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We left the shawl out for about three hours. Took it in just as the light was starting to go. I will be able to wear it to class tomorrow evening, which was my initial goal. :-)


Laminaria, Blocked, point detail
Laminaria, Blocked, point detail
All done. Here, you can see the points, being all pointy and stuff.
Laminaria, Blocked Lace Detail
Laminaria, Blocked Lace Detail
All done. Detail of the blocked lace.

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I block lace projects on playmats-- lots of people do. But when [personal profile] pola_bear was over yesterday, we discovered that my blocking mats weren't large enough to block the Laminaria! Like not even close. I asked around, and actually posted a message on a Ravelry forum for lace knitting. Several people suggested that I block it by folding it in half -- then my mats would be enough, plus the shawl points would match exactly on either side!

So this morning, [profile] filceolaire helped me (I'm having a really bad pain day) move stuff around and place the mats, and I used the yardstick from the blocking wire kit as the foldover piece. Probably I will end up pressing the shawl when it's done, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Even though I'd managed to misplace my big tomato of blocking pins, there were 20 in the lace wire kit. Today was, therefore, a great day to learn how to use the kit efficiently. So with only 20 pins and 4 wires, Laminaria is blocking. It should be ready by dusk, which means I'll be able to wear it to class tomorrow night!


Laminaria Shawl, Blockin' In The Wind!
Laminaria Shawl, Blockin' In The Wind!
Here's the shawl, pinned out on the blocking boards, drying in the (semi)sun today. Should be done by dusk, which means I can wear it to class tomorrow night!

Laminaria

Mar. 12th, 2010 12:17 am
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Laminaria, complete but not yet blocked
Laminaria, complete but not yet blocked
Sorry about the blurriness of the photo: I am not comfortable standing on a chair to photograph big things at the moment, so had to just hold the camera up and hope. The edges look ruffly now, but the shawl actually blocks into points.
Detail of primary lace pattern and edging
Detail of primary lace pattern and edging
Including several of those creepy faces that made me want ot knit this in the first place!
Closer detail of edging and creepy faces
Closer detail of edging and creepy faces
They all look a little different. ;-)



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Was it hard? No, but I wouldn't have said that about this project even five years ago. In fact, it was dead easy, so easy that I found the patterns extremely easy to memorise. This became train knitting. In fact, I finished the knitting on a train this afternoon and cast off this evening in front of the television. :-)

I suppose if I'd been interested in knitted lace five years ago, I could have got up to speed on lace. But I only really became interested in lace when I first saw Victorian Lace Today. Something about the colours they chose in that book and the realisation that, duh, lace doesn't have to be made out of white cotton or mohair and it's not all about doilies and tablecloths made me change the way I thought about lace. It suddenly became interesting, and I started adding lace to socks, made some simple lace scarves, a blue alpaca neckwarmer. This is my first large scale lace project. I had 629 live stitches on the needle before I was done.

For you experienced lace knitters, yes, Laminaria is a walk in the park. It's very simple, very repetitive, you don't have to think much about the increases.

The plan is to block it tomorrow morning, but I've got to take into account my current state. It might take a while to work up the energy, and it might take a long time to pull the points out, given that I'll have to bend over something. Or I could just wait and get somebody to help me block it at some point in the amorphous future. I definitely want to wear it to class on Monday, though. It is deceptively light, and very warm. In the sunlight, the colour looks like, well, sunlight on grass.

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