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Sage Ibis Stole Beginnings


It was a great weekend, but I don't have much knitting to show for it. On Friday I had the stunning realization that not only did we have our big Christmas party on Saturday, but I had done almost none of my Christmas shopping. So Friday and Saturday were devoted to the party (this is my one big "do" every year... two Christmas trees, catered food from an incredible Polish deli down the road from us, Kasia's (if you need pierogi, this is the place you want to go!), a cookie exchange and a bunch of wonderful friends. It's hard to find a better way to spend a Saturday evening.

Today was a mall day. Too crowded to walk around the mall with my little sock project, plus I had to carry stuff. Ugh. Normally I don't wait this long. And I'm not quite done yet...

I did sneak a little work in on a simple project, however -- a sage green Ibis stole that I am working on for myself. It's based on the pattern from the last Knit Picks catalog, but modified to be a little less airy. The scarf in Knit Picks uses one skein, I plan to use three. Here's a shot of the progress so far:

Fuzzy Green Happiness

This is really easy. Cast on 40 stitches with a size 15 (US) needle (this was a hint from Rob so that the bottom edge is not narrower than the body of the stole) Switch to a size 10 (US) needle. Knit 1 row. On the next row, Knit 1 stitch, YO 2 until there is one stitch left. Then knit the last stitch. On the third row, knit all the stitches that were knit on the previous row, letting the YO's drop. You repeat this 3 row interval until you get tired or run out of yarn.

Want to see a close up? The sage color shows itself off a lot better than the cordovan color did.

Hold Onto Your Hats... it's a Drop Stitch Ibis Swatch!

I just love this yarn. Soft and fuzzy and a little bit glitzy. And I think it's going to look great going to work over a black turtle. Initially I was only going to do two skeins, but I am feeling ambitious (and I was able to score another skein from ThreadBear, where I first purchased this wonderful yarn), and this will be a great project to work on when we're on our way to Ann Arbor to spend the holidays with my folks.

Another reason I like this project is that it can carry itself for multiple seasons. The color works year round, and the yarn is light-weight enough to be at least three season compatible. I didn't have much use for shawls, stoles and wraps before I made Charlotte, but lately I've been finding these sorts of garments more and more appealing.