The First and Last

Hiya.  Thank you for all the birthday wishes to hubs.  He had fun reading them.  😀

So remember how at the end of last year I started loving dpns again?  The love intensified when I found Lantern Moon Sox Stix.  I bought my first two sets from Cristi who was destashing; and, that’s it.  I’m officially HOOKED on them. The ones I got from Cristi are ebony wood.  I then went and purchased a rosewood set from The Loopy Ewe but I don’t love them as much as I do the ebony.  They’re ok, just sharper and I don’t really like sharp needles (as you’ll soon find out).  I prefer my needles blunt and rounded.  Like me. 😉

As my last FO of 2008, I made a pair of Knotty Gloves on the Sox Stix.  These are my first gloves.  With fingers, that is.  I have always made mittens or fingerless or wristwarmers.  Never full-fingered gloves.  Can you say LOVE??  And, WARMTH??

Knotty Gloves

I used some gorgeous STR Mediumweight that I got from Cristi a couple of years ago in one of our Bday swaps.  The colorway is Backstabber.  No, she wasn’t trying to tell me something.  I hope.  LOL  Ain’t it gorgeous though??

Knotty Gloves

  • Source: Free pattern on Rav
  • Yarn: Socks that Rock, Mediumweight (0.7 of the skein; about 266 yds)
  • Color: Backstabber
  • Cost: This yarn was a gift but since it usually costs around $21, the gloves come out to about $14.70.
  • Needles: US 2.5
  • Started: December 10, 2008
  • Finished: December 30, 2008
  • Mods: I used larger needles and a heavier yarn to fit my large hands.

During my holiday vacay, I cast on for a pair of New England socks (from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush).  I used some Koigu yarn I’d gotten from the Yarn Tree when they had all of their Koigu on sale because they will not be carrying it anymore.

New England Socks (3)

Koigu never has enough yardage for my size 11 feet, so I did the heels and toes in a solid-colored Louet.

New England Socks (1)

I love the star-shaped toe on these socks so much that I’m using it on all of my top-down socks from now on.  It’s so easy to do (you just k2tog at 4 even points every other row until you have half the sts left, then dec every row until you have about 8 sts left – no grafting!) plus it fits my feet better than a square toe.

These are my first 2009 FO.  I could’ve probably finished them in 2008 but I was too busy reading (yah, I got roped in).  😉

New England Socks

  • Source: Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
  • Yarn: Koigu KPPPM (2 skeins) in a speckled blue and Louet Gems Pearl in Neptune (.15 skeins)
  • Needles: Used US 1.5 ndls for the leg and US 1 ndls for the heel and foot
  • Cost: Koigu = $9.75 * 2 = $19.50; Louet = $8 * .15 = $1.20; Total cost: $20.70
  • Started: December 25, 2008
  • Finished: January 4, 2009
  • Mods: None really except for the two different sized needles.

11 thoughts on “The First and Last”

  1. I absolutely adore your gloves. I’ve been ogling them and wishing I had a pair just like them. The most amazing thing is that you don’t have any holes around the finger gussets… none. And they fit perfectly. Wow.

  2. Nothing is better than hand knit gloves! Those are great! I love the cables. The placement looks like they keep them nice and snug at the wrist.

  3. I really need to just knit that pattern. I love the Knotty gloves. I’ve bookmarked the pattern and even gotten yarn. I may look for the needles you used. They are shorter, which would work well for the fingers.

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