FO: Miel

Miel
Pattern: Miel
Yarn: Valley Yarns Northfield Hand Dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer (Lupine)
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I finished knitting my second Miel cardigan on Saturday. In the bright sun, it’s surprisingly difficult to photograph, and the shade is no better. But the sweater is nice, and hopefully purple is still the favorite color of the four-year-old Vivian, who is receiving this on Thursday.

Miel
Miel

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FO: Miel

Miel
Miel
Pattern: Miel
Yarn: Valley Yarns Northfield Hand Dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer (Limoncello)
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My boyfriend’s sister is expecting her second child later this month, so knitting for the tiniest of humans has been back on my radar again. (I knit her first child seven sweaters before she was one.) I have a handful of patterns already picked out, but as soon as I saw Miel in my “Pattern Highlights,” I had to make it, and these two hanks of this Northfield yarn, which had been kicking around my stash for almost two years, seemed well suited for the pattern.

The day I cast on, I knitted to an inch and a half or so past dividing the body and sleeves. It is apparently an astonishingly fast pattern. I can’t decide if it was the combination of yarn and pattern or if I’ve somehow become a fast (English style) knitter, but this cardigan seemed to knit itself. I finished the body in a couple hours over the next two days. The sleeves materialized before me while I played board games and drank beer on Saturday night.

Miel

Not only was this a fast project, it was really enjoyable. The cardigan itself looks impressive, as, in my opinion, cables always do, but it’s also simply a pleasant, intuitive pattern. It’s the type of project you can multitask while working on. You can drink beer. You can play board games with friends. You can wait in line while you knit. You can watch TV and have conversations. And then you look down and see that, instead of needles and yarn, you’re now holding a sweater.

I think I like this yarn too. I’m curious to see how it wears, as some people complained about pilling on Ravelry. I already have plans to knit another — possibly two — in Northfield. We have friends with two young daughters, and I’d like to make their oldest a cardigan in the 4yo size. And I think my boyfriend’s niece will receive one of these when she turns two later this month. And really, that is, I think, one of the signs of a really good pattern: planning the next project before the first is off the needles.

FO: French Cancan

French Cancan
French Cancan
Pattern: French Cancan
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK (Mineral)
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French Cancan has been in my Ravelry queue since July of last year and in my mental queue for even longer than that. I usually try to have an easy shawl going, especially when I’m working on fingering- or sport-weight projects, and the French Cancan’s mindless garter stitch and DK yarn was a good choice. The body of the shawl knits up very quickly, and the chart is easily memorized. Once I turned my attention to the border, it was completed in just a couple days.

I weighed my yarn as I knit, hoping to use up as much of it as possible. I started with 241g and knit the body until I had 103g left, approximately 42%. The pattern suggests leaving 40% for the applied lace edging, but I decided to err on the side of caution and avoid a game of yarn chicken. I still had 8g of yarn left when I completed the shawl, so I probably could have done a few more rows on the body.

FO: Pathway

Pathway
Pathrway
Pattern: Pathway
Yarn: Cascade 220 (Christmas Red)
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Although I’m still not someone who enjoys knitting scarves, I have to admit that this one was very satisfying to make once I found my rhythm. Initially, I worked on it an hour here, an hour and a half there, so every time I picked the project up, I had to consult the chart. But on Saturday, I finally had a day to focus on finishing this and was able to memorize the pattern and breeze through the remaining 50% of the project.

From cast on to bind off, I made absolutely no modifications to the pattern. If memory serves (it probably doesn’t), I knit 40 repetitions of the chart. It ended up being a generous 84″ long and almost 9″ wide. I blocked it pretty aggressively, because I wanted to make sure that the ribbing, which flanks the textured panel and the cable, looked like ribbing and not a wide block of stockinette.

Pathway
Pathway

As with the Ginkgo scarf I finished last month, I knit this as a favor for the mister’s step-mother, who is giving some friends a gift basket of handmade goods.