I've been crocheting for about five years, but I just taught myself how to knit this year from Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'n' Bitch books - well, I actually taught myself last year from The Knitter's Encyclopedia, but I couldn't figure out why I was getting alternating rows of knit and purl when i was only making knit stitches- I didn't know what garter stitch was, and the encyclopedia only showed pictures of stockingette pieces in the directions! I bought the Happy Hooker and loved it, so went back and bought Debbie's knitting books, and it was only then that I realized that I had been doing it right . I learned how to purl, and did a few practice swatches, and then decided to make something useful. I saw girlypirate's obnoxiously simple fingerless gloves, and decided that they would make a good gift for my friend, and I was off and knitting. I didn't end up following her exact pattern - I just made my own rectangles and seamed them.
Okay, enough of my jabber... Picture time!
Here you can kind of see how I tried to put reverse stockingette hearts on the front and back of the wrists, but the camo yarn is so busy that they are lost. Oh well, live and learn. The looser one I made first; my gauge got tighter the more I knit.
Sorry for the poor quality of the pics- it's hard to get good pics when you're holding the camera with your chin so you can get both hands in the picture!
I'm going to give them to her tomorrow, so I'll post then and tell you how she likes them.