Friday, April 27, 2007

Blocking the Blob

Well, it's blocking. I guess I didn't get it pinned very straight or symmetrical. When you are on the floor pinning it, it seems like you are straight and then when I stood up, it's a little wavy. Honestly I don't think this will have any adverse effect on the shawl once it's unpinned because you don't see it this way, you see it gently cascading from the shoulders. It's very large, about 100" across. This is because I doubled the yarn.

I used 6+ skeins of Knit Picks Shadow in Jewel. I had to use a bit of the 7th skein to do the crocheted cast off. I used a size 6 US Knit Picks needle, which I have to say I hated, mainly because no amount of tightening would keep the needles on the cable all the time. I have to say that once I tried out my new Addi Lace needles, there will be no looking back. More on them later. I used a size F crochet hook for the chained crochet cast off, which was kind of fun...something different. Oh, yes, the pattern is Peacock Feathers Shawl from Dorothy at Fiddlesticks. I love her patterns which are well written and charted and beautiful.

Next week this will be off to my Grandma Doris as part of my shawl ministry. She has had a particularly rough year, losing her daughter Josie and son Dick just a few weeks apart as well as some health and other challenges. I felt she needed a fibery hug. Her last name means peacock in German and she loves blues and purples so I thought this would be fitting.

Tomorrow I will take some pictures of it in the window with the afternoon light coming through so you can see what it looks like when it is finished. I hate blocking but I love the end result!


Carissa said...

The shawl looks great! I'm sure that Grandma Doris will love it! The Peacock Feathers shawl is one of the ones from Fiddlesticks that I'd like to knit one day. I've heard a lot about the Addi lace needles too, and I look forward to trying them one day.

Trish said...

Lovely shawl and what a beautiful and thoughtful present for your grandmother!! I bought some Addi Lace needles for the EST shawl when it grew too big for my straights (I had 400+ stitches on 10" needles!). The Addi lace needles are wonderful-I may go back and try the LOTSS shawl now. I tried to start that with regular Turbos-no go.

Melissa said...

Absolutely Gorgeous! I'm sure she will love and treasure it!

Lynette said...

You do such beautiful work. God has given an incredible talent.