FO: Improv Animal

Improv Animal
Pattern: No Pattern
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Weight (Celestial, Peapod, Everglade Heather, Gosling)
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To gift along with the sweater I posted yesterday, I also knit up a quick, seamless stuffed animal.

I’ve knit similar plushies before, and I have a general formula that I follow, but this time I skipped the arms and legs, because who needs ’em? Not this guy.

I used Judy’s Magic Cast On, followed by directional increases, followed eventually by directional decreases, and then the ears are knit from live stitches and the top of the head is grafted shut.

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FO: Langoz #4

Langoz #4
Pattern: Langoz, With a Nod to Ms. Walker
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport (Avocado, Marina, Sagebrush)
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This is my fourth Langoz sweater. This time I was knitting for an acquaintance, who is due in March and whose baby shower is on Sunday.

Each time I knit this pattern, I do something differently: I use different needles, I skip a step here, add a little color there, bind off differently. It’s a cute, basic pattern that can easily be modified, which is probably why it’s become my go-to baby gift.

While knitting this Langoz, the section of mosaic knitting was my biggest departure from the pattern. I knew I wanted to do some colorwork, but I didn’t want to do stranded knitting. A quick search of the patterns in my Ravelry library turned up With a Nod to Ms. Walker, which I thought would look good as a single broad, patterned stripe across the body.

I’m also rather pleased to report that all of the yarn from this project was already in my stash. Somehow I have a pile of the Avocado yarn. The Marina and Sagebrush had been, in the back of my mind, on reserve for a pair of children’s mittens, but I think this makes lovely use of the yarn. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to accurately capture the look of the Marina yarn — it’s slightly greener than my photographs show.