Irrepressible Isobel

The name Isobel is one of my faves. I don’t know many folks with this name, but it is so lovely and the associations I have with it are all positive in the best ways. For instance, who doesn’t adore Isobel Crawley? She’s a staunch feminist and marches to the beat of her own drum, and virtually always shows more empathy than anyone else around her. She holds her own with the Dowager Countess – a thing not everyone can manage – and doesn’t let herself be dissuaded by challenges.

Of course there is also a real life Isobel who is awesome, and that is Carrie Anne‘s amazing daughter. Who else could embody both Kiki and Wasp so effortlessly? She is also a young woman of strong opinions and a kindred picky eater spirit (don’t let the foods touch!) like myself. Her penchant for pink inspired one of my color choices for this sweater as well.

ANYWAY, all of this inspired me to design a Blythe sweater that is no-nonsense but elegant: introducing the Isobel Sweater for Blythe

Isobel Sweater for Blythe

This is a pullover sweater, meaning that it pulls over Blythe’s body – no way she is going to handle something being pulled over her head. The generous ribbed collar gives it plenty of room to stretch and fit nicely over her arms while putting it on. That collar is also luxurious and perfect for chilly autumn or winter days.

Isobel Sweater for Blythe

The body of the sweater is also nice and long, giving a perfect proportion to the large collar. It fits easily over a skirt or trousers, or even just over tights!

Isobel Sweater for Blythe

The Isobel Sweater for Blythe pattern is available on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, and LoveKnitting.

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screaming mandrake

One of the options for the HPKCHC Herbology lesson this month was to make something that screams as loudly as a baby mandrake.

Screaming Mandrake Scarf

This chroma yarn from Knit Picks seemed like the perfect thing! It’s mega pink, which screams on its own but is also screamingly outside of my personal color comfort zone. It’s actually a one-off colorway that was left over or something, which means I had gotten it on super-duper clearance sale. I think I must have been subconsciously inspired by Isobel when I bought this color.

Screaming Mandrake Scarf

This project is part of my de-stash project and I am so pleased with how it turned out. It’s soft, lovely, comfortable (I wore it yesterday for the first time), and: two fewer skeins of yarn in my to-be-knit pile!

Screaming Mandrake Scarf

This knitting pattern was easy to use and really works well with this yarn. It’s got enough of a pattern to be interesting and give the scarf a nice drape, but it’s simple enough that the beauty of the color variegation shows really nicely.

Screaming Mandrake Scarf

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