So, lets just jump right in! I have gone a couple of times to knit night, which has been FABULOUS! Last week I finished up a fingerless glove for my niece, and over the weekend I managed to finish the second one. I had never done thumb gussets before this. They turned out alright. I am trying not to beat myself up over them too much. I have holes where they connect to the main body of the glove. I do have some yarn still connected to the piece to sew those up a bit. I know that it is normal to have some hole between the two, but these are excessive.
These have not been washed or blocked. I am hoping that that will help some with the curling and the small sizing problems that exist. I used DK weight superwash wool, so I think they are going to turn out just fine. Overall I really like the pattern. I did modify it and only did 7 rows of increases rather than the 9 called for because with 9 rows of increase the end of the gloves that fits around my arm seemed too lose. So 7 rows did the trick and seems to have worked quite well. The way she has the increases done - by lifting the bar between stitches, does leave a hole. I decided I was alright with it because it does add a decorative element to it. I'm not positive I will use it in the future, though. We'll have to see.
I did these completely on sharp DPNs. For that reason they took me a while. It was less the difficulty of using them rather than the fact that I felt it was quite annoying to use them - if that makes sense. They also hurt my fingers after a while because I knit so tightly that I sometimes have to work to push the stitches off the needles. I think I am going to make my next pair using magic loop.
Speaking of magic loop, I randomly decided to try it last night. I was looking for a nice one-skein pattern and I found one that I have been wanting to make. But, it called for the same size DPNs that I had used to make the gloves. I was tired of them so I set the pattern aside. Then it dawned on me that this was the perfect pattern, because it is few stitches but a long stockinette pattern, to try the magic loop on. I have only gotten about 2 inches into the pattern, and there is a small learning curve to doing magic loop, but so far the stitching looks uniform and nice and it doesn't hurt my fingers nearly as much! It is fabulous! I think I will use this for most of my small circular items in the future - hopefully it will make them go much quicker for me because I don't procrastinate!
The pattern for the fingerless gloves I found pretty soon after I started knitting last fall. I decided I wanted to make them for my older sister for Christmas. I started the pattern but I did not finish the first glove until a month ago, when I decided I had to finish these red glove for my niece because she would be visiting from across the country. So, I might try to do the next glove in this same magic loop, we'll have to see!