Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Unfortunately, we're still wearing gloves in this part of the globe. The Canadian Coast Guard sent a couple of ice-breakers through earlier in the week, so at least we now have some open water on the lake, and this afternoon I noticed two teeny, tiny crocuses in our front garden. Thousands of geese flew over a few days ago. Progress, I guess, and a cause for some celebration.
With Easter in the offing, and the return of the Outlander TV series this weekend, I've decided to make my Outlander-inspired "Inverness Gloves" free from now through Easter Monday.

These are not a copy of anything worn on the show, nor are they an attempt at historical reproduction. They do, however, incorporate elements that link them to Diana Gabaldon's book. The stitch pattern originates in Inverness, as does the plot of the book, the palm grows by means of a "lifeline" gusset (think of Claire's chat with Mrs. Baird over tea), and the flared cuff is reminiscent of an ancient glove found in a Scottish bog.
Gloves can be the perfect portable project in warm weather. So, download the pattern now, and try to complete them before the series ends in a few weeks, or pull them out later when the days are too hot to contemplate working on something larger and heavier. Enjoy.
An addendum
Harriet in Osprey continues to grow. The colour is a rich olive green, called "Marsh" by Q and Co. As usual, my camera and computer screen are conspiring to make it look grey.

And I'm two-timing. Since Harriet is getting unwieldy for travel knitting, I've started a Baktus with some Regia sock yarn,

because, really, can you ever have enough Baktus scarves?