After 48 hours of avoidance, I finally sat down for a game of yarn chicken. I was certain, I was on the losing end and I didn’t want to deal with a suitable alternative. Imagine my surprise when I got to the end with yarn to spare!
Wooo! Disaster averted!
I carried that enthusiasm into immediate blocking. It’s the only way. Just do it before the momentum is lost.
Picot bind off means all the pins come out to play. UGH! I was super happy with my new Knit Blockers though! They saved me a lot of time with the straight edge.
Blocking is always worth the effort though. The lacy bits opened up beautifully.
And so, despite the whining while it’s in progress, this is why we must block our knits. (I need to remind myself frequently!)
Now a few details.
The Pattern: Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart
Yarn: Kona Sport, hand dyed by my Mom. One 770 yard skein. Yay for only weaving 2 ends!!
Mods: I used sport instead of prescribed fingering weight. I knit the medium size but decided that I had enough yarn to knit a few extra rows in the body. I added maybe 8-10 additional rows. I didn’t really count, just winged it, as always. Despite the yarn chicken scare, I’m glad I went for the expansion.
The finished size does not disappoint, it’s quite large. Aggressive blocking helped too. The tips of this shawl stretch well beyond the edge of the fence panel…just how I like it!
It’s a generously sized, gorgeous, lightweight, drapey bit of fabric. It was fun to knit and I could take pictures of it all day. Sadly, I don’t see it becoming my new favorite thing. The color is wrong for me. I just can’t do it.
It did inspire a little weekend cross stitch though :) And a couple of cast ons, that are more in line with my own personal color palate! Stay tuned for WIP Wednesday to see those and another a couple more finishes later this week too!