This week I have been a monogamous knitter. This rarely happens, and I’m enjoying the benefits of focusing on one project. I can see progress much faster than in the past when I set this project aside to knit other, quicker projects. I started this back in July, just before heading off on vacation, thinking it would be a quick knit. After all, I had knit this once before relatively quickly! This version has been on the needles about 2 months, and the weather is getting cooler; I felt motivated to finish this up so I can add it to my wardrobe asap!
The pattern I am speaking of is Ishbel, a viral knit that has enchanted knitters across the globe. It is enticing for several reasons: it’s knit with fingering weight yarn; the lace is interesting yet manageable; the size is right to wear as a scarf. I’m sure we all have our own reasons for knitting one (or more) of these lovely woolen accessories!
I am knitting this version out of a skein of Malabrigo sock yarn in Abril. The first version I made was the smaller size, and I have been hoping to eke out the large from this skein. Today I finished up the last repeat before beginning the edging, so I am well on my way to finishing up in a couple of days. Fingers crossed that I have enough yarn! I think I’ll add a life line at this point; that way if I run out of yarn, I can do the edging in a complimentary color and it might make sense.
When I haven’t been working away on this shawl, I’ve been at the sewing machine. This week I’ve added a few more finished items to the baby pile: flannel receiving blankets! I lucked out on a 40% off sale at JoAnne Fabrics a few weeks ago and really stocked up on flannel. The fabrics really run the range of colors and patterns, and I picked what I liked regardless of gender implications. So no, I don’t know what’s brewing in there!
I haven’t been following a pattern, as such. Each blanket is made from a yard of fabric, with about 4 inches cut off from the selvage edge to create a more square shape. Then I’ve been ironing the edges into a 1/2-inch fold twice and then sewing up the sides. Easy-peasy and much faster than knitting a blanket!
Ishbel is sitting on the ottoman across the room, just staring at me… better get back to work!