I bound off the last of the stitches on Monday night, just before the season premiere of House, and put her in the sink to soak. After a while, I pinned the shawl out on my yoga mat (a little narrow for this project) on commercial breaks. It was dry by the next morning!
Pattern:Ishbel by Ysolda Teague, size Large (see my Ravelry project page here)
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock Yarn in color 853; 1 skein or about 440 yards
Needles: US size 6/4 mm Addi Turbo Lace needles
This project was everything I had hoped it would be the second time around. I wanted a darker, more moody colorway. Check. I wanted it to be larger than the first version so it would stay put when worn as a scarf. Check. And I wanted to get it all done with one skein of great yarn. Check.
The Malabrigo sock yarn was a dream to knit with. The color variation is subtle yet saturated, moving from deep indigo to grapey purples and everything in between. All without stripes or pooling colors showing up in the final product. It is soft and sturdy too, which means it should work great for socks as many knitters have already reported. I have another skein in chocolate brown that hasn’t decided what it wants to be when it grows up yet.
Turns out taking self-timed photos of yourself wearing a shawl is pretty tough. First all I got was a picture of my butt. Next it was more shawl and less butt, but it was out of focus. Finally I got something that wasn’t too blurry or butty (helped along with a little cropping, of course). Here it is:
Oh, I’m just in love with this! Not only do I want to knit more lace shawls immediately, I want to go out and buy a new, more neutral coat to show off my hand-knits this winter. Is that so wrong?