It was a good weekend for starting and making good progress on new projects. I love the feeling of excitement when I get interested in a new pattern. I start dreaming about knitting it, stalking finished objects on Ravelry, imagining what yarns I could make it in…
Sometimes this process is satisfying enough that I already feel like I have knit the pattern. More often than not, however, it only creates a need to knit it immediately, no matter what else I already have on the needles.
Such was the case for the past week with Ishbel, the lovely new shawl from Ysolda Teague. I love much of her work, but have never actually knit one of her designs. Yesterday, after days of dreaming and planning, I finally purchased the pattern (okay, I got the ebook and the hard copy…Easter present?). I immediately wound up a skein of Madelinetosh sock yarn in Lettuce Leaf, a bright acidic green perfect for spring knitting.
I thought I could wait to cast on, but decided about to do so about 1/2 an hour before going to my Sunday afternoon knitting group. And after a few hours of knitting, I have finished the stockinette section:
Ishbel is my first shawl, so it’s fun to watch it grow from a tiny 3-stitch cast on to something resembling a shawl. Now I’m gathering my wits to get started with the charted lace pattern. I’m not exactly a novice in this department, but still green enough to have some reservations. Thank goodness for the help of those who have gone before me!
On Saturday (pre-Ishbel frenzy) I sat down with my Hemlock Ring blanket. I started this a week or two ago, but didn’t get very far. It requires a bit of focus, and I just wasn’t in that sort of mood. I knit a stockinette sock instead, much more my speed at the time. But on Saturday the mood struck, and I made a few inches of progress. It’s so fun!
This should be an interesting project to watch change and grow. I have 4 balls of Malabrigo yarn to devote to it, and will cast off when I’m about out of yarn. It’s only once the whole thing is off the needles that I will know exactly how big it has gotten.
So, that’s what I’ve got on the needles at this moment. Something about the sunshine, blooming flowers, and feeling like a fresh start has me wanting to cast on about 87,000 new projects!