These would have to be one of my all time favorite knits. The pattern was enjoyable, but the yarn... oh, the yarn.
What's not to love about the yarn?! The gorgeous, rich colors feature subtle variations to make it interesting without interfering with patterns. It's perfectly tightly spun and squishy... and... and... it's less than $10/hank at The Loopy Ewe! As an added bonus, the hanks are tied with a simple slip knot that is easily released for unwinding. No fighting tiny knots or accidentally cutting the wrong place (not that I've ever done that), just a simple slip and release. Maybe not a big deal but it is a nice little touch.
Transition Gloves by Shi Bui Knits
Shi Bui Knits sock yarn: 1 hank Wasabi & 1 hank Rapids
Needles - Knit Picks Options sizes 0 & 2
Modifications: I used smaller needles and left out the last 2 rounds of the fair isle to accommodate my child size wrists.
It took me a while to get the hang of fair isle knitting, but I ended up getting comfortable with carrying the main color Continental style in my left hand (my normal technique) and "throwing" the contrasting color English style with my right hand. By the second glove, I was cruising right along, barely thinking about what I was doing. I couldn't believe how fast they knit up and how well they held my interest... another feat entirely.
Warning: Now I'm going to say something highly controversial in the knitting world. I used to be a "thrower" before I learned continental. Actually, as a left hander, I was taught by a fairly inexperienced knitter to do everything as a right hander just reversed. This served me well until I tried to knit patterns and realized all my decreases and cables were messed up... then I learned continental which was actually a pretty easy transition. Anyway... I digress... back to controversy. I firmly believe that whatever way one is comfortable knitting is the right way for them! However, why anybody would want to throw instead of slide is beyond me. No offense intended of course. Just saying. :)
I am now going to attempt to cast on for about 5 things that I'm dying to knit at once. More on those later.