The magic of blocking lace never gets old. Unlike my back, which feels it after a sustained period of bending over pinning lace onto a blocking mat. Even when that blocking mat is up reasonably high, on my kitchen bench. Heaven forbid if I ever have to block something huge on the floor!!
So this is the result of my most recent pain in the back!
Pattern: Springtime Bandit by Kate Gagnon Osborne. A very nice, easy lace shawl (and also free!). Originally done in worsted weight yarn, but as I used fingering/4ply, I did extra repeats – it is very easy to add extra repeats, no need to do any recalculations for the edging or anything, just add the repeats until you are done, and start the edging. A very good feature of shawl patterns I think, is the ease of adding extra repeats. In this case, the pattern calls for 4 repeats of the body charts, while I did 7. And ended up with a shawl about the size of the original, heh!
|Blobby pre-blocking lace|
Yarn: Wollmeise 100% Merino, in Admiral. Yes, another Week of Wollmeise project done! (hmm, that makes 2 out of 7 complete. Not really that much cause to celebrate, heh!). I tried to use as much of the skein as possible, but found I had 32g left after binding off. But not to worry, I don’t think I could have gotten an extra repeat out of that much anyway. Maybe it’ll be enough for a wee pair of socks…
This is a gorgeous navy/black colour, it works so well for lace because it is so dark, but you still get a gorgeous depth of colour. It’s just hard to photograph well!
Time: 1 September 2009 (heh!) – 9 June 2011. Despite this, it’s actually a lovely quick knit!
Modifications: Only the extra repeats, noted above.
Inspired by Al, I took some lovely “Victorian Lace Today” style photos at the WWKIP on Saturday. Love how the sun shines through the lace. Nothing like it to make you feel like a clever knitter!
And that’s another long-term wip I can cross off the list! I started the year with 17 WIPS, and of those, I have 12 left – so that’s nearly 1 per month done. Let’s hope I can keep it up for the rest of the year!