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Ishbel

Posted on October 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm, by knitwit
in Category Knitting, Lace

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!

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Blue Ribbon August

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm, by knitwit
in Category Knitting, Lace, Life

So…still trying to catch up on August.  Let’s do this down and dirty, shall we? 

August is County Fair time in our neck of the woods and we always scramble (last minute of course) to find things to enter.  Brad usually enters flowers, me…knitting of course! Duh!

The judges were especially kind to us this year!

ETA:  For some reason my links are not highlighting in the text, so I’ve put them in italics so you, my readers, can see them.  If you click on the italicized text it will link you to more info.  Hope to have this problem resolved as soon as the resident computer guru can take a look at it!

Brad's Blue Ribbon Day Lillies

Brad's Blue Ribbon winning Champlaign Rose.

My knitting also did quite well:

This is my February Lady Sweater, completed last Fall.  I knitted mine from Patons Classic Merino wool in Leaf green.  Here’s a few more pics taken last year at Falls Park.

February Lady Sweater

February Lady Sweater at Falls Park

The color isn’t very true in any of the pics.  It’s really much brighter green.  I just can’t seem to capture it’s likeness very well!

And my last blue ribbon winner is the Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark.

This little shawlette not only one a blue ribbon, but a special recognition award as well!  Which simply put meant a gift certificate along with the ribbon and the shawl was displayed in a special case with other noteworthy items during the lenght of the Fair.  It’s not best in show, but I’ll take it!

Swallowtail Shawl

I knit this in Jade Sapphire cashmere laceweight, color Autumn Sonata.  The colors are a bit brighter than I would normally wear, but over time they’ve grown on me.  And the yarn is just dreamy…super soft…I mean, hey, it’s cashmere!  I purchased mine at my LYS, it’s really the cream of the crop (.i.e. one skein set me back $45 smackers!), so warm and light and soft…it’s like buttah (as Linda Richman would say LOL!)

And while there were no blue ribbons for Liam…there was a lot for him to enjoy at the Fair too!

Like animals, both exotic…

Fair Camel

 …and not so exotic,

Carousel Rides…

Giant produce… 

 

And even some dancing…

Walk like an Egyptian...

A fun time had by all.  Can’t wait for next year!

L ready for the fair!

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