A cold and damp weekend here in London. Rather non-eventful in the photo stakes, although the children still manage to find interest in the small things.
I made some pasta sauce.
Josie made a calendar
and Sam spent some time with his beloved Age of Empires.
Exciting isn't it?
So, back to the knitting. Of course, you were all right, the first FO of 2006 is my first ever pair of gloves.
As you can see, I was pretty surprised that they turned out to fit. I had a bad experience with a Rowan glove pattern a few years ago - it all looked fine until I put them on and all the fingers were at strange angles. It was enough to put me off gloves for years. However, I bit the bullet and signed up for Nona's Peaceful Palms in an effort to force myself to face those fears.
Jill was right about the yarn - Koigu KPPPM, Shade P824 (or it could be 829, I can't read the writing properly). I chose the Progressive Gloves pattern from Interweave Knits Winter 2003. It's not so much a pattern as an explanation of how to work out how many stitches you will need for hand, thumb and each finger. Based on this, I cast on 60 stitches on 2.5mm needles. I followed the pattern pretty much as is, except that I did a 2x2 ribbed cuff for an inch and knitted to 5 inches before starting thumb shaping, as opposed to the 6 inches recommended in the pattern.
For a first effort, I am happy with how these have turned out. I found it hard to measure the finger length as I went along, especially as there was no thumb opening - the thumb stitches are knitted with waste yarn on the palm, which is then unravelled at the end and the stitches picked up. The main thing I would change next time would be to knit a thumb gusset before getting to the fingers as I think that would aid in accurate trying on and measuring. I also think that 60 stitches may be slightly too many; I would probably take it down to 56 for a slightly snugger fit. But other than that, the fit is good, the yarn is pretty and I have a pair of gloves that I will happily wear for the next couple of months. Thanks to Nona for organising the knitalong - I don't think I would have ever got around to trying gloves otherwise.
Will I do any more pairs? Well, my sister was very taken with them - she thinks they look like a tortoiseshell cat. I estimate I used 1½ skeins of Koigu and I have 1½ left, so who knows? Will gloves be the new socks? erm, no...not at the Wool Palace anyway.