Last winter I made some felted slippers and I love them. Unfortunately they are showing wear on the sole and I've done some reinforcing with more yarn (darning, sort of). I have more 100% wool to make additional slippers, but the pattern I made (and love) is knit on straight needles and sewn up creating a seam from toe to heel on the sole. For some reason I keep putting it off.
The second project for me has been fingerless gloves. I have a friend that I want to make a pair for as a Christmas gift. I found a really simple pattern on line and worked up one glove. The pattern was written for straight needles which I didn't figure out until I had knitted a purl row above the cuff. I then made sure to knit any future purl rows since I was knitting in the round. For the test glove I used some WoolEase and (2) size 6 US 29-inch circular needles and double pointed needles for the thumb. It would be less cumbersome to use shorter circular needles (if I had some).
Knitting the thumb was a first for me. It wasn't as hard as I had imagined although I ended up with a gap at the bottom of the thumb which I closed when weaving in the yarn tails.
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