Well, this last month has just flown by. Enjoying the last of the warm Fall days, seemingly constant activity, visits from friends and family…all add up to another month gone! But in a good way
But now, as things (hopefully) wind down, we can get back to the real purpose of this blog…Knitting! So today *drum roll please* ACTUAL KNITTING CONTENT!
This is Isbel. The ever popular pattern by the ever astounding Ysolda. Though I am probably the 5 millionth person to knit this pattern, I don’t care. Late to the party just means that something once talked about by many many others, now looks fresh and new again, like meeting up with an old friend. Familiar but like looking at something with new eyes.
And mine does have the unique quality of being made from yarn that was hand dyed by yours truly! The yarn is KnitPicks superwash sock yarn and I dyed it in the crockpot using KoolAid. Though I can’t remember the exact colors and quantities now (I dyed this yarn several months ago) I think it was maybe strawberry, black cherry and orange. I soaked the yarn in water and vinegar, then added it to a warm crockpot and added the drink mix powder just willy nilly wherever I thought it would look good. Then I simmered the yarn til the dye was exhausted. I do remember (see I need to blog about these things as soon as I do them!) that when I pulled the skein out, there were several undyed sections though I had tried to squish the yarn around to get good coverage. So I then redyed it using the same process but with just the red drink mix.
The color is terribly difficult to photograph. At least for my poor photgraphy skills. It’s much more red than you see here, a nice, pretty red, not this orangey-red you see in the photos.
If I had it to do over again (which I am actually doing, just with a different hand-dyed skein) I would have made the shawl bigger using bigger needles. The pattern offers 2 sizes and this is the small size. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough yarn for the larger size, but I ended up with about half a skein of yarn left. I wish I would have at least gone up a needle size from 6′s to 7′s because the shawl doesn’t like to stay on my shoulders and will probably require a shawl pin to keep it in place. Otherwise I’m finding myself fiddling with it constantly.
So overall, I’m quite pleased with the outcome. The pattern couldn’t be simpler or more well written. I think I knit this puppy in just under 3 weeks. It was a perfect way to show off the colors of a hand dyed yarn and the lace was just interesting enough that I didn’t get bored. A perfect combo of TV knitting and quiet quick-the-kid-is-napping knitting! A big thumb’s up for Ishbel!!
As tomorrow is Halloween, I will soon be posting some cutie pics of my little Fireman trick-or-treating. And just as a spoiler, I have so many new FO’s (finished objects for you knitting muggles) I have material to last from now til Christmas! Stay tuned!