Monday, December 31, 2012

The colors of January

Pacific Ocean--Mendocino Headlands

what are the colors of January?

for me it's the deep blues
of winter's night skies
charcoal gray storm clouds
with icy blue resolutions 
teal good intentions
salt marshes
its the color of whales
singing their nursery songs
as they coast along our Pacific coast
 or the
gray feathers of mourning doves
looking for love
and a building nests
in all the wrong places
Pudding Creek and Haul Road bridge and Pacific Ocean

but right now it's
 Malabrigo Sock Yarn
in the colorway 852 Persia
knitted up into fingerless
to go over
and glam up
 my  cheap machine made store bought gloves
here it is
the colors of January

Happy New Year!

M o m o C h a r l e n e ' s
N e w Y e a r ' s
M i d n i g h t B l u e
G l o v e S l e e v e s
o r
F i n g e r l e s s M i t t s

Yarn: Malabrigo Sock
Needles: 1 set dbl pts size 1 and 2.
Gauge: 7-8 sts. Per inch.
Size Small to Medium

Notes: As these were made to slip over store bought gloves with the
touch fingertips for smart phones, etc. the body of the glove needs a
bit more width. I solved this by switching to size 2 needles for the
body. I like the finger and wrist area tighter anyway so I use a size
smaller needles for those areas. These sleeves are also flippable. I
like the sportswear look of the ribbing at my fingertips, but there are
times I need to see some lace!

Cast on 60 stitches with size 1s. Place marker at beginning. Join for round stitching.
Knit 3, Purl 2 ribbing for 2 inches. Switch to size 2 needles.
Knit stockinette for 1 inch.
Purl 3, knit around to last 3 sts. Purl 3. Repeat for 3 rows.
for thumb opening:
Row 1 (Right side): *(P1, S1)twice, P1. * Stockinette around to last 5 stitches before marker. Do same pattern *-*.
TURN work ( will work back and forth.)
Row 2 (wrong side): Purl across. TURN.
Repeat these two rows for about 3 inches. Enough for your thumb to slip through. End on right side.
Rejoining and starting lace pattern:
Place marker and rejoin(for in the rd knitting) by just stitching across to left side p1,sl 1, p1, sl 1 p1. Knit across
to last 5 stitches, p1, sl, p1, sl1. Slip marker. Knit across. Do these two rows for 3 times (total 6 rows.)
Knit 1 inch of stockinette. Switch to size 1 needles.
Begin lace pattern:
Row 1:
K2tog, yo, k1, yo sl 1, k1, psso, p2, k1, p2.
Row 2 & 3:
Row 4:
repeat row 1.
Repeat four row pattern 5 times. End at row 3. Bind off.
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