly to wear a jacket for maybe 15 minutes and then have to lug it around the rest of the day.
These gauntlets fit perfectly in my bag.
I liked them so much that I made a pair for every female on my Christmas list that year after I finished my own.
I've had mine ever since. They mostly live in my car. I've worn them a few times this winter. So, they're never far from my mind, mostly like ambient lighting or that side table that is just always there.
So, when I saw Lily Element's gloves, I had to share the pattern for these.
I did a cursory search right then, but to no avail. Then I searched the blog. Surely I had posted about these. (Nope. Turns out these predate the blog.)
Ah well. I knew I had a copy of the pattern somewhere. I'd be able to find the correct pattern name so I could search it that way. (I was pretty sure it was no longer on the website for the TV show it was on as that TV show has been off the air for a while.)
I pulled out my knitting notebooks. In the third one I located the pattern. And the date on the printout is 10/18/2005. So, um, yeah, it's been a while.
At least little ol' organized me had kept the pattern with my modifications and the cable pattern I'd substituted in. So I could totally make another pair today if I was so inclined. (There are a couple modifications I'd make today as there are some techniques I've learned since I made these that would make them all that much better.)
First I tried the URL on the printout. I was not at all surprised when it took me to a 404 error page.
The pattern name wasn't all that notable. I'd already used it when I did that cursory search for the pattern before. But my printout had the pattern designer's name. I typed that into Ravelry, and the pattern's page popped up.
Alas, it looks like the pattern is unavailable unless one wants to buy the book of all the patterns from the TV show. Sigh.
Ah well. At least it gave me something to post about today. This post prompted me to get pictures, and now I can add these to Ravelry. Perhaps it's time to go through the wayback files and find other knits that predate the blog.
Nah. I'm sure I can come up with something new. Although, maybe not next week.
And, in a momentary weakness, I went and signed up for the A to Z Challenge again. Not that you'll notice, likely. I'll do as I do every April since 2013 and keep on keeping on, just fitting my normal post to the letter of the day. Some letters are trickier than others. (But X falls on a Saturday, so that's just a picture of something X-related this year. What will I come up with? I have no idea.)