Ah, happy new year to ya! I feel like I’ve fallen off the blogwagon, but I’m determined to clamber back on. The holidays really sponged up, didn’t they? We had a low-voltage family staycation, and I watched so many movies that I have completely lost touch with reality.* Having digested such a buffet of windswept moors, Victorian frolics in Florence, and Gwyneth Paltrowey fake accents, I quite fancy myself a Brit of some sort.
SPEAKING of Brits, I have to show you a headbustingly fantastic present that came over from London during the holidays. It was from Belinda, beloved Belinda, brilliant Belinda. I had to make a movie of it:
These are Striped Gloves from Knitting and Tea by Jane and Patrick Gottelier. A while back, Belinda and I were in Purl Soho, loitering, and she said she wanted to make some gloves for me. Wow, I thought, as we gazed upon the wall of alpaca and silk. Wouldn’t a pair of gloves be deluxe? Belinda’s so SWEET, as we say in the South.
What I didn’t realize then was that she was going to be making the craziest glove pattern ever. They look like pretty little stripes, right? VERTICAL stripes. Not HORIZONTAL stripes. She musta worked them side to side, I figured. I mean: nobody would ever work vertical stripes any other way, right?
Well, I studied them and decided she had worked them from the cuff. But it seemed impossible that she would actually do the thing that appeared to have been done. No way! She wouldn’t!
As I was poking around Ravelry, I found photographic evidence of what these gloves look like when they’re on the needle.
PLEASE: THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.
The doors will be locked during the terrifying bobbin scene.
One intrepid knitter, Ravname lunavalse, posted these lurid photos of her Striped Gloves in process.
Intarsia. Belinda was working 16 strands of yarn on these gloves. I don’t know whether to wear them or to send them to the Victoria and Albert Museum.
*If you want to make yourself kind of crazy, watch all these movies in a two-week period. I can’t guarantee you’ll survive it:
The 2009 BBC Wuthering Heights (Tom Hardy!)
The International (Clive Owen!)
Closer (again with the Clive Owen!)
Twilight OMG OMG OMGGGGGG (Robert Pattinson!)
It’s Complicated (Alec Baldwin!)
Up in the Air (Clooney!)
A Room with a View (Julian Sands!)
Shakespeare in Love (that guy in the background in the scene where they’re in Queen Elizabeth’s throne room!)
The King of Kong (the underdog video game genius!)
Becoming Queen (Freddie Mercury’s catsuit!)
Helvetica (Max Meidinger!)
The 1975 documentary Grey Gardens (the Edies!).