Sunday, January 4, 2009

I LOVE Blocking!







I had so much fun with this project :)  This lovely scarf is a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law, Mel.  I still haven't given it to her because the snow storms in December eliminated our family holiday get together.  That's the bad news...  the good news is I get to fondly gaze upon it a little longer.

The pattern is Lace Ribbon Scarf which you can get for free on knitty.com by following the link. It is not a difficult lace pattern and is easily memorized after you get through a few repeats of the pattern.  I did find it slow going on the size 3 needles.  Overall I have to say I did enjoy the knitting of it.  The really fun part was using my new blocking wires!  The transformation from clump to lovely scarf was as good as I've read about on many blogs.  When I finished the scarf and looked at the rumply blob after casting off I had to call upon my faith in the process.  I got online immediately and ordered my blocking wires from Angelika's (it's called Fiber Fantasy's Blocker's Kit). As usual her service was impeccable and I had them at my doorstep within a couple of days.  I gave the blob a good soak in some Eucalan and went to work with the wires.  I was nervous until I saw it pinned out on the guest bed and then I just kept coming upstairs to look at it.  It was really hard waiting the requisite  24 hours to unpin.  But it was worth the wait!  I held it up, folded it, tried it on, folded it again and again.  A blocked lace piece is just so irresistible.  

The model is our delightful, delicious, well-fed  JennyK.  She just left for home in Portland this weekend after a two week visit.  We miss her already even if she did eat us out of house and home ;)   

1 comment:

Jennifer Kratz said...

At least I didn't eat the scarf! I have to say this scarf is very very pretty, almost as pretty as the model, but not quite.