Sorry for that little episode yesterday, I just couldn’t dither on and on about knitting after I got those results. Now it’s time to move on. So here I am.
Oh, which of the threads of my life to take up first. How about the shawl?
Anyway, I bit the bullet, went into the local shop, bought the pins, and left. (It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, I went at a busy time.) Then began the fun of wet blocking. Now, you know my stance on blocking, it has to be done in order to call a garment finished. However, I have a very lazzie fair attitude when it comes to blocking though. At least for things aside from lace shawls. What I do can really be called more like washing than blocking. But lace, lace, it must be blocked, firmly and violently, stretching it within an inch of its life. Tight as a drum.
Anyway, I got the pins, and set down to wet blocking. The new idea didn’t work so well, so I was back to working in the usual method, putting down a sheet and sticking a million pins. Actually, I used 249, I know that because I bought a pack of 250, and towards the end I yanked the head off of the pin. It was sort of a high tension moment. Also, it’s very hard to stretch a shawl when you’re sitting on it, which I did find out. But I’m not one to be daunted and I laugh in the face of danger. (Or shawls.) By the end of that very hairy two hours ( I sort of messed up and had to start again) I had muscles that I didn’t even know I had hurting.
Have some blocking photos.
And here’s the finished shawl. (Let me know if you want more pictures.)
There we are. (I think that I may have done something wrong there, oh well.)
This is the Baby Shawl from Knitting Workshop, knit out of a light blue and a dark blue recycled cotton. (I think that these came from two sweaters, same size, same design, same everything, all except the color. I like that this kind of ties them together.) The first lace pattern was one that I got out of 400 Knitting Stitches from Potter Craft, and the second was one that I made up. In Knitting Workshop she doesn’t tell you a good edging for this, so I pulled out Knitter’s Almanac, where she also has it published. Well, she goes a little bit more in depth there, as I suspected. So, take note, if your planning on knitting Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Shawl, follow the directions, (which actually direct you) from Knitter’s Almanac, you’ll thank yourself later.