September 21, 2009


Well, see, here's what happened ...

I was happily working on the Baltic Sea Stole and of the 13 sets, I'm on set 9, but each set has 32 rows. After awhile, though the repetitive nature of the knitting gets on my nerves. Don't get me wrong, I love the stole - adore it, in fact. But I'm almost at the point of sticking the knitting needle through my hand. Can you spell b-o-r-i-n-g?

So I side tracked. I decided that it would be a good idea not to impale my hand and to pick up something that would give me instant gratification. Enter Ishbel. The pattern was a gift from my friend Sojourn Knitter (thank you!).

So here is my progress - 50% done in just 2 days:

I'm using Knit Picks Gloss in burgundy, fingering weight, 70% merino / 30% silk, and US#6 needle. All I can tell about the pattern is that it's as simple as pie because the pattern is written and charted (I prefer written) . It comes in 2 sizes, the scarf and the shawl, I'm making the scarf. I love the pattern and it's going to make a nice holiday gift.

The yarn is a whole other thing. I'm not loving it. The yarn is slippery, and the fact that it has silk in it, I was expecting more of a shine, but there's very little of that. It's got a very weak twist, and I was thinking it wouldn't be good for socks, it's much too soft.

I bought 2 skeins and I'm hoping the scarf uses most of it so I don't have to waste any time figuring out what to do with it.

So now I have 2 projects to bounce from and that's going to allow me to keep my sanity and now I can safely say that only the good mojo is going to go into Audra's Baltic Sea Stole


  1. The thing wis scarves and rectangular shawls is, that it gets boring very quickly, even if the end result is lovely.
    I think this is a shawl I'll pass on, not because i don't like it, but because so many have made it already. I'm pretty bored with my knitting at the moment.

  2. Wow, that was super fast! Are you secretly holding the patent to electric needles? I'm in awe!