Friday, February 4, 2011

Hand on My Heart

Well, here's another pattern. On Ravelry, I decided to participate in the Guild Wars challenge, where members of the Ankh-Morpork Knitters Guild group have joined up into different groups to compete in earning points by completing projects that meet certain criteria within a limited span of time. The first challenge, issued three days ago, was for winter accessories with a Valentine's Day theme. I decided to join the Assassins Guild, mostly because Amy (aka sputnik) set it up. If you're not a Discworld fan, the main things you should know about the Assassins Guild are that its members have excessive amounts of style, and they always wear black.

Unfortunately, the first thing that sprang into my mind when I read the challenge was a pair of fingerless gloves using a heart to shape the thumb gusset, and lacy ribs to complete the girlyness. If it occurs to you that this sounds a lot like the construction of Green Thumb, then you're absolutely right. Suffice it to say that girly mitts with lacy hearts do not really say "Assassin" in any meaningful way.

I tried to get around it by making the first one up in purple, in honor of a character in Night Watch, who has some connection to the Guild and wears a lot of purple. But the knitting gods laughed at me, and I didn't have enough purple yarn. So I made the second one in pink.

Four days from inspiration to published pattern is a new personal best.