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Ishbel

I bought a skein of Madelinetosh sock from Loop ages ago and posted a picture of it in the Never-ending tunic post. I’ve finally started using it for the pattern I had always intended to make with it: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague. The pattern is lovely, versatile and so easy to knit. I started it on Tuesday and I’m already on section C. I had a few issues with the purl to knit YO’s, but this website Let me explaiKnit helped a lot.

Ishbel day 3

I can’t really stretch out my knitting because the needle isn’t long enough, but it’s taking shape very quickly

Ishbel day 3 detail

Although you can buy patterns individually from Ysolda’s website, or off Ravelry, I would definitely recommend buying her little books. I love nearly everything in them, and have made a few of them already. I’m also really looking forward to her new book¬† that seems like it’ll have more jumpers and cardigans than accessories and toys.

On a completely unrelated note, the other day we had fog! It’s not like I’ve never seen fog before, but it’s quite rare to get fog in central London. What would usually be a view to Battersea power station looked like this:

Tuesday view

You can’t even see the river properly, and this was after the fog had lifted quite a bit. Also, they’ve said on the news that this winter looks like it’ll be colder than last year (which was the coldest in 30+ years!). That just means more jumpers, mittens, scarves and hats to knit, yay!

Too many projects on the go!

I know I shouldn’t start too many new things, but I couldn’t wait any longer.

I’ve started on a new summer dress (yup, I’m crazy!)

Newest project

I’m making view E (the yellow one), but in this strawberry fabric

Newest project

I’ve also been doing a little snood knitting in the evenings. It seems like it should be just about long enough, so I’ll start the decreases soon I think.

Snood

I also decided to use up the leftover ball of Rowan I’ve had lying around. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I love hearts. So, that’s what I made. I just started knitting and thankfully it turned out pretty heart shaped!

Heart prototype

In due course I might put up the directions on here. It’s really easy and fast to make, so I’m thinking they’d be good for the Christmas tree.

I realised I never put up any pictures of the nightdress I made. This was the easiest and fastest thing to make! I think it took me less than an hour to sew together.

Nightdress

And in case you’re wondering, yes, that’s a heart in the back (told you I love them!). I used leftover material from an apron I’ve yet to embellish, to make it easier to distinguish between the front and back.

Nightdress detail

I rummaged through my growing knitting box earlier and dug out the Veyla mitts I started AGES ago (last year sometime?).¬† I’d started the main bit without blocking the cuff, so I ripped it back and will block before knitting. Hopefully it’ll be easier that way.

Veyla cuff

So now it’s back to Grant and Hepburn (yay!) and some old projects I’d put down and not come back to in a while.

1st ever design

So here’s a peek at my prototype mitten. It’s also got an extra cuff bit to add on the bottom, but I’ll leave that bit as a surprise.

I’ve finished the charts, but need to knit it in a bigger size to test it properly. It’ll be finished and up for sale on Ravelry soon.

I’ve also purchased a new skirt from the vintage shop

New vintage skirt

I think they guessed it was from the 80’s. My new green/red duffle’s still in the drycleaners, but I’m looking forward to the cold weather and finally being able to wear it!

I’ve also been doing more crochet and have so far made this

Mystery crocheted ball

Any guesses as to what little creature this will turn out to be?