Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My Crazy Hands

I have weird-looking hands.  See?

My pinky and ring fingers are disproportionately short for my hand.  Not only that but the proximal phalanges (the bones that make up the palm of the hand) are significantly truncated so that it almost looks as though my pinkies are trying to become vestigial.  Freaky, huh?  I once asked an embryologist about my hands and she said something must have gone wrong in the formation of my limb buds.  Freakier and freakier.

In spite of their aesthetic challenges, my hands are still surprisingly functional.  They can type, knit, crochet, play videogames, all the good stuff.  They can tie really strong surgical knots which is downright useful.  I even considered becoming a hand surgeon for about two weeks in a former life.  The only thing my hands have not been able to do is play musical instruments but that has more to do with a profound lack of any natural talent in that arena.

Another major drawback: gloves don't fit.  Until now.

Pattern: Knotty Gloves by Julia Mueller
Available as a free download on Ravelry.  Thanks, Julia!

Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sock (100% merino) 2/3 skein (approx 300 yards)
Colorway: Lichen

Needle: US 1


1) Left off the tips so I could type in them.  Did a half inch of ribbing at the tips.

2) Customized them to fit my freaky hands.  I started with my pinky finger and worked my way up the palm from there.  I kept trying them on as I went to make sure they fit.

The yarn is so pretty.  Green interspersed with violet.  It works nicely with the cabling detail on the wrist.  I flubbed the cables a bit but que so-what so-what.  They're still pretty and functional.

You know who else is pretty and functional?  The Yarn Widower.  He helped me take these photos.  Here is my favorite one.


  1. Your hands look lovely to me!! and look at how functional they are, knitting such gorgeous fingerless gloves. The yarn looks amazing!

  2. Julie,

    Aww, thanks so much. You're too kind. I'm just honored that you read my blog as I have become quite enamored with yours as of late.

    Everyone, Julie writes a super fantastic blog http://www.knittedbliss.com/ She's doing a series on hot chocolate recipes. Go check it out. You won't be sorry.

  3. I like your hands and your husband is extremely attractive, if a little suspicious-looking.

  4. Pete,

    You are as wise as you are handsome. It's true: my husband is extremely attractive and suspicious.