Monday, February 29, 2016

Blocking a Lace Shawl

I've been working on a project for Jenny at Red Barn Yarn Farm--a little shawl called the Danielle Shawl, by Jen Lucas.  This is made out of Done Roving Yarn's Frolicking Feet DK Gradients yarn, in the colorway Lavender and Thyme.  I am making this as shop sample for the yarn shop, and I had it almost all finished on size 5 needles before realizing that it was turning out just way too small.  So I ripped the whole thing out and started again on size 8's.  (And yes, the size 5's were what the pattern recommended!)

I blocked the shawl today, which is both my favorite and least favorite part of the whole lace knitting process.  Favorite in that you finally get to see the true beauty of the lace revealed, and least favorite in that I find it to be somewhat of a tedious process, and a process during which I inevitably end up sweating like a horse!  I'm not exactly sure why this should be so, since it's not like I'm running a race or anything, but there it is.  Maybe it's because I block on the floor, so I end up wallowing (wallerin', as my dear husband says) around on the floor.

In any case, I tackled the job this afternoon, and spent quite a time pinning out each of those points!  I block very aggressively, and I really like the way this piece has opened up.  It really is a beautiful yarn with a lovely gradient, and if you're in my neck of the woods you can get this yarn (in many colorways) from Jenny at Red Barn Yarn Farm.  You'll also be able to see this shawl in person there from tomorrow.  And if you drop in, tell her Sarah sent you!

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