Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hunting Season

Its getting cooler here in Pennsylvania. Hunting season is upon us.
Every year at this time I somehow start to miss my Grandmother Becker more and more. She was a wonderful woman, and always was working on something, be it a knitted dishcloth, or a sewing project. Every year I received 2 night gowns (the boys got pj's)from her - one in spring out of cotton, and one in fall out of a flannel. While that may not sound like much- you have to understand, I was one of many Grandchildren they had, so it was a huge amount of sewing.
I can also remember the knitted socks she made for the guys in the family who hunted. They were grey with red cuff, heels, and toes. I can still see her sitting in her chair, knitting and watching Julia Child cook.
Last year Daddy asked me to make him a pair of Gauntlets, as the pair he had from his Mother was getting old and tattered. My Mom gave me the tattered pair and I got to hold a item that I am sure to Gram was just another small thing she made. It makes me feel as if she is still here to hold them.
I went to my LYS and found a ball of Kraemer Yarn, Summit Hill. Sitting at home I measured Grams gauge and then set about swatching to get it with this yarn I had chose. Dad was happy to have another pair. Somehow, though, they got misplaced when he was hunting.
My Mom, ever mindful of what Daddy needs - asked me to make another pair. Somehow - this month has gotten away from me and on Thurs I realized he might need them for bear season which starts on Monday! So Thurs night while I was at a fund raiser Bingo game, I cast on for the new pair. I worked on them most of that evening, and then finished the first on Friday morning and started the 2nd one. Last night I finished it up while at my regular Knit Night at the LYS.
Today I delivered them to my Dad before he left for Bear Camp. When I got home I added them to my Ravelry project list, and realized - I should share the project with others. Opal encouraged me to write it down.... so here it is-- I am going to post it here in case you are not in Ravelry yet. (if not why not?? before you cast on for this- go and sign up!!)
Grammy's Gauntlets
Yarn used: Kraemer Yarns Summit Hill Greenstone
Needles: Size 3 DPN's
gauge : 5 stitches to an inch over ribbing.
Size: Fits most
Cast on 48
Join in round being careful not to twist.
K2 P2 around for 11 inches.
Cast off loosely.

These have no thumb holes, and are just slipped on the wrist and over the fingers.



Opal said...

Beautiful story about your grandmother and what a handsome pair of gauntlets. Your father's hands will surely appreciate them, but if he loses this pair too, you have my permission to yell. ;-)

Marion said...

As always you do beautiful work and have a way with words! Hugs and God Bless you and your family! LOve Marion

Aim said...

oOOH those look warm!