Started right before Christmas, finished around New Year's Day, all ends woven in a couple of days later: I can't quite recall if these gloves are my last FO of 2013 or my first one of the new year, but they were a quick, satisfying project. Since they barely made a dent (one skein plus a couple of yards of a second one) in my Koigu stash, I can't quite call them stash-busting.
Back in November, right after Thanksgiving, the Bay Area went through a cold spell. Following a lengthy Indian summer, it traumatized us all into believing we were cold and fated to feel even colder as Winter came closer. It turns out that we were wrong. After that one week, balmy temps returned. But in the meantime our offices felt cold, our cars felt cold, and our extremities complained. I actually wore my homemade wool socks for a while. And my daughter fantasized about fingerless gloves for her icy cold office.
She wanted the kind with separate knuckles knitted in, so I went on a Ravelry hunt for free patterns and found this one . It calls for just one size of Koigu KPPPM, and I am pretty sure one skein would have sufficed if I hadn't added a couple of rounds to each knuckle.
I picked the Small size, and given how loose the palm-part of the gloves ended up, I am very glad I did. Someone more clever than I needs to figure out a way to resize these gloves. The 60 stitches needed to cast on for the ribbed wrist part were quite snug, but once I switched to stockinette, they felt like a good 8 sts. too many. Yes, this math I can handle. It is the dividing into one thumb and four knuckles that throws me... But maybe I'll give it a try one day.
This quibble aside, I loved knitting the pattern and learning how to work separate fingers after having knitted so many mittens in recent memory. And a small accessory like this seems like a perfect use of colorful yarns such as Koigu. Although I used a size 1 needle for the ribbing and a 2 for the stockinette part of the gloves, the knitting went fast and easy. Two thumbs up, ha, ha, for this nifty and pretty pattern.