Thursday, December 13, 2007

Finished Transition Gloves


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.

16 comments:

Angelika said...

Welcome to the "Other Side" of knitting. I knew nothing else but continental until I saw the first american woman knit and saw her let go of all the needles with every stitch and couldn't understand why. How can you ever get anything finished at that pace?

marit said...

Wow- great gloves!
I always carry both/all threads in my left hand, knitting continental (at least I think so!) and crossing them under and over my fingers to keep them separated and always in the same order. I thought everyone did that-LOL!

Rose said...

Your fingerless transition gloves are lovely. You are truly gifted. I posted some of my daughters knitting projects on my blog. Come for a visit. Blessings, Rose

Sheila said...

Wooooooo...those are nice. I like them a lot.
Love the colors too.

I'm with you on the non-continental knitting. All that work just to get a purl stitch. And then to transistion form knit to purl and back again. That's a whole lot of arm motion.

Becca said...

They look wonderful!! You did a great job.

Wendy said...

I just bought two skeins and that pattern! The yarn is FAB.

Michelle said...

Those gloves are so awesome! I just looked...the shop is out of the pattern:(

Sarah said...

I think you better sleep with those babies on because I just might come steal them. They are great! I love the colors you used! I'm adding those to my list.

janet said...

Great colors and yarn. Must try it soon. I knit continental most of the time but I don't know how to use the technique for Purl stitch.

whistle1knit1 said...

Ooooooooo! Tammy I just found you!!! Your transition gloves are beeooootiful! I am in awe of you..... 5 boys! WOW! I have one DS, and we are also a homeschooling family. Blessings to you!

Auntie Pudentaine said...

So insanely cute!! I must keep chanting "yarn diet, yarn diet"...but this is NOT helping!

uberstrickenfrau said...

Very lovely! Can't think of what else to say about them, but beautiful.

Auntie Pudentaine said...

Could it be you caused a stampede? The pattern is out of stock and all my yarn choices are also not in...my wishlist is full though!

Yarn diet is holding through no will power of my own :-)

Yarnhog said...

Those are so awesome! If I hadn't sworn a solemn oath not to complicate my life with the unnecessary learning of new techniques that will undoubtedly catch my fancy and prevent me from tending to certain small obligations in my life (like my children, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and laundry), I would be all over those. Oh, what the heck. Shi Buki, you say?

mom said...

Oh dear, you are a left hander? Any plans to visit Donna?! That'd be close enough to bring my two girls who want very much to learn how to knit but are left handed. I'm only a knit purler and have no idea how to even teach them the basics as a right hander :::sigh:::

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Our Family of Five said...

Love those!