Monday, December 22, 2008

Done!

I pushed it right to the wire, but my sister's Christmas gift lace scarf is finished. I had a tiny bit of yarn left over, and could have added another 5-10cm to the length, but it got to late last night and I thought "really, in the scheme of things - what difference does 5cm make?".

Plus, today was my deadline to get it into a courier bag and sent off to my family in Victoria, so it was a pretty tight deadline. I've been working on a sleep debt all week so once it got to be late enough that my eyes were crossing from tiredness, I figured it was time to be done with the knitting bit and start blocking it.

Fiona's Scarf

So I cast it off, washed it and pinned it out to block into shape. It's not really until you get to this last step of stretching it to dry into shape that knitted lace really comes alive, everything neatens and opens up, and you look at it and think "wow, I made that!".

Fiona's Scarf Blocking


I hope she likes it!

11 comments:

yani said...

You so clever darl!

It's very pretty, I'm sure your sister will adore it.

Interestingly, with all this talk of blocking and stretching and whatnot, I found myself wondering what it looked like before all the knitting related pin bondage... ;)

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

it looked just as delicious Yani, just not as flat - it's the most glorious colour and such a pretty pattern.

John said...

that's gorgeous!

The Other Andrew said...

Hey, thanks everyone!

Yani, what she said. :) The blocking is just like giving it a good press, but because of wool's unique qualities once dried it tends to hold that blocked shape. Although it does 'relax' a bit.

Kerry said...

It looks beautiful Andrew, you've done a great job.

Quatrefoil said...

Fantastic! If your sister doesn't like it you know where to send it ...

jason said...

Beautiful! Especially that color.

Michael Guy said...

Andrew, the scarf is awesome! The fact that you made it makes it all the more special; I'm sure she'll love it!

Great color!

Cecilia said...

Wow wow wow! That is stunning! Isn't blocking amazing? It still feels magical every time I do it. She is going to love it.

5 cm isn't going to make any difference. And the scarf will stretch.

The Other Andrew said...

Thanks everyone! Cecilia, I never thought about the stretch factor!

Cecilia said...

The stretch factor is how I justify stopping when I get tired of a project!

BTW, I have blocking wires and am happy to lend them to you next time you have to block.