FO: Palmyre

Palmyre
Palmyre
Pattern: Palmyre
Yarn: Madelinetosh Farm Twist (Oeste), Madelinetosh DK Twist (Sweet n Sour)
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Palmyre has been on and off my Ravelry queue since I first saw it a couple years ago, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. This project went so quickly and effortlessly that I’m pretty certain it knit itself. And, as I recently mentioned, the Farm Twist was also a very nice yarn to work with.

I decided to do the bind off with a different yarn, just to give it an extra pop of color. The coral-like reddish edging matches some of the more subtle flecks of color found in the Oeste yarn, but I also briefly considered a bright green yarn and, halfway through binding off last night, it crossed my mind that the leftover Mineral from my French Cancan might look quite nice.

This shawl is most likely destined to become a gift, but I think I’ll have to knit one for myself.

Palmyre

A couple comments on kntting Palmyre: I often forget to weigh my yarn (as I did here), so I don’t know exactly how much I used, but I did need to break out the third hank of Oeste to finish the lace border. I was about five or six rows from the end of the chart. The only modification I made to the pattern was to knit a longer garter tab before picking up stitches, because I don’t like it when that gets too tight and causes a bump in the shawl. If I could do it all over again (and I probably will), I would experiment with slipping the outer edge of the garter tab, since that would better compliment the top edge of the shawl.

Palmyre

FO: Meadow Road

Meadow Road
Pattern: Meadow Road
Yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo (Black)
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What a busy month! As a purchaser at a record store, I was swamped at work leading up to Record Store Day, so I wasn’t able to knit as much as I would have liked to this month, but 22 April has come and gone, and I was finally able to complete my Meadow Road pullover on 24 April! My goal was to finish it in time for the spring, and I’ve definitely accomplished that.

According to my Ravelry project page, I started this on 9 January, but I worked on it very sporadically at first. This pullover can definitely be knit in fewer than three months. The center pattern is incredibly intuitive and easy to memorize, and it’s otherwise just lots of stockinette. Lemon squeezy, as they say.

Meadow Road
Meadow Road

Meadow Road is the pattern that made me love twisted ribbing. I really like how it makes those columns of knits and purls so neat and tidy. The hem on the body is only twisted on the knit stitches, but when I worked the cuffs and the neckband, I twisted the purl stitches too.

And speaking of the cuffs and neckband, I made some changes to the original pattern, which called for gathered sleeves and reverse stockinette edging. I omitted both of these. Working the sleeves two-at-a-time, I continued decreasing to what seemed like an appropriate width, and then I added 8 rounds of ribbing before binding off loosely. For the neckband, I picked up either 132 or 134 stitches and again worked 8 rounds of ribbing. I didn’t change my needle size.

I’m very happy with how my Meadow Road turned out. In my experience, Arroyo grows in length and, to a lesser degree, width, and this ended up being the perfect size after blocking. It ends a couple inches below my hip and is has a comfortable / casual fit throughout the body and sleeves.

FO: Gingko

Gingko
Ginkgo
Pattern: Ginkgo
Yarn: Cascade 220 (Tangerine Heather)
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I finished the Gingko scarf on Tuesday. I actually quite dislike knitting scarves, but I did this as a favor for someone else. All things considered, this scarf wasn’t so bad. The pattern was somewhat memorable and didn’t require much concentration. I watched a lot of Midsomer Murders and listened to a lot of black metal while chipping away at this seemingly endless project. It’s an ideal project for picking up and putting down and possibly forgetting about — interrupted knitting at its best. Plus, the rows are short. And it looks very nice after blocking. But it felt like it was on my needles for an eternity.

It’s also quite large. It’s approximately 96″ in length and 11″ wide. I even left off one repeat, because it seemed to be the right size. I also didn’t go up a needle size when I switched from the twisted ribbing to the lace pattern, as the fabric seemed too loose. But these two minor changes aside, I knit the pattern as written.

FO: New Beginnings

New Beginnings
Pattern: New Beginnings
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios (Playa, Paris Night)
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I last mentioned this project during my summary of January WIPs, when I was nearly finished but had run out of Playa a mere six or seven rows from the end. I was deciding whether to purchase a third hank or switch to Paris Night for the remainder of the shawl.

After a week and a half of deliberation and prompted by free shipping at WEBS, I finally ordered the third hank. And I’m glad that I did. I think maintaining the patterning between Playa and Paris Night was the right decision.

New Beginnings

I should mention that the alternating Color A lace sections and Color B not-lace sections originates with (as far as I can tell) KnittingDogz.

So, this shawl turned out quite large. It’s 82″ from tip to tip and almost 33″ along the center spine. The Mister thinks it’s also my fanciest-looking shawl due to the alternating colors, even though it might not be the most technical or advanced shawl pattern. Another non-knitting friend commented that this is her favorite thing I’ve ever knit.

I think it’s a nice shawl. But I’m not bowled over by it. Possibly because these aren’t colors I’m particularly drawn to. I’m still deciding what to do with it. I have a feeling that it’ll be “my shawl,” until I realize that I never wear it and an opportunity arises that I need a knitted gift.


Edited on 18 February 2017: The mother of one of my dear friends recently became quite ill, so I’ve decided to give her this shawl as a get-well-soon gift.

FO: Freesia Shawl

Freesia Shawl
Pattern: Freesia Shawl
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette (Larch Heather)
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Finishing this shawl makes me want to knit all the lacy fingering-weight shawls. I rarely knit them, but they’re immensely satisfying when I finally complete them. And the last four that I’ve knit, I’ve given away. But this one is mine.

Needless to say, I’m very pleased with this shawl. I used yarn from my stash. Yarn that I purchased in August 2013. It matches my winter coat and my favorite not-knitted winter hat, both of which are somewhat masculine in appearance. I wanted something lacy (but not too lacy) and army green to wear with them. This is that thing.

Freesia Shawl

The garter stitch body was wonderfully unfussy, and the applied lace edging was eventually memorable. I chipped away at it rather inconsistently while working on other projects, and the garter section took me six days, whereas the edging took me 22 days.

The only change I made was knitting the  Left Leaning Decrease  as ssp on the wrong side. (The chart legend defines that symbol as ssk, period.)

WIP Summary: January 2017

New Beginnings (WIP)
Pattern: New Beginnings
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios (Playa, Paris Night)

I’m so close to finishing this. I have six rows left in the MC, but I’m about to run out of yarn. I can’t find this colorway at a local store, and I’m not quite ready to pay for shipping on a single hank of yarn. (And I’m not supposed to buy yarn right now.) The alternative is to finish those last few rows of the lace section using my CC, then knit the garter stitch border and bind off in the CC, as planned. What would you do? Splurge on the hank of Playa? Switch to Paris Night?

Freesia Shawl (WIP)
Pattern: Freesia Shawl
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette (Larch Heather)

Yesterday, I passed the halfway point on the attached lace edging. I’ve completed 14 of the 21 edging reps. I can’t wait to get this off my needles, because I don’t actually have a fingering weight shawl of my own. I’m also excited to see how this looks when it’s blocked, because right now — well, you know how it is — it looks like a pile of… unblocked lace.

Grettir (WIP)
Pattern: Grettir
Yarn: Ístex Léttlopi (1407)

Although it’s all stockinette, knitting sleeves somehow seems much slower-going to me than knitting the body of a sweater. I spend a few hours each week on these, and it seems like they’ll never reach their proper length. For my next stranded sweater, I might consider knitting the body and yoke first, so that I can knit the sleeves top-down.


I’m also chipping away at a Meadow Road pullover. I finally decided to leave it at my boyfriend’s apartment, so that I have a dedicated Home Away From Home project. I’d like to finish it in time to wear this spring, but I’ve had considerably less free time this year than I thought I would.

And I’m on the verge of completing my fourth Langoz pullover, which needs to be ready to gift by Sunday.

Winter Knits

I knit a lot of shawls. Possibly, I knit too many shawls. There’s a large basket filled with shawls (and hats and maybe some other stuff) next to my winter coat, but there are two, in particular, that I keep reaching for this winter: Authenticity and Monsoon Shawl.

Both are worsted weight shawls, which is one of my favorite types of projects. Satisfying and kind of easy, while still offering some challenge, because those lace repetitions don’t keep track of themselves.

Authenticity

When I finished this Authenticity shawl last February, I actually decided it was too small and I eventually knitted a second one a few months later. But now that it’s winter again, this smaller Authenticity keeps getting draped over my shoulders and tucked under my jacket and stuffed in my bag “just in case.” I’ve since knitted a sweater with the same Swans Island yarn, and I’ve decided that I really like working with it.

Monsoon Shawl

And the Monsoon shawl — which I just reblocked a couple days ago, and that was a giant PITA but so worth it — is this perfect, acidy yellow-green that I’ve decided goes really well with my olive and black wool coat. I knitted this shawl last summer, often while sitting outside upstate, and I loved working that attached lace edging. The entire project used almost an entire hank of Targhee Worsted, but somehow I still ended up with some +30 yards left over.

Pattern: Authenticity
Yarn: Swans Island All American Collection Worsted (Driftwood)
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Pattern: Monsoon Shawl
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted (Spawn of Scum)
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