Ellie has been begging for gauntlets forever. Knitted ones. Purple.
She has a definite vision, this child, in all things. The gauntlets are supposed to be elbow length and full of frou-frou details like eyelets with hand-dyed silk ribbon drawn through them.
After worrying that I wasn't up to the challenge, both pattern writing and detail-wise, I finally decided to start in last night. I've been collecting yarn for just this purpose for some time now.
The yarn is Plymouth's Royal Llama, a yarn spun from 60% fine llama and 40% silk. I have a pale lilac Malabrigo Silk/Merino blend to use for most of the arm and am still toying with the idea of dyeing a varigated yarn to use along with it.
I cast on on the "hand end," using a simple 2×2 rib to insure it is stretchy enough to stay tight on her little hands. The thumb-hole is a 3 stitch cast off, which is cast on again in the following row. It's a tiny bit tight on me, so I think it should be just right on her. I'm looking forward to creating these as I knit, since I'm generally fairly rigid about working off of a pattern.