Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Res Completa: Ishbel the First

Because no one seems to be able to make just one of these and, in fact, I have already made a second.



Pattern: Ishbel, by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Habu Textiles A-1 Tsumugi Silk, ~265 yards of color 38
Needles: US 6 circs
Start to Finish: April 4-8, 2009

Mods: Because I didn't have as much yarn as was called for in the pattern, I did fewer stockinette increase rows, then fewer (horizontal) repeats of the lace pattern. I would tell you all about the extensive math I did in order to figure out exactly how many increases to cut out, but in the end, I was 6 stitches off so just did some decreases on the last row to get to the number I needed for the lace. Oh well.

Notes: First of all, this yarn was awesome and unlike anything I've ever used before. I won it during Chris' blog giveaway earlier this year, received it when we met at Stitches West, and was thrilled to knit with it. It has such a neat texture, kind of crunchy and soft at the same time, and almost looks like a tweed. Because of its laceweight-ness, it made a light-weight Ishbel (my second is the heavier weight version), and it will be perfect for wrapping around the neck on a hot day (when I go to Turlock. But I'm sure it'll be great on cold San Francisco days, too). I didn't do such a great job pinning out the bottom into points, so a re-blocking is in order, but here is what it looks like stretched out anyway:



Being still a little green in the lace department, this was a wonderful project to wet the feet a bit. Plus, 1,058 Ravlers can't be wrong...this is one fun and adorable little shawl.

16 comments:

Aline la Bergère said...

Pretty!

Emilee said...

Oh it is so beautiful and I think the color is PERFECT! >_< I'm too scared to try lace weight...hehe
<3 Em

Susan said...

Beautiful job!

peaknits said...

What a gorgeous Ishbel! Nice work!

hibou said...

Love that colour choice!

a friend to knit with said...

oh!!! another GORGEOUS triangle!
i love it...

the Lady said...

Cute post!

Team Knit ! said...

SO pretty! I love the tweed-y look to the yarn.

- Julie

CanarySanctuary said...

It's so sweet! And the colour is really cool. I know a few people who've done the Ishbel, and all love it too :)

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Someday I'm going to try Habu yarns ~ they have some gorgeous kits.

That yarn sure made a lovely Summer accent scarf! Enjoy :)

Ella said...

Lovely! I dig the tweedy look too...

Philigry said...

oh, i love that. the yarn and color look so beatiful! perfect for summer!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

That is beautiful! Perfect for summer with all those evening barbecues!

knitthehellout said...

Lovely lovely work. I'm in the midst of my first Ishbel and I may give it away, so I'll HAVE to do a second one...at least...

Jessica said...

I really do love that shawl...a perfect knit item for summer!

pursuitoffiber said...

So cute. I have more of that yarn and will need to make another Ishbel to match yours. Its the perfect thing to wrap around the neck.