, from Whimsical Little Knitsdesigner: Ysolda Teagueyarn:
Lobster Pot Yarns Laceweight Cashmere in Mayflower Beachneedles:
Addi Turbos #6modifications:
none; I knit the smaller version
You know what’s ridiculous, and by ridiculous perhaps I mean lazy? When it takes you longer to get around to blocking something than it did for you to actually knit said item. Oh, I’ll admit, it was a little slow-going there at the start. For some reason, my brain kept farting and couldn’t wrap itself around the basic beginnings of this simple shawlette. I must have cast on and ripped at least five times when I started. When I was finally done with the stockinette part, I was so relieved to have made it that far and so happy to be done with all those boring stitches that I put it away… for almost TWO MONTHS. When I picked it up again back in August, I just wanted to be done with it. Not because I didn’t enjoy the process of knitting it but because I couldn’t wait to see the finished product. I knew it was going to be lovely. Seeing all those Ishbels out in the blogosphere and all over ravelry and Flickr left me wanting one badly. Knitting a repeat a night, I finished it in less than a week. Then I put it back in its pouch when it has languished waiting to be blocked until a few days ago. I really should have done this much sooner because it feels so dang good now that it’s done. I love it!
Also, look at how different the color looks in a sunny room. It’s almost a warm turquoise, as opposed to the cold, hard teal it is in the detail photos I took in my studio during an overcast day. The reality of it is somewhere in between the two. It’s a pretty rich shade of turquoise.
I only wish that I had used a silk blend. I have been admiring Lauren’s gorgeous Ishbel, and I particularly love the sheen on the yarn she used. It just glows with such a warm, sumptuous luster. I love it! While the cashmere I used is fabulously warm and squishy, it doesn’t have that glorious glow. Also, the day after I blocked it, it started to lose its crispness. After one wear, it’s all puckery, as if I had never even blocked it. Not such a big deal being as I am planning on wearing it “Bandito-style,” but still…. It’s lace, and I would love for its pretty details to show, you know? The next shawl I knit will be silk or a silk blend, for sure.