But knit, of course!
I finally started a new project tonight – it took a little while for me to figure out what I wanted to do. And I’ll probably end up with 2 things going concurrently just so I don’t run into this whole thing again of not having anything to work on once I finish something.
Well, technically I do still have a baby washcloth that I started months ago, but for some reason I completely have lost interest in working on those. Maybe because I don’t know anybody who’s pregnant right now, so don’t have anyone to give them to. And I never did finish the smock top – but by the time summer rolls around again, it would be way too small for my youngest daughter, so I can’t really summon up the energy to get it done. I’m still really in sock and Magic Loop mode and want to keep working on those.
But what I started tonight isn’t a sock! I’m expanding my horizons yet again – this time in two ways. First, I’m adapting a pattern that’s written for dpns to Magic Loop – or at least attempting to do so. We’ll see how that goes. And I’m doing this for a type of project I’ve never made before – a fingerless glove.
Why fingerless? I realized on Black Friday as I stood out in the bitter cold, waiting in line outside of various stores while attempting to use the touchscreen on my iPhone, that touchscreens and cold temperatures don’t mix very well. I kept having to take my glove completely off, and my whole hand was freezing by the time I’d put my phone away each time. So I’ve had the idea of making fingerless gloves lurking around in my head since, and decided this is the right time to try – I was always intimidated by the idea of attempting fingers with dpns before, but I think Magic Loop will work a lot better for that.
I found a pattern that I downloaded – it’s from a physical book, but by downloading the book instead of purchasing a paper copy, it was very cheap. And I can load the pattern on my e-reader and my phone so I don’t even have to print out a physical copy of it either. It’s from a Paton’s book – Next Steps Seven: Mittens and Gloves, and I’m glad to have some good mitten patterns now too. The fingerless glove pattern also includes an option for a flap to use to cover the fingers with – I don’t know if I’ll attempt that right now or not.
I’m using a skein of yarn that I’d bought last fall, thinking I’d try it for socks – but I only bought one skein, and when I was at the LYS last week, they didn’t have any more of this same color. There should be enough in the skein for the gloves though – I think. I love the colors and the feel of this yarn – it’s Mini Mochi, in the pastel ‘Baby Face’ colors. So pretty!
Here’s the cuff of the first glove – so far just ribbing. Things will be more interesting when I have to try doing the thumb gusset, probably tomorrow during our snow day. I’m planning to run a lifeline through before I start, just in case – so I don’t have to start all over again if things don’t work the first time. Wish me luck!