The Problem with Unfinished Objects

Two falls ago, I made a pair of fingerless gloves. Well, that’s not true. I started a pair of fingerless gloves.

I began at the fingers and bound off at the cuff. But when I was more than halfway through the mate, I decided the bind off wasn’t stretchy enough, so I frogged the mate and frogged most of the cuff of the first glove.

Then last fall, when I was halfway through the mate for the second time, a friend asked me how to close the holes at the bases of fingers. I’d put the gloves down so long ago that, in the interim, I learned how to make no-hole gloves, but I didn’t remember how exactly I’d done it, and I noticed my fingerless gloves would benefit from the new technique, so I frogged both again to start over—again.

Now the gloves are done. The first one is bound off loosely and so is the second. But the second isn’t bound off completely. I’ve got a circular needle in the lone loop that is left after a bind off.

The needle has been there since Christmas or maybe January. My plan was to write out the no-hole instructions and send them together with the gloves to my friend, who has moved to a place with snow. But I haven’t. I keep thinking my instructions aren’t as clear as they should be, keep thinking the gloves can be a little better, keep thinking I don’t have a box the right size or tissue paper to wrap them in. I keep waiting for the quality I know I’m capable of, for the perfect gifts to cheer a friend, but what I’m really doing is putting off the moment my friend can warm her hands.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kylee
    Jun 16, 2013 @ 21:53:27

    When I used to make programmes for Radio New Zealand, I once heard someone say that you never finish a documentary, you abandon it. I think the saying holds true here.


  2. Becky
    Oct 26, 2013 @ 21:46:13

    I found this blog via Ravelry, while looking for help for a blind young woman I know who wants to learn to knit. You have a lot of wonderful information here, and I’ve forwarded your blog address to my friend. Thank you!


  3. Kristy Bryson
    Jun 20, 2014 @ 23:10:00

    Ana I do the same with gifts all the time. I worry so much about all kinds of silly things, from how I’ve packaged it to whether the person will appreciate it, even if I know for a fact it will be appreciated. Sometimes I break down and approach the person and just lay the whole story out to them. Then they can say to me, “Just give the dang gift to me!” And I’m suddenly free to do just that. Sometimes it works anyway.


  4. Kristy Bryson
    Jun 20, 2014 @ 23:19:44

    Hi Ana, you can just delete “Crystal” from my previous comment! I’ve just discovered this site and it took me a moment to realize there were two of you posting. I am friends with Crystal and found this link via her Ravelry account. Thanks! And send that gift!


  5. Allison Manzino
    Feb 21, 2015 @ 03:07:53

    Hi Crystal,

    Thank you for taking the time to explain how to chain stitch in such detail. I know how to hold the hook, and I’m practicing pulling the loop through the hook. Your description was very helpful.



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