Saturday, September 22, 2007

1st Blocking Experience

I recruited my Mom and laid out all of my tools and got all tense and nervous about blocking my finished Forest Canopy Shawl. Why? It was very simple. I like orderly steps and blocking is just that, simple and orderly. I soaked my shawl for 30 minutes, pressed it between two towels and then spread it out on my Blocking board. I used three different types of pins and two of my wires. The wires across the widest part on top. T-pins on the furthest edges and points. Daisy Top quilting pins for the points. Straight pins on the other areas that are more relaxed that I just did not want to crinkle or draw up as the fabric drys. Voila, it will be dry this time tomorrow.

BEFORE - Unblocked


After - Blocked:

Mom did not get to play at all. I was able to rotate the board around and luckily did not have any pins to pop out.

Finishing Touch - The Shawl Pin from Ruby Vegas on etsy.


Virtuous said...

The shawl is beautiful!!

I have yet to do lace knitting, and wondered where I could get those blocking wires from?

I would sooo drag my feet at that blocking process! Haha!

~ Also like your new blog header! :o)

Redford Phyl said...

Came out great, Bev! I am so torn now between lace and socks. Have a second Forest Canopy that is taking forever because I'm doing it in Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud, but it is going to be oh, so soft when finished.

Monique said...

Well you should just be proud of yourself. You did a lovely job on that shawl. Lots of work. I'm sure you can't wait to show it off.

Sarah said...

That shawl is truly lovely -- nice pin, too!