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Today is officially my first day as a postgrad.

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My Ishbel

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague

Yarn: J.C. Rennie Supersoft Cashmere in Lisaa (046) approx. 43 grams

Needles: 4 mm / US 6

This pattern has become like the secret handshake of knitters and I was very excited to start knitting it. I bought this yarn over a year ago from Di Gilpin in St Andrews. I thought I would need a second ball so I popped by when I returned at the end of the summer to pick up another however I used less than one ball for this shawlette. The yarn has a lovely heathery look to it and a slight variation in colour. I’m not sure if this is actually yarn from their machine knit line which seems to contain more lanolin then their hand knitting line, though the yarn had a very sheepy feel to it. For some reason knitting with it took me back to my week long holiday in Scotland’s north west Highlands, a land of sheep and hills and fog which I loved beyond measure.

The pattern is very well written as can be expected from Ysolda, the lace repeats where easy to remember and with a concentrated knitting effort this piece could probably be completed in a day or two in a push. Before blocking the finished piece seems a bit small but I’m sure it will grow and the yarn will soften some with blocking.

I’m very excited to be able to wear this, a mark of a knitter these days. This was another 10 in 2010 project. I decided to finish the piece specifically on 11 August in celebration of my two year Ravelry anniversary, almost like a gift to myself. I don’t know if I plan to knit another but it will definitely remain on the books as a last minute gift knit or if I really want another one. I would be interested in doing a small/large hybrid or one in lace in the future.

Flowers of Edinburgh

Pattern: Leyburn Socks by MintyFresh

Yarn: Regia Color 4-ply in Papillion (5025) approx. 74 grams

Needles: 2.75 mm / US 2

I bought the yarn for these socks way back in October of last year, one of the first sock yarns I had bought after completing my first pair. I’m not a huge fan of variegated yarns but an example on Ravelry proved that this would be the perfect yarn for the pattern. I have always eyed this pattern and wanted to knit it, the fact that it is toe up was troubling at first as I’d never done it before. This pattern was a series of firsts for me; first toe up, first short row shaping and first magic loop. All of the firsts are amazing. Being able to try on your socks as you knit them is great; short rows aren’t as hard as they seem at first though I’m still getting to grips with the purl side row (they ended up inside out on my second sock) and magic loop is actually quite simple and there are no dpns to lose or pull out. I’m not sure how you would knit a heel flap on magic loop though so I might stick with my trusty dpns for that.

The pattern itself is written well though can be confusing if you don’t read it carefully. I loved the provisional cast on that is recommended. The lattice pattern is very visually appealing and yet very easy to do, I enjoyed knitting it. The small number of stitches on the foot, at first seemed to be too few but fit my foot wonderfully, I didn’t go all the increases for the leg as it was way too loose so only increased up to 66 stitches for the leg which seems to fit.

Overall I really enjoyed this pattern though it took entirely too long to knit (my fault, not the pattern). I would love to knit again with a more subtly variegated yarn. This was also a 10 in 2010 project so I’m very glad to knock another one off the list.