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Re: gloves

A year after Mr. Glover in KY offered to make the gloves I attempted to
contact him but the email address was no longer good.
I've always worn heavy gloves for heavy jobs to avoid splinters, blisters,
etc, but I used to hate gloves for other activities for the opposite reason
you have - my fingers are too short and there'd always be at least a half
inch of material at the end of each finger.  I worked bare-handed for years
and you're right, soil does a real number on skin.
I discovered Foxgloves a few years ago and I swear by them. They protect
your skin while being thin but durable and flexible for many garden jobs.
Moisture wicks off of the stretchy material so your hands don't really feel
wet if they do get into moist soil.  They stretch to fit your hand and have
sizes from small to XL for men and women.  I bought the small the first
time, but the fingers were too short even for me so I got a few pair of the
medium which have fingers a tad long for me but since the material is thin
and stretchy, I can just slide them back from the tips.  I still wear the
small ones even though they web a 1/2 inch from my knuckles becuase they are
still comfortable. They clean up easily in the washing machine.  They come
in many colors of plain glove and gripper-bead style. If you are unsure of
size, you can email them and give them measurements and they'll suggest the
right size.  These gloves aren't cheap, but extremely durable for how light
they are.  I don't mind wearing gloves now at all.
I still wear goatskin for heavy jobs.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Libby Valentine" <grdner03@yahoo.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2005 10:24 AM
Subject: [CHAT] gloves

> Some while ago, perhaps even as long ago as to have been on the AHS
> list, we had a brief discussion on gardening gloves (did anyone ever get
> a pair of goat gloves from Mr. Glover?). Yesterday it was in the upper
> 60s here (a tantalizing prelude to today, as it is now howling wind and
> accumulating snow) and while I had time and weather I dug a bunch of
> pesky Bermuda grass clumps out of the curbside rudbeckia/echinicea bed.
> Make that dug and pulled. And since my favorite pair of gloves got holed
> last year and I like to feel what I'm pulling, I ended up doing it
> barehanded. Did a fair number on my hands, between splinters and scrapes
> from the cut stalks and usual wear and tear, plus my fingers were
> cracking anyway from winter dryness.
> I have Mule work gloves for handling branches and brambles and such, but
not for more delicate gardening chores.
> My question to you all is: do you wear gloves for gardening and if so,
> what kind? I generally can't wear women's gloves because the fingers
> aren't long enough, and if I could wear them I'd need women's XL which
> isn't usually available. My DH thinks I'm nuts not to have worn
> gloves...
> Libby
> Maryland zone 6
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