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!