In May 2020, as the Covid-19 Lockdown matured into its third month, the Online Guild embarked on a Knitted Glove Workshop, led by Angharad Thomas. There was a great deal of interest in this with members looking forward to learning the skills needed to knit a pair of fingered gloves. As Mary from Horsham wrote, “I’d like to join in so that my Christmas glove presents are more wearable.” With a very structured workshop, Angharad led those taking part through the intricacies of designing and knitting gloves with some amazing results.
Anna Morgan, in the Swansea Valley, used hand spun alpaca for her gloves and was able to create a very special design, (photo on the right), “I now finally have a pair of perfectly fitting gloves for the first time in 15 years since an accident left me minus half a finger”.
From her home in Lewes, Gaynor Lamb used some yellow yarn she had hand dyed using buddleia flowers, along with some blue yarn for her bright and cheerful gloves. She said, “I love these challenges and they have really kept me going whilst I have been 'shielding'. “
Several of those taking part designed and knitted into their gloves their initials and the year, but Katherine, in Kentucky, “decided to make them a souvenir of this period of pandemic” by adding ‘COVID 2020’.
Based near Bristol, Deborah White finished her lovely pair of gloves, knitted in lambswool in the oil, a little while after the workshop ended but was delighted with the results – “after all the hard work, they will definitely be ‘for best’, not walking the dog!!”
Cheryl’s wonderfully colourful gloves were knitted from her hand dyed, hand spun yarn stash and will probably be needed on winter walks near her home in the Yorkshire Dales.
Gudny, following the workshop from her home in Norway, chose a herringbone pattern for her knitted gloves. She admitted that she did “a lot of unravelling if I am not pleased - the punishment for not being eager on sampling”, but it paid off with a lovely patterned glove.