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.

WIP Summary: February 2017

Grettir
Pattern: Grettir
Yarn: Ístex Léttlopi (1407, 9421, 9426, 0867)

When we last left off, I was knitting the sleeves of my Grettir sweater, and, in the last month, I’ve also completed the body and the short rows that precede the yoke. All that’s left is the fun part: the yoke. (And the finishing.) Unfortunately, unless I do some serious time mismanagement, I won’t be able to finish Grettir this month, and I suppose there’s no real rush, because the weather has gone all springy on us, I doubt that I’ll get to wear this before next winter.

Carina (WIP)
Pattern: Carina
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (Onyx)

I frogged a project that had been languishing in my long-ignored WIPs pile and cast on Carina. Of course, my first hank of Onyx is noticeably more grey than the second, and any normal knitter would probably do something to fix this. But I’ve decided to leave it alone, because #lazyrecklessknitter — and because I realized this winter that maybe I don’t actually care about mismatched dye lots. If my Rosemont Cardigan has taught me anything (apparently it has not taught me not to use mismatched dye lots), it has been that dye lot differences pale in comparison to getting real satisfaction and frequent wear out of me-made garment.

Ginkgo (WIP)
Pattern: Ginkgo
Yarn: Cascade 220 (Tangerine Heather)

I’m not a scarf knitter. I get very little enjoyment out of knitting them, but I’m doing this as a favor for my boyfriend’s step-mother. (There’s a second scarf in a different to follow.) Truthfully, it’s not so bad, but I probably won’t be knitting more scarves anytime soon.


I also cast on a second Seasmoke shawl in 100% alpaca. It’s soft and black, but I don’t love knitting with alpaca. As a result, this project isn’t seeing much action.

I’m still chipping away at my Meadow Road pullover, which has taken up residence at my boyfriend’s apartment, where I basically only get to work on it one day a week — at most. The pattern is very intuitive, and I used up my first hank of yarn this past weekend. (Of course, I didn’t have a second on hand.) I’m considering moving Seasmoke over to his apartment, so that I can put more time into Meadow Road, which would be the perfect sweater for this high-40°Fs / low-50°Fs weather we’ve been having.

And finally, yesterday morning I decided to frog my Brio-Garter Hat. Frogged but not forgotten, this pattern is going back in my queue, so that, later this year, it can get the attention it requires and I can get the brioche practice that I want.

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.