knitted: for my mom (Ishbel II)

Ishbel+flare: captured by my kid, originally uploaded by earthchick.

Let’s pretend it hasn’t been nearly two months since my last entry, shall we?

And let’s pretend I haven’t failed miserably at responding to my awesome reader comments on my last few entries, okay?

Let’s also pretend I still have readers at this point, all right?

All righty, then. Here we are: the first thing I knitted in 2010. An Ishbel, for my mom. The photo above was taken by Little Buddha, age 5 1/2. Pretty good, huh?

knitted: Ishbel

yarn: Handmaiden Sea Silk, 1.5 skeins, Ivory
needles: size 3 (this is what I’ve knit Sea Silk on before, and I like how it looks, but I wondered later if I should’ve gone up much bigger to get the shawl significantly larger without so much extra knitting)
beads: silver-lined crystal megatamas from Earth Faire (just on the border)
time: December 25 – January 20
mods: repeated charts A and B two extra times
notes: totally failed on the border points. I need to always remember that I must MUST use a Russian bind-off for any lace, especially if I want it to have points. I bound off loosely, using the bind-off in the pattern, and I blocked it with points, but the points were not sharp in blocking, and didn’t really remain post-blocking

knitted: Ishbel

I have never knit anything for my mother before. She has very particular tastes (as I do), and she doesn’t really need anything (at least not the kind of things knitters make). I knew there was no point in making her something unless I knew for sure it was something she would want or need.

Last summer, she asked if I would knit her a shawl. My mother is a paraplegic and uses a wheelchair. She wanted something large enough to wrap around the back of the wheelchair and still cover her arms.

knitted: Ishbel

In the end, though I made a pretty shawl, I failed on the largeness count. I had thought to make a rectangular stole, but she wanted a triangle, and I had a hard time judging the size. I took multiple measurements of her chair, etc., but still failed. It does go around the back of her chair, and it goes all the way to her wrists, but the part that covers her arms doesn’t really cover her arms. She really needs more of a cape than a shawl.

Still, she liked it, and she plans to wear it with the point in front.

knitted: Ishbel

Well now. That didn’t take so long to write. Maybe I’ll keep this blogging thing up! I have multiple unblogged items from the last couple of months. Let’s see if I can get them blogged before June, eh?

(seriously, y’all, I apologize not so much for my blogging silence as for my utter lack of response to your comments. I realize it takes time and effort to leave a comment on a blog, and I appreciate every single one. I am sorry I haven’t been great about writing back lately.)

11 thoughts on “knitted: for my mom (Ishbel II)

  1. Ishbel is beautiful! And Little Buddha is an excellent photographer.

    Don’t give yourself such a hard time for not responding to comments. You have two five year olds and a job! That is a lot to juggle!

  2. We are still here! Nice to have an update from you!

    That Sea Silk is one of the most delicious yarns I’ve ever used. Even though the shawl didn’t turn out exactly as you had hoped it would, it is very lovely, and I’m sure your mom will wear it a lot!

  3. What a beautiful shawl – your mom is such a lucky woman! I’ll have to investigate the Russian bindoff – I hope to make my first shawl sometime this summer and just love pointy shawls.

    And that first picture – fantastic! I love the way the light is in it – you have quite the photographer on your hands 🙂

  4. The shawl is gorgeous! I do find that the triangle shaped shawls do not keep me warm very well…to get enough coverage over the arms, they have to be really long. A semi-circle or 1/2 hexagon shape would probably suit her better, and be closer to a triangle than a rectangle stole.
    I had trouble with my Sea Silk shawl losing it’s points and crispness. I emailed Handmaiden, and this was her reply:
    “I use a wet cloth ( face cloth) and steam with an iron.myself
    Be careful not to use too much heat as the silk will dull.
    It will not hold it shape and keep the shape for a long time like wool.
    But if you block it out as far as it will grow, it should hold shape better,
    as a lot of the stretch is gone then”
    I haven’t had a chance to try it this way (it’s been winter–need sweaters, not shawls!), but it might help you out.

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