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.

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WIP Summary: March 2017

Meadow Road
Pattern: Meadow Road
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo (Black)

I’ve finally taken a picture of my Meadow Road pullover. I divided for the front and back on Wednesday night, and I’ve actually knit a couple of inches of the back since taking this photograph. I’m really looking forward to this wearing this sweater this spring. I have a large-ish pile of black Arroyo that I’ve accumulated over several 3-4 hank purchases, and I haven’t been paying much attention to the dye lots, and I already noticed that I have some mixing going on. It’s pretty subtle. I shrugged my shoulders when I saw it. Kind of funny to think that I’m a perfectionist in many other parts of my life, but not in my knitting?

Pathway
Pattern: Pathway
Yarn: Cascade 220 (Christmas Red)

Last scarf. Stay focused. That’s what I keep telling myself. I’m knitting this as a favor to the mister’s step-mother, and I kinda-sorta have a deadline. It’s actually knitting up quickly since the rows are short, but I might not definitely won’t finish by next week. The cable looks nice, but I can’t wait to block this project, because I think it’ll look even nicer once the fabric lies flat. I’m hoping that the columns of purl stitches also stand out more after blocking, because, right now, it’s difficult to see that the cable and textured panel are flanked by two columns of stockinette.


And I’m still working on my second Seasmoke shawl. This is my weekend project, which doesn’t always get attention on the weekends. It’s progressing slowly, but I’ve decided that I’m not in a rush.

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.

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.