I made my Ma an Ishbel for mother’s day. Now she has it, I can show it to you. I use the word ‘show’ in purely relative terms however. . .
These are poor photos, taken in rather poor light. I do admire the many peeps who take great pictures of themselves. I am not one of them. My method is as follows: focus the camera on a cushion, set the self timer going, dash across the room throwing cushion to the floor, stick self in place of cushion and assume the pose before the shutter clicks. The results are ‘interesting’. In the picture above, only a small area around my right elbow is actually in focus; you can’t really see the shawl, and I look rather peculiar and glum. Not much I can really do about the peculiar, and one can only imagine what my face was doing in this next shot, as my hands appear to have decided to do a little dance:
Shortly afterwards, I gave up and tried to take a picture of the lace in the mirror:
In any case, it felt rather odd taking photos of myself in what was, by that point, someone else’s shawl, so I stopped. It is probably time I bought remote and tripod. Or just took a picture of my fabulous Ma, (who I will be seeing in a couple of weeks – hurrah!).
Ishbel is a lovely pattern. I particularly like the way Ysolda designed it to combine shallow depth with wide wingspan, meaning that it can feasibly be worn as a scarf. The yarn is a gloriously luxuriant handspun suri, from the Port Mor alpacas, and spun by the wonderful Anne Kemp of Tormisdale Croft on Islay. It is amazing stuff. I love the way the slight variations in fleece colour add depth and texture to the shawl, and Anne’s handspun was very satisfying to knit as well as being great to look at. This was the first time I’d worked with suri, handspun or otherwise, and I found the way that it knits up really intriguing: though the finish is slightly fuzzy (and alpaca-y), there is also something in the feel of the fabric as well as the way it drapes, that is very like raw silk. Curious and not unpleasing. Ma likes it anyway.
Here are the specs.
Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda (worked sections A, B, A, C, D, E)
Needles: 4mm addi lace (so pointy! so speedy!)
Yarn: Handspun suri Alpaca, from Tormisdale croft, Isle of Islay. Around 75 grams.