My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Happy Halloween!


Izzy wanted to wish you all a happy Halloween.

It’s been dark and dreary and cold and rainy here, so my knitting photos have left a lot to be desired. But here are a couple of sock-in-progress photos.



The top one is the Regia Stretch. It really blends in with the pattern of my couch. Great place to take a photo, eh? I’m at the point where I’m obsessing over whether I’ll have enough yarn to finish a sock with one skein. We’ll see, but I think it’ll be close. If not, I’ll have to order another skein.

The bottom one is the regular Regia Ringel. These are little teeny tiny socks so I know I’ll have enough there.

I’ve been toying with the idea of making a pair of fingerless gloves. This crossed my mind yesterday morning as I stood waiting for the train, my hands numb with cold. It’s tough to knit when your hands are stiff, and it took a little while on the train before they warmed up sufficiently.

I’m thinking I can take a regular glove pattern and just knit up the fingers to about half an inch or less and cast off leaving the opening.



  1. I’m toying with the idea of fingerless gloves in really wild sock wool.Opal Mexico or Brasil gloves would be cool [or is that ‘kool”?]

  2. I think it’s “kewl.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Great minds think alike, Emma! I was thinking of using some Cherry Tree Hill handpainted sock yarn (in the “Rivers Run” colorway) for my gloves.

  3. I made a pair of convertable mittens for my husband a couple of years ago. They’re the fingerless gloves with a “hood” like a mitten. He really likes them, but has also asked for just straight fingerless gloves. I used a Patons pattern that uses worsted weight yarn. If I have enough of the Cascade 220 I’m using for Cornwall, I’ll make him a matching pair.

  4. Hi Wendy
    Yep, fingerless gloves are so useful – you can knit in them, type in them, do anything in them!
    I have just made myself a great pair from the ‘Broad Street Mitten’ pattern given on Knitty. Having made the gloves as per the pattern I just stopped halfway up the thumb and cast off, thus leaving out the mitten part entirely. Hey presto – a pair of great fingerless gloves which I will wear almost all the time in our English winter! Made them in some really cool hand-painted wool from 21st Century Yarns too in lovely autumn colours.

  5. Just to say Miss Izzy you look lovely this morning with your two pumpkins. I see that with the ball of yarn beside you that perhaps your secret is out. Yup Yup Yup… Izzy stays at home knitting all day long while Wendy goes to work. Too shy to admit to her knitting talents she has Wendy pose in sweaters and holding the needles.

    *g* Have a safe and happy Halloween. The socks look grand btw.

  6. Lindsey-Brooke says:

    Izzy’s pumpkin pic looks like an Old Masters painting! I do a lot of walking&knitting and fingerless gloves are great this time of year. I knitted mine ages ago and don’t recall any difficulty. Happy Halloween!

  7. Obviously…we knitters are of the same mind! I have been planning on making fingerless gloves with leftover sock yarn as well. But my husband has already but in dibs for the next pair of standard gloves, so mine will have to wait just a bit longer.

  8. I was in NYC over the weekend and bought an adorable pair of handknitted fingerless gloves with a hood to convert them to mittens, at a street fair. The mittens were in all different animal shapes; I got the black and white spotted cows. Usually I won’t buy knitted items figuring I can make them myself, but at $10 I couldn’t resist. I thought I could study them and figure out how to make a similar pair. Cindy, where did you get the Patons pattern for your gloves?


    Here’s a pattern for some. I made them from Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport on size 2 needles for my nephew last Christmas. He plays trumpet in the marching band at outdoor sporting events for school. I made a couple of modifications to the pattern. You can e-mail me if you want to know what they are. I think I can find my notes. One thing I learned: be sure to do the “no hole” heel trick on each of the fingers, i.e. pick up another stitch at the finger join, twist it and knit it together with the regular stitch. I think it can be found on the web site if you want better details.

  10. Thanks Lisa — I’m going to use sock yarn sat a gauge of about 8 st/inch. I’ll have to see if I have a regular glove pattern done in fingering that I can adapt. Or I’ll just make up my own. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Cool! You gonna post the pattern?

  12. That’s so cool that you made the “glittens” or gloves that have a hood to convert them to mittens. Could you tell me where to find a pattern?