Sunday, January 14, 2007

Knitting creeping at snails pace

I have finally reached the 93 of 191 rows of the Feather and Fan Shawl from Meg Swansens Gathering of Lace. I am learning alot.

For instance:
Triangle or rectangular shawls are more fun in that you can hold them up to see how much more you need.

Triangle or rectangular shawls can be blocked in the wild so you have an idea of how big they will be.

Triangle or rectangular shawls make better lap warmers.

Triangle or rectangular shawls can be bailed on and still have something (albeit smaller) useful.

Round shawls on the other hand start as a pretty thing like a dreamcatcher, grow to become a kippot, move onto the size of a beret, progress to a snood, and bog down looking like a jellyfish. If I wanted to admire it or take pictures of it, I would have to fiddle with many needles or thread it onto yarn and stretch it with Many, Many pins. No bailing allowed because unless it reaches its full maturation it's too small to be useful.

Sigh. Time to go to Carols Etsy and drool.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you (or anyone) tell me what it means to "block in the wild"? I'm also doing a triangular shawl in BBF and I'm wondering about the finished size. I've got an idea from my swatch, but I'm still nervous.

Thanks and happy knitting!

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

block in the wild is stolen from the Yarn Harlot. It just means that you can take the already done part of your knitting, carefully pin it out and lightly steam with an iron to get an idea of size. When you are complete and block the entire item you can't tell the difference.

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you!

6:22 PM  

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