ishbel revisited.

Hey, remember when I was afraid of lace? Well, I’m working on that. This week I dug out my ishbel, and started the lace section. I may have had a slight freak-out when my count was off by one at the end of the first chart, but after lots of squinting at my shawl, I’m pretty sure I did something silly near the edging, because everything *seems* to be lined up in the body of the lace section. So I k2tog’ed the offending stitch, and moved onto chart B. Fingers crossed that everything will turn out…

Also, I picked a few more quarts of sugar snap peas, and turned some of them into these most delicious, incredibly simple pickled sugar snap peas again this year. Yum.

The pinwheel blanket has entered blob-land, and I’m well into the second skein. Hoping to keep cranking away on this so that it is done long before the wedding (on July 2).

Boh in a blanket. Or in more traditional dress, depending on your reading of this photograph. This look really seems to highlight Boh’s soulful eyes.

Alright, time to get to work!

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10 thoughts on “ishbel revisited.

  1. Don’t be afraid of lace! You’ve made much more complicated things. Also, I highly recommend a lifeline to calm your nerves a bit.

  2. Good luck with the Ishbel. I had similar issues with that one and several frustrations. I found it tricky to ‘read’ the stitches and stay on course. Though I’m usually doing a million things at once, so it may not have been the pattern’s fault. Such a sweet doggy face.

  3. I’m with Mick: no need to be afraid! It’s all about the rhythm of the stitches and not thinking about it too much. And the big secret: it’s actually not that hard, once you get used to it. Besides, just think how cute Boh will look wrapped up in it!

  4. I do love the color you’ve chosen for the Ishbel. And Boh? I think Boh is morphing into a little old lady from the old country. Right before my eyes.

  5. Ha! I did the same thing with my first Ishbel. Fun knit isn’t it? Make another right after it and you’ll cruise right through it.

    Definitely trying your pickled snap peas. Thanks for the link! A farm stand has popped up one street over and they are selling them.

  6. Oh and religiously count your stitches after each and every row. Occasionally one forgets to psso on the double decrease or leave out a yarn over.

    If the count is off go back and account for each stitch using your chart. Yes laborious but will save you the tinking later. Ask me how I know.

    Also use your st markers on each side of your center stitch. It also makes it easier to count each half of your row twice and then add one for your total st count on each row. I tend to lose track after 100.

    You’ll also figure out how many stitches are increased each row and each chart repeat. I used an index card to keep track. Made it easier to refer to on the second Ishbel I knit. Hopefully I haven’t overloaded you with all this info. PM me if you have questions. :-)

  7. ishbel is beautiful and the pinwheel blanket is perfect – love it! and thanks for the pickled sugarsnap pea link – those little green guys are my obsession at the moment so i’m totally going to try pickling them, how fun!

  8. Hurray for lace! Sometimes you just need to muscle through, k2tog as needed, etc. Ishbel’s looking great. And Boh… what a hoot.

  9. Lovely colour! No need to be afraid of the lace! I found Ishbel especially easy because the lace section is broken up into managable chunks by those small charts. Put in a lifeline after a successfully finished chart /chart repeat; this puts my mind at ease. If you overlook a mistake you can frog to your last backup point ;-) Happy knitting! It’s already looking great!

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