This pattern has been a long time coming, so to say I'm excited to finally release it is an understatement. I experimented with elongated stitch a few years ago, which involves a series of drop stitches creating the unique oval texture you see in the body of the shawl. The entire time I was knitting it I kept thinking of watching roly polys (or doodle bugs, everyone has their own name for them) in my back yard as a kid. The crossing and length of the stitches in this pattern reminded me of their little shells, their exoskeletons. Thus, the origin of the name, Exoskeleton. While I chose the name based on an association with the stitch pattern, I think a shawl in itself is a sort of second skin, another layer of protection and warmth.
Ishbel is a shawl pattern by Ysolda Teague, with a nice scalloped or actually, rather pointy edging. It went so fast I actually finished it several days ago, but I will have to order some blocking mats before I can show the finished product which might take a little while. I'm excited to get it steamed out so I can see the lace pattern better... until then I guess I'll just have to further enjoy that dreamy color for a while.
I've also been working on some other sculptural projects, one of which you can catch a glimpse of below. This is definitely a trial and error process, but I've learned to be patient with it because I want a high quality end result. Hopefully you'll see more on this soon!