Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Blocking

Here is the blocking Wingspan.  I did not pin it.  Instead, I just soaked it and spread it out.  The loose knit and the garter stitch gave enough stretch.  The triangles are indeed all the same size.  I can’t block on the floor because of my knees, so I can’t get a good “above” photo of anything—have to shoot at an angle. 

The second picture shows the tiny holes at the short rows which are a feature of the pattern.  Some knitters are using a yarn over method that they are getting from You Tube to avoid these holes.  IMHO, they are very tiny and they help accent the line between the triangles, so they don’t bother me at all.  The flash is what makes them shine in this picture.  I don’t know if they would be more obvious if you were knitting in worsted or DK weight by the included directions.  Besides, think of all the work I go to trying to get little aligned holes into lace!

Note about the yarn:  I soaked the shawl in a cool wool wash soak for about an hour.  When I went in to take it out, the water was almost as bright a blue as the shawl.  I squeezed it and immediately rolled it into a towel.  As far as I could tell, there was no color transfer to the towel, and the shawl does not appear faded.  Perhaps this is just a case of excess dye left from the processing.  I thought of trying a vinegar soak, but I did not want to block and wear a vinegar-smelling shawl. 

Today was lovely weather here after several days of wind and sand.  Unlike most people, spring is never my favorite season.  It usually brings our most dangerous weather, and all that windborne pollen and organic matter—including, I am sure, manure dust—plays havoc with my allergies.  Don’t I sound like a Grinch?

4 comments:

Deb said...

That is beautiful and I love the colors!

Deborah said...

You did a great job! It is just beautiful. Hope you will take a pic of you modeling it.

Knittinreed said...

That's gorgeous!!

Noreen said...

Very pretty. Wingspan is in my queue for completion at some point. I agree with you that the unwrapped short rows can create a nice design feature.