Ishbel turned out to be one of those projects that was impossible to put down. Once I cast on last Sunday, I was a knitting fiend, putting in some time on a row or pattern repeat whenever possible. It must have been the perfect storm of yarn and pattern, because both were equally pleasing to work with. Ysolda writes a wicked clear pattern that was a joy to follow, and the Madelinetosh sock yarn kept me smiling throughout.
Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Madelinetosh sock yarn in Lettuce Leaf, approximately 300 yards
Needles: US size 6/4mm Addi Turbo Lace
Mods: None. I knit the size small as written. See my notes on Ravelry.
When I finished binding off it seemed small. I knew that it would grow during blocking, but I wasn’t sure it would be big enough to wind around and wear like a scarf. The pre-blocking measurements were 13 x 35 inches (depth x wingspan). I soaked it for a few minutes, then pressed it in a towel and pinned it out on my yoga mat. The dimensions grew to 18.5 x 38.5 inches. It’s still a bit skimpy as a scarf, but I am really enjoying it as my new spring accessory!
If I were to knit this again (as I am feeling wont to do) I would probably knit the large stockinette pattern with the small lace section, or vice versa. First, I only used about 3/4 of the skein, and I loathe having that much yarn left over. Secondly, it is just a little bit shy of wrapping around so that the ends dangle without sliding off over my shoulder.
I love this scarf and would totally marry it if I weren’t already spoken for!
This was my first lace shawl, and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. In the past when I saw lace charts I would instantly feel intimidated. But there was just something about this pattern that spoke to me and said: “Don’t be afraid. You can do this!”. Maybe it was that the pattern called for sock yarn and started out in stockinette. Or that I knew what all the symbols meant and simply needed to pay a little bit of attention every other row. Most likely I’m just a more experienced and less fearful knitter than I once was, especially when it comes to lace. Now I’m looking at some of my sock yarn with a certain lace lust that wasn’t there before…
Now that it’s off the needles I can admit this out loud without ramifications: when it came to the lace section, I didn’t count stitches or use life lines!!! ‘Cause I like to live on the edge like that.