There were two particular bits of this pattern that tripped me up:
- The cast-on. The pattern (excellent pattern, free, by Julia Mueller) gives a specific cast-on that I don't know and couldn't figure out. I made several attempts, but in the end gave up and simply cast on 3 stitches, knit front and back in each, then joined for knitting in the round and followed the instructions from there. I think it came out fine: there's no hole and maybe only the slightest of puckering on the back of the hand.
- As you can see in the pictures, the palm side of the glove is slightly different from the back of the hand: there is a ribbing pattern at the cuff. This ribbing was supposed to start practically immediately after the cuff. Because I have a nasty habit of not reading ahead, I didn't figure this out until I was halfway done with the cuff. At that point, I started the ribbing a.s.a.p. (at a suitable part of the cable pattern), but I might as well not have bothered. It doesn't do much for elasticity, the glove and cuff fit well without it and it gives a bit of a bulge. All in all, I'm not unhappy with it, but I will pay more attention next time.
I knitted these gloves in DROPS Baby Alpaca-Silk, a fingering-weight 70% alpaca-30% silk mixture. They are obviously not suitable for temperatures you might experience if you live in, say, Trondheim, but I actually find them surprisingly warm and perfect down to -5 or so. I had this yarn left over from my Red heart shawl and highly recommend it for making lace shawls like that as well.
- I finished the cardigan for my mother! No pictures yet, as the cardigan was still missing buttons - my mother has to provide those and sew them on herself - and I didn't have time to take preliminary pictures before she took it. I will post a picture in a future update.
- New on the WIP-list: a baby sweater for a coworker, who recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy! I'm not letting on what pattern I'm using, as it's supposed to be a surprise!
- As part of my decluttering, I gave away 10 balls of yarn to a friend. I never really had a lot of trouble giving things away, but I was happy to discover that now it wasn't just easy, but it was actually a relief. Perhaps minimalism will get me in the end!