The Reading Gloves – Heathcliff

For a while now I have been thinking about more characters for The Reading Gloves project. There’s Nabokov’s Lolita, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and last but not least, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. I’m still waiting to find Cathy, but Heathcliff has suddenly revealed himself to me. A very kind fellow Raveler has gifted me some handspun jacob:

Three skeins in total, all are 2ply. Two skeins come in at about 16wpi and one at roughly 21wpi. A beautiful job! I’m planning to full the resultant gloves, so that stitch definition is neigh on impossible to distinguish — as, if we have to believe Nelly Dean, wasn’t Heathcliff a swarthy individual who never let on what he was up to?

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray’s gloves are knitted in 4ply cotton. I knitted two pairs. One pair is immaculate white and knitted as evenly as I could. These will be displayed on a small console table. Made from cardboard and self-adhesive film…

Then, of course, there is the portrait. Some friends helped me out and I think the portrait looks great! The walking stick in the portrait has a knife blade hidden in it. After we took the photographs I polished up the stick, so it now looks as new and will also be part of the display.

Anna Karenina

This is Anna Karenina’s cuff. I had to try out quite a few different lace patterns, as I wanted to make the gloves look like expensive lace, not cheap tarty lace. Therefore I ended up using lace that had quite a lot of solid areas. Knitted in Jamieson’s cobweb ultra 1ply it still looks very lace-y.

Here’s a page from my note book. I love making charts, as it makes me understand how the pattern works.

And the cuff being blocked.

Once I had finished assembling everything the lace pattern got a bit lost as it was a double layer of fabric. So I have hunted down some old silk scarves and used one of those to line the gloves. There are red beads for blood drops.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Here are Lady Chatterley and her lover, Mellors. I knitted Lady Chatterley in natural Wensleydale longwool. The cuff has a picot cast-on and is knitted in a twisted 1×1 rib. It reminds me a bit of a corset. I gave a her wedding ring too.

Mellors is knitted in hemp and I kept it simple and a bit rough around the edges. I like the contrast between the two pairs of gloves.

The first time they “get together” they lie down on a brown army blanket and brush away the chicken feathers that are strewn around the small hut they’re in, so I will display the gloves on a blanket and scatter some chicken feathers around.

The Reading Gloves

If gloves were to be like characters in a novel, then what would they look like? I’m going to try and find out and on this blog I will keep a record of my findings. On 10 February 2011 The Reading Gloves will go on show at Prick Your Finger. I’m going to knit gloves that represent the following characters: Lady Chatterley, her lover, Dorian Gray, Dorian Gray’s picture, Anna Karenina, Heathcliff & Cathy.

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