Rumble rumble rumble...oof!
Yep, that's the sound of me jumping on the latest bandwagon as it passes by - there's so many lovely versions of Ishbel out there that I had to make one for myself. And I figured with all the stocking stitch, it would be a great project to take with me to Tasmania - lovely knitting without needing to refer to a chart (well, for a while anyway).
I was looking through my stash working out what yarn to use, when I found this little lovely:
I bought this gorgeous skein in New York on my epic yarn tour over 2 years ago, because I fell in love with the colours - not to mention the softness of this yarn. I wasn't sure whether the colours might be a bit much in the stocking stitch part of the shawl, but now that it's done, I'm in love!
Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague - available as an individual pattern or in her lovely collection Whimsical Little Knits. I made the large size, as I like the versatility it offers - can be worn as a light shoulder shawl or as a scarf/neckerchief style. Very well-written pattern, just make sure you read the pattern as well as referring to the charts, as you repeat some of the charts - so don't just knit each chart once, as they appear on the page!
Yarn: Sirino by The Great Adirondack Yarn Company, a lovely fingering weight (4ply for us Aussies) 50/50 blend of silk and merino. The skein was 150g and 675 yards. I used just over 100g (and here I was putting in lifelines while I was knitting as I was paranoid about running out of yarn!! I've got stacks left over!!). It's gorgeous gorgeous yarn - so soft, with the lovely sheen from the silk and a bit of body and lightness from the merino.
Sticks: 4mm KP Harmony options.
Time: 1 May 2009 - 24 May 2009 - I zoomed through this! (well, that's fast for me!). Being away from home on holiday helped of course, and it was so lovely I wanted to finish it as soon as I could.
What I learnt: This is a very straightforward knit, so not a huge challenge in terms of learning, but it was the first time I'd done a wrong side cast off requiring the p2tog, slip stitch back to left needle, p2tog etc. It makes a really nice chain stitch edge on the front of the piece. It also had a very neat method of starting too.
Overall, I couldn't be happier with this shawl! The only issue I have is that it doesn't really go with anything in my wardrobe ... darn, looks like I might have to buy some new clothes to match it!! What a happy predicament!