Glove love


The index finger on the left hand of my beloved SmartWool gloves gave out this winter. It started to unravel at the beginning of the season and I tried to tie it off but it didn’t hold and now I’m exposed to halfway down my proximal phalanx. It’s been fine when I’m on foot and can pocket my hands, but on really cold days while I’m riding my bike, it can get pretty uncomfortable. I’ve been trying to buddy up in the middle finger, but it’s a tight fit. So it was time for new pair. I searched around for some used gloves in local thrift and consignment stores but couldn’t find any that had much life left in them. So I picked up the above beauties from the Moonlight Rose Alpacas stand at the Wintertime Farmer’s Market. Moonlight Rose breeds and raises alpacas in Swansea, Massachusetts less than 20 miles from Providence. I’ve long admired their hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and socks on display at the markets. The grey, brown, beige, and white colors are the natural alpaca fiber colors. No dyes are used. Unfortunately the gloves did come with a plastic tagging barb (not recyclable) that holds the company’s paper tag to their products. I find it’s really hard to avoid these little guys when shopping for clothing, even when you are buying used garments. They are so soft and warm and I’m really happy with my purchase. It feels good to buy a locally sourced and produced pair. Hopefully with proper care they will last a long time!

Meanwhile I have to decide what to do with my old pair. I considered the possibility of composting them but they contain 1% elastane and 4% nylon (the other 95% of the yarn is merino wool). I’m trying to figure out if there’s a way to cut the rest of the fingers off and sew the ends well enough to prevent unraveling and make them fingerless gloves for warmer weather or for working in the cold studio or archive. I’m determined to stretch their life out, repurpose, or recycle them somehow.

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4 Responses to Glove love

  1. duni February 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    hello there- just found out about your blog from the Rhode Show- good stuff!
    i’m a knitter and recommend to sew around the fingers a few times each if you do cut the gloves to make the fingerless. doing it by hand would be the best option, so you can guarantee to get in between all the fibers. you can use sewing thread and make sure to keep it fairly loose, so you can still get your fingers in and it won’t be affected by shrinkage if you wash them.
    good luck!

    • Colleen February 11, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

      Hi there Duni, thanks so much for visiting the blog after watching the Street Stories clip—I LOVE hearing from locals! And thanks for sharing the wonderful sewing tip! Cheers!

  2. elena gold February 4, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    Hello, I thought you might like to see how I fixed an old pair of mittens. Cheers!

  3. Erin December 17, 2016 at 12:20 am #

    I know this was long ago, but for future things like this – you can unravel them, wash the yarn, and then knit up something new with it! You can check for some inspiration.

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