Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Holiday FOs

Pattern: Gretel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy in colorway Black Parade
Needles: US 5 and 7
Amount: less than 1 ball
Mods: None

I whipped this up for myself before heading north for my vacation. It came in handy too as it was pretty cold at home. The only thing I didn't like was that the yarn bled onto my needles, turning them black, before I even washed the FO! It's a beautiful yarn, but I don't think I will ever want to use it again. I always get sad when my bamboo needles get stained.

* Can you spot Audrey in the background?

* Miles of lace

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in colorway Polar Morn
Needles: US 6
Amount: ~ 360 yards
Mods: None

This was made with the same yarn and size (small) as my first Ishbel, but somehow it came out bigger, especially the lace section. When I made the pink Ishbel for my Mom's Christmas gift, I had to sacrifice my US 6 circulars due to knitting too tightly and the stitches not being able to slip over the join where the needles meet the plastic. Ever since that experience, I have been paranoid about knitting more loosely and so I most likely overcompensated by knitting too loosely on this one. I think it actually "blooms" more with the open lace. Also, my bind-off was a bit too tight as I was unable to create much of the "points" with my blocking pins. But I still love this Ishbel as I feel like it gives off a different look/vibe than the first one. Isn't it strange that knitting can rarely be identical even when using the same materials as before?

In other knitting news, I am still chugging along on my second Gathered Pullover. I also bought more Malabrigo Lace last week from Little Knits when they finally had some shipments in of the darker shades such as Paris Night and Pearl Ten. I've never seen those colorways in person, but I really want to make my mom a dark-colored Ishbel that could go well with more of her outfits. I really should diversify my shawl knitting (maybe go for that infamous Swallowtail), but I can't seem to stop knitting Ishbels. :-D The thing I love most about Ishbel is the fact that it's wider than it is deep, making it easier to wear as a scarf. Can anybody recommend similar shawl patterns with that feature?


mle said...

Beautiful FOs! I love the yarn colors you've used!

Yarn It said...

Your Ishbel is beautiful! It looks so pretty and delicate with the yarn you choose. The had it gorgeous - amazing color. I think I need to order it!

betty said...

Those are great FOs. I really like the Ishbel and a lot of these "shawlettes", but I just cannot convince myself to make one because I don't think I'll ever wear one.

If the Paris Night on the lace weight is the same as with the worsted weight, it's a great color. It looks boring indoors with lower lighting, but fabulous in the sun. (My long kimono vest is Paris Night color)

Peggy said...

Nice beret!

Thanks for commenting on my blog. There was no email address to reply to so I'm replying here. :)

The pattern I used for my cabled fingerless mitts used to be free on Elann but no longer there. It's called Soft Diamond Fingerless Mitts. You may need to ask the designer: If you have ravelry, the link is here

Journeying Five said...

i love your gretel, i really really would like to make one!