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.
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?
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.
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.