Five weeks after beginning, I have completed Mom’s gloves. I am happy with them, for the most part – I can see a few places where I could have sewn up gaps better, and I’m never happy with woven-in ends. Those are just small nitpicks; I know Mom will absolutely love them. I’ll be giving them to her at our family Chanukah celebration this coming Sunday, and I’ll try to get a picture of her wearing them. I really hope they fit her well!
I used the Hooray for Me gloves pattern with full fingers instead of partial. Because I wasn’t using self-striping yarn, I didn’t bother breaking the yarn to begin the first finger; I just knit around to that point and started it. The one thing that confused me is why the thumb gusset is set three stitches into the third needle. The stitches needed to be rotated in order to align the fingers with the thumb so that each glove can be worn on either hand. Not a big deal, really, just one more thing to remember while working.
The Silkie Socks that Rock yarn was wonderful to knit with. Soft and squooshy, but not too slippery, I think it will combine the right amount of warmth with luxury for Mom. I just love the way the greens peek out from the black, and how the color glows in the sunlight.
I’ll be knitting this pattern again for myself, with a few stitches added to compensate for my wider hands, and with a flip-top mitten added. I’d hoped to have my own pair done by the end of January, but unless I cast on right now, that’s not going to happen. Ah well, there’s always next year!