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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. Jennifer Finch on December 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I love my Ethel’s but after a years worth of use, I finally got a hole in one of the fingers :(

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  2. Carla on December 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    My Mom would love a pair of these gloves! Great gift idea for her!

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  3. leanne on December 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    these are beautiful! i just use my bare hands because my hands are quite small and i have never been able to find a pair that would even fit, nevermind look nice!

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  4. Wendy on December 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Sounds like just the thing to end my gardening glove woes!

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  5. Kat on December 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Have not yet found the “perfect” glove. Maybe these Ethel’s are the one?

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  6. Carrie on December 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I have been using deer skin gloves for about 3 years. Once they are broken in, they are heavenly! But, you’re right, if they get wet (like leaving them out in the rain–oops) they are never quite the same again.

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  7. heidi on December 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Any gloves that last longer than a week!!

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  8. kaela on December 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I haven’t found a gardening glove that I even like, let alone love. Maybe Ethels are in my future?

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  9. KimP on December 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I struggle using gloves in the garden – they don’t allow me enough flexibility. I would love to try these, though!

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  10. Jenny C on December 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Gloves that last longer than a season. I tend to get holes in my fingers from digging. The rubber tipped ones don’t last me much longer.

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  11. Joan on December 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Awesome! I can use a new pair of gloves. I have taped covering the holes in my current pair!

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  12. Grant on December 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    These look so cool, I know what you mean about the dexterity of the rubber gloves. Since I am also a Northern gardener, warm gloves are must but hard to find ones that do well for the garden.

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  13. Daniel on December 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    My wife would absolutely love these gloves

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  14. Patti on December 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I usually buy atlas gloves from Gardener’s supply bc I can’t find xs size gloves else where. I almost always garden in gloves, as much as I enjoy digging in warm soil, I hate dirty fingernails. I looked for the Ethel gloves last winter at Lowes, but unfortunately, they only had M & L.
    Thanks for the etsy link. Ordered a walnut spatula last night. Can,t wait to cook with it.

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  15. Shannon ball on December 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    never had a pair of ethel gloves, but i have wanted to get a pair! The look very comfortable and very nice.

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  16. Katherine on December 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Those look like great gloves. I don’t really have a favorite pair – I guess any pair that doesn’t have holes it in and I can find.

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  17. Kjirsti on December 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I just switched to wearing gloves while gardening a few years ago. I used to prefer doing it all bare handed. Now I like Atlas.

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  18. Michelle on December 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I buy cheap gloves throughout the year…none that I am loyal to. I could use a good pair that will hold up!

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  19. Cecilia on December 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    my favorite gloves are any pair that have still have the finger tips intact. My very favorite pair of leather work gloves were repaired over and over again with bits of duct tape. They finally gave up the ghost when the percentage of duct tape exceeded that of leather.

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  20. Karen on December 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    As someone new to gardening I’m always looking for recommended products that do the job well. These look great. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Roberta on December 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I’ve not heard of Ethel gloves before. Even if I am not lucky enough to win a pair I’ll have to give these a try.

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  22. Renee on December 17, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Wow, those look like great gloves! And I do need a pair… my big box store ones barely made it through the season :)

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  23. Peggy R. on December 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    oh, I would love to win a pair of these gardening gloves! thanks for the opportunity

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  24. Terri on December 18, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I don’t really have a favorite pair of gardening gloves because I have never splurged on anything more than the cheap ones at the hardware store. My favorite heavy duty ones (wood cutting/stacking etc) are my Carhardts or the pair that I got from Duluth Trading because of the fit. I really need to protect my hands due to the fact that I am a nurse in a surgery setting and am very concious about how they appear to my patients.

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  25. MAYBELLINE on December 18, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I never considered washing my garden gloves. I wear them until they wear out. Then, they are handed down to the scarecrow. Thanks for the tip.

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  26. Brenda on December 18, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Please enter me for the gloves!

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  27. Seren Dippity on December 18, 2010 at 12:22 am

    I would love a pair. I’ve never had gardening gloves that I have been able to tolerate. I just get annoyed at the lack of flexibility and yank them off, only to gripe and groan about dirt imbedded in my knuckles and chipped nails. You make these sound perfect; I might just have to try them out.

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  28. Ginger on December 18, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I buy cheap cotton ones from the hardware store, as they get so gross so fast. Would love to try Ethels however!

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  29. Gretchen on December 18, 2010 at 12:58 am

    I would love to try these. I hate cold hands and the insulated ones you’re testing look really comfortable.

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  30. Loree Watanabe on December 18, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I haven’t really found a “favorite” glove — I do like leather, however, like you, I don’t like it when they get all stiff after washing!

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  31. mavis on December 18, 2010 at 1:32 am

    What a wonderful item to start the New Year off with… Garden Gloves :)


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  32. Tee Sims on December 18, 2010 at 4:59 am

    As a newbie gardener, I don’t have a favorite glove yet. Right now I am just using some inexpensive rubberized ones. These look heavenly though!

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  33. Kay on December 18, 2010 at 6:05 am

    I can always use more gloves, and the way you make these sound, I may not have to replace the Ethyls every few months ;)

    Thanks for the give-a-way!

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  34. Janelle on December 18, 2010 at 8:56 am

    These gloves look great. I’m going to have to buy some for my mom, since she goes through several pairs of cheap gloves a year!

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  35. Katie on December 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I love these gloves. Stylish but durable.

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  36. Connie Giovanni on December 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I would love to try the Ethel gloves!!!!

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  37. Kim on December 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Those are great! Pick me.

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  38. Amy @ Homestead Revival on December 18, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I hope I’m not too late to get in the drawing for the Ethel gloves! I don’t do anything out in the yard without some kind of glove on and I’d love to give these a try (never heard of them until you mentioned this brand).

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  39. Daedre Craig on December 18, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I’ve tried a number of different gloves. My worst problem with most of them is that they make my hands stink! This has happened with both rubberized gloves and leather ones. Furthermore, washing my hands won’t make the smell go away.

    Anybody else had trouble with this?

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  40. Tanya Miller on December 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Pick me Pick me!! I can never seem to find a comfortable pair of gloves!!! The pair I used this past garden season was a mans pair and as I was pulling weeds- I spent more time looking for my lost glove, because I could not seem to keep them on!! Please help me :0) Pick me :0) ps I love this blog!!!

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  41. Sheila Z on December 18, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I use the cheap cotton ones so that when they get dirty I can toss them. The more expensive ones always go stiff and unusable on me, but I don’t want to throw them away because they are too expensive. So I end up going back to the cheap ones.

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  42. Melissa Lawrence on December 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    How wonderful to have found you! You did a fabulous review on these gloves! I ready enjoyed! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

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  43. Mandy on December 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    We are just getting into serious gardening (not just dabbling here and there) and these would be perfect for me! I have heard say how wonderful they are and would love to try them.

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  44. Vicky on December 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I would love to have these gloves. When working in the gardening planting then having to take the gloves off to get the weeds is a pain. It would keep my hands looking nicer, being able to keep the gloves on the whole time.

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  45. Karen on December 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I got my first pair two years ago and they are holding up great. Thanks for
    introducing me to Ethel gloves. They are great. But could always use
    another pair. Thanks for the chance to win another pair.

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  46. Carolyn on December 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Always love reading your blog anyway. This is just icing on the cake. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  47. Dawn on December 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I found your website originally when seeking out elderberry recipes for my enormous bounty of elderberries this year. Thanks for the great recipes! Please add my name to your Ethel Glove giveaway contest. I’d love to own a pair myself, but I’m afraid I’d have to give them to my mother, whose name is… Ethel.

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  48. Michele Yamano on December 19, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I think the dirt that is so ingrained into my skin that I can’t scrub it out is a good sign that I need some good gardening gloves! Thanks for the heads up on a good product.

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  49. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary on December 19, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I just buy the cheap $1 gloves and stock up each year. I’d love to win a pair of these beauties!

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  50. Heather on December 19, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Every pair of those look wonderful. I’d love to give them a try and I’m going to pass the tip along to the local Master Gardener list serve, could be a great last minute holiday gift!

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