Friday, December 9, 2011

FO: Socrates Gloves

I made these gloves for my aunt's birthday, which is today.  However, since I'm also in the midst of packing for a move (moving date is December 17th!), I cut this really really close.  I finished the thumbs and wove in the ends last night!  I had to settle for a steam block, instead of my normal nice blocking bath, because I was concerned that they wouldn't dry in time.

I chose the Socrates Gloves pattern because it looked nice and simple with a bit of interesting lace.  For a first pair of gloves, I didn't want to do anything too complicated!  The Knitpicks Palette came from my stash.

The pattern was easy enough to understand, and I did enjoy working on them for awhile- however, by the time I was done I was cursing the fact that humans have 10 fingers!  Glove fingers are kind of fiddley to work (although they went much faster when I switched to 4 inch DPNS instead of the longer ones I had been using.)  Additionally, you have to join and break the yarn after each finger.  Including the original cast-on tails, that means that there were 22 ends to weave in.  On the bright side, I did get a lot of calls to get utilities set up for my move while I was weaving in those ends....

Nevertheless, they're done and they look and feel very nice.  I think they should keep my aunt's hands nice and warm this winter, and be a nice birthday surprise!

Pattern: Socrates Gloves
Source: Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders
Yarn: Knitpicks Palette
The Verdict:  I love these gloves, and I hope that my aunt will, too!

This post is part of Tami's Amis' Finished Object Friday. Head on ever to see what everyone else has accomplished this week!