The Ishbel by Ysolda Teague is my go-to for special occasion gift shawls. Love this pattern. Before I know it, I’m at the lace sections, so it feels quick to knit up. This one is in Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk, @880 yds. LOVE this wool, soft and pleasant, but light. Added beads to the YO’s of only the first row in each section. Then to the YO’s of all rows in the final section. Pretty.
I want to add monogram beads and will update this post after that. There’s a bead shop in town, so I’ll pop by this week.
I love to make stitch markers, but rarely have the time to drag it all out and get going. I really spread my crafts out when I work on something, so using the dinner table, or even expecting dinner, can get to everyone. I try to be considerate usually and luckily we had such a rainy week, no one seemed to care. Many are sold, but I have a few left. Here are some of the ones that happened that day…
I took a class at a local bead shop last week and learned some basic techniques to beading. I had a lot of beads and some were genuine stones, like aquamarine and pearls, but it felt like they were wasted sitting in small bags. They were very nice about me having some of my own beads, and I bought some small crystals, wires, a clasp and spacers. I had enough of everything left over, so it made sense to make earrings to match the bracelet. FANTASTIC!
A few of the local knitters went to the bead store today and we met there, then had lunch after. I picked up some different findings, but I had to catch myself a few times getting crazy. It still was a little expensive to me, but maybe because I’m not a seasoned pro. On yarn, I rarely use the word expensive because, well – it’s yarn.
Some stitch markers made today…
These are for a friend who is going through a tough time right now and could use something spiritual. I will send them out Monday.
I really like playing with all the beads, but with dollhouses, sewing, crocheting and knitting… is there really a need for another hobby? Yes, I think there is. 🙂