gLovenote from greatergLove

Gloves? Yes, they do have a limited appeal. But if, like me, you really need help for your hands, you probably have a drawer -- or two -- stuffed with the relics remaining from many attempts at finding the right thing.

If you have sore skin, you may not want much compression, maybe none at all. If arthritis is the bigger issue, you may want compression gloves, good and durable ones.

In addition to the open-finger gloves sewn with the sheer mesh fabrics, I make a type using thicker stretchy fabric that is very soft and feels great on the hands. The heavier gloves (in a medium-weight fabric, actually) are nice in the cooler weather, of course, and while they are not compression gloves, they will hug the hands a bit depending on the fit.

As of now, I only make what I call "work gloves" although they are certainly not typical of such. I suppose my gloves could be called delicate, but they are not trying to be glamorous. They're not what a bridal party or formal prom-goers might wear, really. I've made a few gloves using special lacy mesh, and maybe I'll try more of that someday. But while the decoration adds interest, it also holds more water -- mesh with motifs takes more time to air dry...and it drips!

I hand-wash all the gloves I wear and hang them up to dry. The sheer mesh ones dry very quickly and don't drip any water onto anything in the process. The thicker gloves take an extra squeeze or two to gently wring out the water, but they air-dry nicely, too.

Unless otherwise indicated, any of the gloves I make can be machine washed. The sheer mesh gloves should air dry only, but the jersey type, the thicker gloves, can go in the dryer. Avoid high heat and also avoid bleach.

The fabrics I've chosen are, in my humble opinion, just right for the job. They are not indestructible -- you will notice that a sheer mesh glove that's been washed and worn many times over will look more like an "old hand" than a brand new one, and will likely show the tracks of having had a few loose threads pulled every now and then. The heavier gloves will naturally show their age eventually, too. Even so, both types are tough enough, I'd say. (I did try some tougher mesh fabrics, but they didn't seem to be the thing.)

My current (and perhaps eternal) favorite fabrics that I regularly use to make gloves: The sheer, lightweight mesh is 80% nylon and 20% lycra spandex. The other is a medium-weight jersey style, brushed and buttery soft, 92% polyester and 8% spandex.*

*Update: I am trying another sheer mesh that is 90% nylon, 10% spandex, and claims to be okay in the dryer. Hmmm... we'll see.

A word about donning and doffing... It's easy, but please -- use ease! Learn to sort of push/pull the glove on or off. If you carelessly give it one big yank, you might rip open a seam (they're sewed with a stretch stitch, though, so that won't be too terribly easy to do).

The glove can be reversed to the other side by pushing through the fingers gently. When you buy my gloves, the “wrong” side is showing, on the outside. You’ll probably want to turn it and wear it the other way, though you don’t have to -- I know that I’ve had times when my skin was sore enough that I didn’t want the seams to be on the inside of the gloves.

Loose fabric threads: The nylon (sheer mesh) fabric in particular (unlike the lycra type) may occasionally have a stray thread. You can carefully snip it, but it's easy and maybe preferable to simply pull it right out of the glove. This usually doesn't make any significant difference... you may see a slight run.

Loose sewing threads: I lock my stitches... if you see a stray strand of the sewing thread, it's usually fine to give it a careful snip, without the seam coming undone. I strongly recommend using those wonderful little snippers that have the curved-up ends -- they will keep you from accidentally cutting the fabric, which can be so easy to do, with regular scissors.

I will have my gloves for sale online soon, and will update the information here.

See more photos at my PBase site - ~~~ greatergLove

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