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Friday Favorites + Free Ethel Gloves

December 17th, 2010

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ve most likely heard about my love for Ethel Gloves. If you haven’t heard me talk about how wonderful and comfortable they are, you’ve probably noticed them in my photos, they are truly beautiful gloves. Ethels are the perfect gardening glove, offering a great fit that gives you dexterity while gardening. You can do everything from heavy digging to pulling out teeny tiny seedlings in them.

My Ethel’s get plenty of wear, in the summer they are used a couple hours a day. I’ve already worn through 2 pairs in the last 2 years. I now have a pair of their leather gloves that I’ll be using for the tougher tasks in the garden, like building all those rock walls.

One of my favorite features of Ethel Gloves is their washability. I’m sure all of you gardeners know the pain of gardening gloves that get wet and then are stiff as boards, never again allowing the dexterity that they had when new. This is not the case with Ethel Gloves, they get slightly stiff after getting wet and drying, but all you have to do is throw them in the washer and when you get them out they’re soft as new.

In October I got a pair of the new Ethel Utility Gloves. I’ve never been a fan of rubberized gloves for gardening and I thought they wouldn’t allow the dexterity that regular Ethel’s offer. The dexterity is slightly less, but the warmth is much better, which for us northern gardeners is a huge deal. I used these gloves for all of my fall gardening chores and they were perfect since fall chores here in the North tend to be wet. I also used them when decorating the front of the house for Christmas, which is a task they work beautifully for as well. I now love the utility gloves as much as the Signature Ethel Gloves.

Ethel also is developing an insulated gardening gloves in the works, which I’m testing at the moment. How perfect is this for us Northern gardeners, especially those of us that want to do more winter gardening.

Ethel Gloves make a wonderful Christmas gift for that gardener in your life, I was so excited to receive my first pair from Mr Chiots 2 years ago. Use coupon code: HOLIDAY25 to save 25% off your order. Ethel was kind enough to send me a pair of Traditional Gloves to give away on my blog. Comment below and you’ll be entered in the drawing for a free pair of Ethel Gloves. I’ll announce the winner on next weeks Friday Favorite.

What’s your favorite kind of gardening glove?

UPDATE: Just got a call from the friendly folks at Ethel and they’re going to give away 4 more pairs of gloves in this contest. So now there are 5 pairs in the giveaway…your odds just got much better!

135 Comments to “Friday Favorites + Free Ethel Gloves”
  1. Andrea on December 19, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I have yet to find a pair of gardening gloves that I love.

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  2. Jaspenelle on December 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win! I’ve yet to find “the pair” of gardening gloves that are perfect for me. Maybe this is them!

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  3. Elaine on December 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I’d love to win a pair of these. My current gloves are pretty cheap-o.

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  4. Michelle on December 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Those look awesome! I’m currently going between the regular cotton gloves that I remember my mom using when I was little, and Dickies mechanics gloves for the more intensive stuff. These look like a good combination of both of those. :) Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  5. Lisa on December 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    We rent, so I’ll be gardening at a community garden plot this coming summer. I would love a pair of these gloves.

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  6. Holly Aguilera on December 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I also have yet to find a pair of gloves I like and usually end up ripping them off while I’m working. Would love a pair of these gloves.

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  7. Jennifer on December 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I am not a big glove fan, but need to use them in the spring and fall here in MN. I found one pair that I kinda like, but they get too hot! I would love to try these!!

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  8. Dawn on December 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I really like my ethel gloves too! Would love another pair. Didn’t know I can throw them in the washer… that’s where they will be headed next.

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  9. misti on December 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Oh, heck, I’ll join in! Would love some gloves!

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  10. heather jane on December 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Perfect! I really need a new pair.

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  11. Annie on December 19, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I would like to try this brand of gloves. I can go through any pair of leather gloves in no time; guess it’s the construction worker in me, and wish I could find some that would last.

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  12. Kenzie Fields on December 19, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    You are an excellent saleswoman- it is so satisfying discovering products that can be stood by with pride and enthusiasm, isn’t it? My family and I just moved from the city to the country, and I’m starting from scratch with all my gardening necessities. Gloves are certainly high on the list.

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  13. Adriana on December 19, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I wear holes in all my gloved pretty quick!

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  14. Emma on December 20, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I’m still on the hunt for a great pair of gardening gloves. I’ve tried various gloves from the various Home Thing centers in the area but all have either worn out quickly or get so stiff they are nearly impossible to do any delicate work with, especially after wet. I’d love to try these out!

    Thanks for sharing. =)

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  15. Eileen Walters on December 20, 2010 at 2:21 am

    These look fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win a pair!

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  16. Janet Anderson on December 20, 2010 at 2:29 am

    I am one of those horrible people who doesn’t wear gloves to garden, mostly because I always find the seams irritating when used with tolls. Bloody Blisters is usually my battle cry…


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  17. Janet Anderson on December 20, 2010 at 2:30 am

    ooops I forgot to add that I would definitely love to try the Ethel gloves, should I be lucky enough to win. I know my hands would thanks you as well as my mouth!

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  18. Canadian Doomer on December 20, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I’ll be gardening this year for the first time, in a community garden, so I honestly have no favorite type of gardening clothes. That’s why I was reading this entry – I had no idea there were different types of gardening gloves. :)

    I enjoy your site. I’ll be gardening in the same hardiness zone as you – 5a – but up here in Canada.

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  19. Beth on December 20, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Would love a pair of Ethel gloves! I have used the West County gloves — they’re o.k., but not great.

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  20. Kat on December 20, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I’m applying for an AmeriCorps position at a local urban demonstration farm this upcoming year, and would love a pair of these gloves!

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  21. Susan on December 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    They are almost too lovely to get dirty! Even if I don’t win, I am going to get some!!!

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  22. Janine at Rustic Kitchen on December 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I have a wardrobe of gardening gloves, light fabric ones for work that requires a fine touch, and sturdy leather ones for the tough jobs. It seems my jobs might be too tough, since both pairs of leather gloves now have finger holes!

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  23. Natalie on December 20, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I never use gloves because they are always uncomfortable. I am curious to try these out. My hands always look so shoddy during the spring/summer/fall…

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  24. Kim on December 20, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Look at all your comments…..yeah. A small reflection of all your readers…yeah. Sign me up if it is not too late. Would love a pr!

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  25. rachel on December 21, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Wow, that’s a lot of comments! A mason bee made a nest in the finger of one of my gloves and I don’t want to disturb the eggs… I could use a new pair!

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    • Canadian Doomer on December 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

      Okay, everyone has to admit that that must be the coolest reason to need new goves. Seriously. :) Congrats on your upcoming bee babies. Are there pictures of the nest on your site?

      I know, I should be greedy and say that I have the coolest reason, but I don’t. :D

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  26. Peggy on December 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I would love to win! Thank you, Peggy

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  27. Karen on December 21, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I usually hate wearing gloves, but these look totally doable!

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  28. Jenny on December 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I’m not a glove-wearer since I’ve never been able to find anything that lets me pull tiny chickweed without taking them off. Maybe these are the answer? Would love to try them!

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  29. Kirsten Serrano on December 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I am currently a fan of atlas gloves, but would love to find a new favorite!

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  30. Aubrey on December 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I would love a pair! I also am a northern gardener (western New York)
    thanks for the chance!! :-)

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  31. Citysister on December 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I love gloves of all kinds…currently I am using our leather insulated gloves to take care of the chickens in the snow…They protect nicely from the boiling tea kettle of water I use in order to defrost the waterer.

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  32. angie reese on December 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    love these gloves!!!! thanks so much for the chance to win : )

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  33. A Big Announcement | Chiot's Run on March 4, 2011 at 4:47 am

    […] been reading here for a while you know how much I love Ethel gloves, I’ve proclaimed my love here, here, and here. Naturally I was excited about the opportunity to blog for them. One of the main […]

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  34. Destiny on October 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I have owned two pair of Ethel gloves and I have also had two pair grow legs and run away! humm… Well any how they are comfortable, pretty darn durable, and make my busy little hands look good! lol

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