October 26, 2003

I am knitting a pair of gloves as an early Christmas present for somebody I want to date.

I find myself on the horns of a dilemma. Do I

a) ask to measure his hands, thereby ruining the surprise, or
b) guess at his hand size, thereby preserving the surprise but greatly increasing the risk of giving him gloves that don’t fit?

The suggestion that I should knit the gloves to fit my own hands, since his hands probably aren’t that much bigger than mine, so that in the incomprehensible event he chooses not to date me I won’t have gone to all that trouble for nothing, is beneath contempt.

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11 Responses to I am knitting a pair

  1. Crash says:

    I guess tricking him into drawing one of those elementary school Thanksgiving turkeys using the outline of his hand would be too difficult?

  2. Buni says:

    There is another way. Have you ever heard of where you can guess if a guy is well endowed by the size of his hands? You could do it the other way; date him, sleep with him and then guess the size of his hands.

  3. scheherazade says:

    you could play mercy – this rather infantile game where you stand facing each other, grab the other person’s hands and twist their arms until.. you got it… they scream mercy. might not be the best way to get him to date you though!

  4. David says:

    Crash, I already told him that idea. Great minds think alike.

    Of course, since he reads this blog, he’s going to find out anyway, so you might as well just ask him.

  5. Adam807 says:

    I don’t find the suggestion that you knit them in our own size beneath contempt, but your hands are tiny so perhaps it’s not the most practical plan!

  6. Wayne says:

    Hrm, that is why I try to stay away from buying (I can’t knitt) gloves… I’d go wht scarf πŸ™‚ It can never to too long or too short. Besides, when things don’t go as smoothly as you expected, you can always strangle him with it.

  7. you must really like this guy to plan his christmas present two months in advance! πŸ™‚

  8. orbicon says:

    Make them out of some horrible stretchy lycra material! Or you could just ask ME what size my hands are.

  9. Stairs says:

    This is why I’ve always stuck to knitting scarves, though they are, admittedly, rather simple to produce in comparison to gloves (I tend to labour things now by alternating purls and knits to create patterns, still simpler than what you’re doing, I’m sure).

    It’s a thoughtful gift; he must seem rather special. How advanced are you along the “wanting to date path”? An easy thing to do with someone you haven’t been intimate with is simply to work in a comment about how small your hands are, or how big his is, and offer your palm (like a salute) so that you can press your hands together to compare. I’ve seen people do that many times, so it shouldn’t come across as too forward πŸ™‚

  10. BoiFromTroy says:

    umm… maybe you should start dating him first…when you to, take him to that Color-Me-Mine place (if they’re still around) and have him do something involving tracing a hand…or if you want to be deceptive, tell him you need various hand prints for your little nephew’s Thanksgiving arts project and ask him to trace his out and send it over…

  11. jason says:

    i was so fully thinking along the same lines as boifromtroy… the turkey ploy is fool-proof, thereby giving fmd a shot in hell.


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