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Winter Nights

In early December, I decided I deserved a break from holiday knitting, cast-on for Ysolda Teague’s Damson, and then promptly messed it up. I frogged and re-knit it, only to realize that, even with pattern adjustments, I still didn’t have enough yarn in my Colinette Jitterbug. So I frogged it yet again, and cast-on in a different color, only to find out that my glorious Madeline Tosh yarn, which looks like jeweled jelly in the skein, looked a bit more like mad tie-dye when knit. I threw the whole thing in my knitting cupboard and decided to make myself another Ishbel as consolation.

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in Corvid
Needles: Size 6

I’ve been saving this particular color for something special. It’s stunning, a mixture of purples and greens, like the wings of a bird swirled into inky black.

There’s something extremely soothing about the simplicity of this pattern. It’s so easy, but it yields a truly beautiful piece of wearable art.

Somehow, I doubt I’ll be stopping at three.

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A bit of bounce

Yikes, it’s been awhile since I posted here. I have been knitting, though, and have been enjoying the time to turn out finished objects. I’m also blessing my greedy grasping self foresight in laying up a stock of lovely yarn over the past two years. I’ve always enjoyed knitting, but it’s become a real comfort lately, something I can pick-up in the middle of the night or use to occupy my hands when restless. And, when knitting a gorgeous bit of extravagance in pure silk, it can become a bit of bounce.

Silken Ishbel

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Pure Silk, 2.5 skeins, silvery-blue
Needles: Erm, size 6 (I think…it’s been awhile!)

Silken Ishbel

I blocked this three times, but I never could get the points to go pointy. I eventually gave up and now I quite like the way the ends seem to have gentle waves.

Silken Ishbel

So nice next to the skin!

Silken Ishbel

You can see the variations in the silk, where the yarn gets a bit slubbier. I’ve noticed on Ravelry that this seems to upset people, but I rather like it.

Silken Ishbel

It looks lovely (and is easier to walk about in) held up with my grandmother’s winged brooch.

Silken Ishbel

And, in a first for me, a photo of my back…that’s a happy back.

OMG

Shocking! She has a back!

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Rosy Ishbel

For the past few weeks, I have been thinking about, reading about, wandering through, and dreaming about gardens. It started innocently enough…I stumbled onto a tiny garden nestled between a theatre and a community center, and wandered around, touching trailing vines and standing dazzled in front of a wall of climbing bell flowers. And the obsession began. In my mind, I’ve been wandering through fields of bluebells, planting vegetable gardens, laughing over Mrs. M and the residents of Allways, exploring again the magic of The Secret Garden, and discovering the mysteries of The Forgotten Garden. The madness was bound to go to my head, and inevitably, my needles. The result was a beautiful rosy shawl, in the softest and most petal-smooth blend of linen and mohair.

Pattern: Ishbel, by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: 1.5 skeins Louet KidLin Lace in Rose Bloom
Needles: Size 6

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