I finished the red Podster Gloves I started last weekend on Friday. Gloves really are amazingly quick to knit!
I took the opportunity to tweak a few things I wasn’t so happy with in my stripy pair. I made the thumbs longer because the thumb flap on the stripy pair gapes a bit when the thumbs are closed, and knitted the ribbing for the mitten flap flat before picking up stitches for the other side; I sewed the sides of the ribbing down at the end so the flap comes a bit further down over my palm and because the ribbing folds over when the flaps are back they stay in place better. I also did plain stocking stitch for the fingers as I thought the ribbing looked a bit sloppy on the stripy pair.
This weekend was the annual gathering of the Yarn Yard Ravelry group in York. This year, rather than having a swap with named partners, anyone who wanted to join in was asked to bring a handmade gift and a label with their name on, and names were matched to parcels at random. Somehow this worked out perfectly; everyone I spoke to seemed to have ended up with a present that was absolutely perfect for them. I’d sewed a drawstring project bag, which I completely failed to take any pictures of before wrapping it up, and I was a little worried because the lining and drawstrings were very pink, but it ended up going to a person who really likes pink. And in return I found myself the delighted owner of the purple sparkly Glasgow School Mitts I’d been admiring on Roobeedoo‘s blog.
(The colour is better in the picture on her blog.)
The weekend also involved the traditional p/hop swap (where I got rid of a large bag of yarn I was never going to knit, and returned with two large pieces of fabric), cake, giant naans, and lots of laughter and chatting and knitting and catching up with old and new friends. Oh, and quite a lot of weather, too: after a fairly clear drive up on Friday, this was the view from our hotel room window yesterday morning:
And this was the view this morning, which was something of a relief given the prospect of the drive home: