a new baby blanket and Ishbel 2.1

Hi everyone!

Long time no see! Not much going on here actually, I am just mainly working an studying. It’s been extremely warm here lately, so I’ve also taken a chance to travel a bit around during the weekeneds and search for a more comfortable temperature.

Knit/crochet-wise, I have finally started working again on some projects. First, I have started a baby blanket which is a custom order due in october. It’s a solid colour blanket… I am not sure I am liking the outcome so far though. What do you think? It’s not that I don’t like it… i was just feeling like trying some new granny square patterns, but we already had selected a solid colour yarn, so i’ll have to go with it. Pattern is Greta’s Blankie ๐Ÿ™‚

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Moreover, I was feeling like knitting lately, so i decided to give a third try at the Ishbel pattern, by Ysolda Teague. I have frogged the one I had made a while back, cause it turned out to be too small (see this post) and my cat had destroyed part of it, and i have started it all over. i have now picked the bigger size and i have finished the first lace pattern repeat.

It’s a bit hard to photograph cause it is curling a bit, but here is a picture I took some days ago. In the meantime i already came to the orange/brown shade. i love love love self striping yarn!

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I am planning to go buying some new colourful yarn soon. I actually can’t wait for the cold season to start crocheting regularly again! I hope to get new custom orders in soon, they are my fave ones, it’s a nice feeling when you can make a customer happy ๐Ÿ™‚

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I love you kitty, but…

Have you ever had any of your FO’s ruined by a pet?

My mother in law keeps making fun of me saying that I just love the knitting/crocheting process, but I don’t care what’s the outcome, since she’s never seen me wearing anything that I’ve made for myself.

Well, that could be true, but I have a better explanation for it: my cat is a monster. ๐Ÿ™‚

In the 2 years that she’s been living with us she has ruined a cardi, my Manos Urchin, a huge amount of blythe hats and now… this

Yep, that’s the Kauno Ishbel that I had knitted a while ago and finally wanted to block in order to prove my in law wrong. ย I swear I left the cat alone in the same room with the shawl for not longer than 15 seconds and this was the outcome ;( and not happy with the result she started rubbing her head and back on it leaving it covered with white hair.

As you can notice, she still managed to look totally adorable while doing so O.O

 

You can’t really be pissed at animals for ruining something, I guess, still I have been disappointed the whole day after it happened ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I don’t know if it can be fixed but I guess not. Once more, hours of knitting have gone to waste.

Can anyone relate to that? Tips? Experiences?

I’d love to hear your stories!

Ishbel – last post about it, I promise! :P

Here are the long awaited pictures of my finished Ishbel!

I still have to block it, I’m so lazy with such stuff.. I just can’t be bothered! lol I will do my best to do that before my holiday is over though, since the shawl has been finished since february already and it’s been sitting around for MONTHS now! Shame on me!

Anyway, I am so proud of myself for completing it. When I first started knitting I was terrified and yelling “OMG, I droppedyetย  ANOTHER stitch!!” all the time and now look ๐Ÿ™‚ Pretty impressive if I think that I learnt knitting over Youtube! lol

I actually wonder how many people learnt knitting/crocheting the same way… ๐Ÿ™‚
Ishbel - finished

Ishbel - finished

Ishbel - finished

Pattern of the week: thinking of… twisted edge shawlette!

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re having a nice and relaxing sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ I am currently in Italy visiting my parents and well, the weather has been awful so far… it’s currently raining cats and dogs but it should get better during the upcoming week, so YAY!

This week’s pattern is again a reflection of my mood, I guess ๐Ÿ™‚ Since it looks a lot more like November than May right now, I have started knitting a shawlette and I thought I would share the project + pattern!
I still had 1.5 skeins of Silky Merino Malabrigo left after knitting my Ishbel (BTW, the shawl is still here, so expect pics of the finished product soon!), so I decided to use them to knit another shawl. It’s eventually going to my mom if she likes it… though I love knitting shawls, they don’t exactly match my style, so I have been givingt away as presents the ones I have made so far ๐Ÿ™‚

But now, on to the pattern!

Twisted Edge Shawlette

I knitted a couple of rows while watching Fried Green Tomatoes earlier today ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a very easy pattern, though I think that row 13 has a mistake: it should be “knit to marker, m1, sm, C4L”, otherwise the next row makes no sense to me. I’ll email the author about that… we’ll see what she says ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is my shawlette so far
Shawl

some more Ishbel… :) – WIP

Quick update on my ishbel shawl… I finally had a chance to knit a bit more and I’m really happy of the way it’s turning out ๐Ÿ™‚

Almost finished the second repetition of panel A… just 2 more rows to go! I’m currently wondering if I should start doing the edging already or go on a bit more. My intention is to make a scarflette and not a shawl, but it looks a bit small so far… I wonder how much will it stretch after blocking o_O

Ishbel shawl in Kauni - WIP

Ishbel shawl in Kauni - WIP

New Ishbel – WIP

Remember I was knitting a “Ishbel” shawl in February which was driving me crazy? lol

Well, after finishing it (I don’t have pics of it sorry… i left it at my mum’s cause i didn’t have the time to block it and was looking all wonky… lol) i decided to make another one for me ๐Ÿ™‚ i am not particularly fond of shawls, but I enjoy scarfs and scarflettes, so i figured that I had knitted a “smaller” version of it it would have looked like a nyce textured scarf.

I started the project in February, when knitting a scarf was still making sense, but sice i got pretty busy in the meantime I had to put it by side… now that it’s almost April I am feeling a bit demotivated about going on with it, but I’m confident that if I hold on to it. I’ll have a cool scarf to wear in autumn just in the right colours ๐Ÿ™‚

The last time that i went to Italy in February I bought 3 skeins of kauni yarn in super cool colorways ๐Ÿ™‚ One going from some greyish white to purple, one in the tomes of oranges and browns which remind of autumn leaves, and one ย in purple-brown-caramel… oh, they’re so beautiful that it’s almost a pity to knit that yarn!

Kauni yarn

I picked the middle one for my Ishbel shawl… I just came around to finish the first pattern repetition… but I love how it’s turning out!

Ishbel Shawl in Kauni - WIP

Ishbel – WIP

Hi everyone!

I know I haven’t updated in a couple of weeks now, but I had a pretty stressful period at work, I basically worked for some 10 days in a row, which left me little time for hobbies and blogging ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Anyway, I am on holiday this week and I’m enjoying some relaxing time at home with my parents and knitting a lot (though I should be studying, but I can’t be bothered) o_o

My mum wanted to knit something for my mother in law for (last) Christmas, so when i visited last time in Nov we went to a wool store and bought 3 skeins of a cool emerald Malabrigo silky merino with the idea of knitting a shawl for her.

We browsed Ravelry for the ideal pattern and we ended up picking “Ishbel”, by Ysolda Teague. Her patterns are very popular and I must say I usually like them, though I don’t particularly love knitting them… I really don’t know why!

My mum knitted the first 3 panels before Xmas, but then realized she had messed up somehow the stitches counting and the shawl was looking uneven and wonky, so she put it by side.

I decided to pick it up again as I came here to visit and give it another try ๐Ÿ™‚ I frogged all the lace pattern and started all over. I must admit that it took me a whole day to get a hang of it, but I finally finished the first 2 panels by the evening! lol The pattern is not that difficult, but you need to be constantly concentrated or you’ll easily mess up… not what I would call a relaxing knitting project, but I am determined to finish it nevertheless!

This is how it looks so far ๐Ÿ™‚
Ishbel - WIP

Ishbel - WIP

Ishbel - WIP

And here is the usual link to the pattern on Ravelry

I also got as a present from my mum a skein of KAUNI wool, more or less in this colourway (pic from internet). It goes from brown, to caramel, to pink and purples… it’s super cool! I have in mind to knit another Ishbel for me out of it if I ever manage to finish this one!