Talk to the Hand

I’m thrilled that so many of you love my giant glove!

In response to some of your questions in the comments:

Where can you get your own hand chair?
You can get your own here in a variety of colors. There are other places too, just Google “hand chair”, but that one seemed the most affordable. Sorry, you’ll have to knit your own glove though. And no, I don’t have a pattern, I literally made it up as I went along.

How long did it take to knit?
In all, it probably took me a month to knit, in fits and spurts. Remember - big needles! I’d work on it a few hours a day while I was page proofing over the last month. My eyes were reading, my hands were knitting. Throughout this process, my desk was littered with marking pens, empty Pepsi bottles, drafts of the document I was working on, stitch markers, and random pieces of my Options set.

Will there be a spreadsheet?
Ha haha ahahha ahahahh ahahha hahah hah ahhah ahah…ha.

Will you go into mass production?
See above.

Second glove syndrome?
For me this is a one of a kind. And really, there’s only left hands. Although, my co-worker brought a second one from home for the photo shoot, which was at a local farm ice cream stand. And when he set it down, before I dressed it, I did gasp “Oh no! That’s the other hand!”. ;)

Is that the largest glove ever knitted?
Until someone proves me wrong, I’m going to say it is. As for the record books, someone should start one. Wonder if we can get sponsorship? The Rowan Book of World Knitting Records?

Who has “a few” hand chairs?
My co-worker. Quite a wacky guy. I could tell you stories. Never seen a food item he wouldn’t eat (we got him Bacon Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory once and he loved it). Has an office filled with wacky toys (I got him a chicken chucker, he’s got a box of wind-up walking sushi). Freely provides food to anyone and everyone (there’s always something chocolate in his office). Part of the team of “food scientists” that I hang out with at work (we don’t work with food, we just try every new candy and cookie offering out there - in the name of science!; we make liquid nitrogen ice cream regularly). I got him a gummi t-bone steak that has a place of honor on his wall. I adore him.

Why did Hillary climb Everest?
Because it was there.

Some Notes
Sadly, cameras are not allowed at my workplace, so there aren’t any “in-progress” shots. It was quite a production. Almost everyone who passes my office notices the hand, many of them noticed the glove-in-progress as well. In the ~10-month gap between fingers 1&2 and the rest, everyone was quiet about it. Then I started finger #3. And by finger #4, a couple of people asked if I was working on it again. One of my supervisors even came by one morning as I was putting it back on the hand and expressed relief that it wasn’t gone for good — he’d passed my office the night before and noticed it missing because I’d taken it off to do some knitting at home.

This effort highlighted the beliefs about yarn in the world. One person who stopped by said “Wow, that’s a lot of wool”. Yeah, because wool would be affordable! Someone else said “well, it would be cheaper if you used cotton, right?” Um, no. No, this would not have been possible without the wonders of modern plastic. With Caron acrylic, the total cost was around $30. However, wool would have been a lot more pleasant to knit. The yarn was absolute murder on my hands.

Finally, I have to give a real shout-out to my Knit Picks Options needles. Doing this without an interchangeable set would have been a royal pain. I used (and broke) both of my 60″ cables (and successfully super-glued them back together). I swapped out my working size 11 tips with smaller ones to move stitches onto a holding needle so that I could fit it back over to try it on for sizing. I used (and broke) a smaller cable when I was knitting across a smaller number of stitches at the narrowest point of ribbing. The only thing that would have made the Options better was if I had a cable coupler - because I really did need more than one 60″ cable to get it around the palm when working that part of it.


  1. Telmah:

    Thanks for the FAQ! I fully agree about the Options set needing a joiner to attach the cables together. IMHO, that is the only reason to favor the Denise needle set over Knitpicks for certain situations like transferring stitches between needles and yes, really giant knitting ;) Are you listening Knitpicks??

  2. Chris:

    LOL - reading the FAQ was almost as fun as seing the finished product. Especially the spreadsheet bit. :)

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  4. Frarochvia:

    I loved the faq! And really, a spreadsheet?! People are insane.

  5. Holly:

    Why not send it in to the Guiness Book of Records. They add new catagories all the time. Worlds largest glove (hand knit or otherwise).
    Not the largest item ever knit. Someone knit a car cozy back a few years ago.

  6. Susan in Fairbanks:

    Really cool glove! I’m impressed that anyone would tackle such a project.

    On a more important (to me) note: do you know where your co-worker got the box of wind-up sushi? I’d love to get some for my DH.

  7. Nancy:

    You may or may not know this but . . . in Chile (southern–Punta Arenas) they have a giant foot and it brings good luck to kiss the huge big toe! They might need a sock for that foot!



  9. KnittingMole:

    That is awesome! Not only the glove, but the fact that you are allowed to knit at work…ah to dream! Maybe someday I will get my wish…

  10. christine:

    That glove is really awesome!!
    By the way, do you freelance? I’m a PE over in NYC and am always looking for other knitter/copyeditors/proofreaders (with cats). I think there are more of us than I previously thought!

  11. Fiberjoy:

    Next time you ever tackle such a huge project (HA!) you could have Ed make you a set of wood needles with a 60″ cable that I’d be shocked it if came apart or broke. He makes circular needles up to #50/25mm. :-)

    It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around that big of a project. Totally impressed with how well the glove fits.

  12. PipneyJane:

    Wow! I am so impressed. If they give out awards, that glove is worthy of a knitting Oscar!

    - Pam

  13. Rhonda the Stitchingnut:

    What a cool project! And reading about the process to get it done was great. You’re a hoot and one darn fine knitter!!

  14. tutleymutley:

    I came over via Karen glove KAL. Your glove is totally KEWL! - sorry, that’s a little inarticulate - but I lack the words to express my complete awe of your amazing project!. EXTREME knitting. You deserve a handy award!

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  18. Kathy:

    Option needles do have a connector for putting two or more cables together.

  19. Kathy:

    Sorry. That is some glove. I haven’t even attempted regular sized gloves. Biggest things I’ve made are baby blankets. Really great piece of artwork that is knitted. Kudos to you and your company for allowing you to knit at work.

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