No, I don't know why, either. I just had a craving. This is the start of Nancy Bush's Norwegian Gloves, a free pattern available from Interweave. I chose Dale's Falk instead of Heilo for its handwashiness -- plus it felt deliciously soft, unlike Heilo's rather gruff asperity in comparison.
Multi-color gloves are, I must say, not for the faint-hearted. The pattern itself is not particularly difficult -- it's the fiddliness of dealing with both two strands of wool and five needles. It took me a while to get into the rhythm of it, especially at the joins where two needles meet, and I don't think I am completely successful yet, but am erring on the side of caution where stranding is concerned, as all advice has it, and leaving the floats a bit loose.
I tried on the glove just after casting on the thumb stitches atop the gusset, and thought that it was a bit small, but after working ten more rounds or so, I realized that it was spot-on. My gauge is pretty much exactly 7 sts per inch/28 per 10 cm, on 2.5 mm needles.
My problem with it now, you might see, is that the edges of the patterns do not line up with the edges of my hand. The thumb gusset is too far towards the center of the palm. This probably makes a prettier glove when lying flat on a table, but on my hand I was continually tugging at it.
I was undecided as of this morning whether I would just carry on and finish it as written, or start over again, but upon looking at the photos, I feel that I really must start it again -- it's painfully obvious in this photo, much more so even than on my hand:
perhaps because I could not actually twist my arm far enough to see it so clearly!
And I think I will take the opportunity to work the red rounds with a jogless jog, too. In for a penny, in for a pound.