There was an unexpected twist to my travels this summer, so that I found myself packing at the last minute and without much time to consider my options for travel projects. Fortunately, I knew that I would find a familiar yarn shop within walking distance once I arrived at my destination in Paris.
Once there, surprise! The yarn shop in question was about to shutter its doors. This would have been very sad, if not for the fact that a massive close-out sale was going on. This was summer in Paris so warm, heavy and chunky were all out of the question, but I promptly fell in love with the yarns above, both from Lang yarns. The pink colorway is Jawoll Magic and the grey is Jawoll Magic Dégradé, both of them sock yarns, made of a very soft 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon.
I bought a couple of skeins of each impulsively, without any precise plan. For a while I contemplated making a simple shawl out of the grey alone, but I liked the color combination too much to keep them apart, and I wanted to come up with a project that would showcase the light to dark variations in each yarn. I settled on a very simple, lightweight version of the classic log cabin we all know and love -- and knit. Never mind that I have already knitted this pattern here , here , here, and again here, not to mention a few variations like this one or that last one . There are so many ways to make it entertaining: a knitter could change the number of garter stitch ridges in each log, use many colors or, on the contrary, stick with a monochromatic palette, or even change stitch patterns for some of the logs.
For this blanket, my goal is to end up with a rectangle large enough to cover a twin bed, which means that the blanket needs to be much longer than it is large. I also want the center rectangle to be significantly off-center. In order to achieve both of these results, I have made the following modification to the original pattern from Mason-Dixon Knitting: instead of being all the same size, my logs are all multiple of threes (that's just a personal quirk but I think it yields a more eye-pleasing result), going in width from 3 to 12 ridges each. By now I have placed enough narrow logs on one side and much wider ones on the other, so that that very first dark pink block is already significantly off center. By the same token, I have started, and will continue, to place more 9 and 12-ridge logs at the top and bottom of the blanket, in order to achieve significant length. It is a bit tricky to keep the appearance of randomly-sized logs as opposed to one homogeneous size, but I like the challenge. After all, what else would there be to obsess about while knitting this particular project if I was operating completely on automatic pilot?
The blanket got my full attention earlier in the Fall. These days the denim cabled cardi is feeling the love more frequently because, well, even I get tired of shapeless blocks of infinite garter stitch, but when I am knitting in company, it is the ideal project. I enjoy seeing how the ombré effects of each yarn show up, and the light weight of the yarn makes it quite pleasant even as the project slowly grows on my lap.