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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Click On By IF You Don't Want to See Boring Photos of Lace Blocking!

She's Done! She's Blocking!!! And I'm in love...doing happy dances all over the place, and a little bit sad, too, because Mim's Seraphim is such an enjoyable knit! I will miss this project.

I decided to take a good shot on my overstuffed white-slipcovered, chair before dropping her into first a white vinegar and cold water bath:
(isn't she pretty?)

And then into lukewarm water and lavender Eucalan:
(that's not all suds there, it's some flash reflection, too!)
And just an aside. For all that the Valkyrie Socks That Rock lightweight bled all over my hands as I knit, the vinegar bath ran completely clear! The suds were only slightly stained...I have no idea, don't ask me, but my hands were stained dark purple/black after every knitting session! lolol

I am very very glad that I have Knitpicks blocking wires, and today I went and ordered their new puzzle piece blocking mats (and probably should have gotten 2 sets, because this shawl?
She is very big.
See what I mean? More than 72 inches stretched out (about 41 inches deep)
Once everything was pinned, someone had to come up and check out my work...Well, you seem to have gotten the point positioned pretty well, Mommie, and you know, I can see an extra YO here, but all in all? You did okay with this one...
I'll just settle down here and stand guard over it while it dries, just in case, okay?

I left her there, she had abandoned her post by the time I got home, though and was back in the living room chair. It's a cold (39 degrees) and rainy day today, so I'm about to turn on the space heater in the bedroom - I would like to sleep on that bed tonight, and Seraphim is taking her time drying...

While I was out (shopping for fabrics, of course) I stopped at our LYS and they had this lovely bamboo sock yarn (I was conservative - I only bought two colorways!) for summer socks and then the two Addi 16-inch circulars in size 2.5mm (size 1.5).

Ok. I was bad. I'll blame it on the sadness of ending the Seraphim knit. Don't you have a postpartum depression when a big lace project ends? No?
Call me weird then...


Blogger Jennifer said...


5:28 PM  
Blogger Ariel said...

That is just too beautiful!!!

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do let us know what you think of the blocking squares when they come. I have some sheets of wall insulation that I covered with fabric and use. However, they're big and hard to manage. I know I'd need two sets of squares for my shawls. After all, we like our lace shawls big and luxurious, yes?

And the shawl? Its beautiful! Congratulations!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Yes --GORGEOUS! How odd about the yarn bleeding on your hands and not in the bath. Yum, yum.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Oh, wow wow wow. Absolutely stunning. I can't wait to see you modeling it, now!! It's a fabulous color, and I love the pattern :)

And yes, I do often feel that way after a big lace project, although right now I have so much lined up that I'm dying to get started that I don't think I'll suffer as much as usual :)

1:13 PM  
Blogger Plain Jane said...

Beautiful!! No wonder you're doing happy dances.. The Meezer is a very considerate helper - I can just see Boomer curled up in the middle of the shawl annointing it with white fur.. ;-) {{{HUGS}}}

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Carrie K said...

Oooh, she's beautiful!!! Wow, that is one fabulous shawl.

So funny about the yarn staining your hands but not the vinegar bath but sounds like good news.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Tan said...

You did a really good job on your cast-off. Your points blocked out really nicely.

6:36 PM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Ooh-la-la! That is one beautiful stretch of lace. I really like how the pattern sort of emerges as you visually move down the field toward the tips.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

That is fantastic1 You should hang it on the wall when you aren't wearing it. I, too am amazed that your cat wasn't in the middle of it.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

She is just beautiful! And it looks like she will really envelop you in her fibery goodness with that wonderful wingspan! :)

You are blessed to have such a wonderful and thoughtful caretaker of your knitted goods. Meezer is such a sweetie. :)

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Gorgeous! Can wait to see it off the blocking wires! Just simply beautiful.

Big is good! :-)

11:15 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Oh yum -- nothing boring about block lace -- au contraire!!

I get post partum after everything bigger than socks. :-)

1:06 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

Oh, she is so beautiful and the colors are just YOU! I am so glad she is done and you can wear her now. This pattern was one of my all-time faves.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

So pretty! Well done! And aren't blocking wires the best. The colors look very nice against the Meezer. Luckily its too big for her.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

she's gorgeous! i can't wait to see her in her unpinned glory!

truly though, isn't blocking a pain in the patooie? :P

12:16 AM  

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