My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Button Contest Winner

The people have spoken! The winner of the Summer of Lace Button contest is Sammi, who submitted this button.

moonrose Button Contest Winner

Sammi wins this:

opal061205 Button Contest Winner

425m of Opal Handpaint in shades of green. It would be great for a lace scarf, or socks.

Thanks to everyone who entered. All the buttons are great, and the voting was very close, I think.

Deborah Newton Lace Shawl

I finished the shawl on Friday. Here’s what it looked like pre-blocking.

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I blocked it this afternoon. First, it relaxed in warm water w/ a mild detergent for 20 minutes.

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I rinsed it carefully and gently squeezed out as much water as possible, then pinned it out on my carpet.

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All I did was to pull out the points of the edging and anchor them down with T-pins. I do own blocking wires and thought I might use them in the straight edges of the shawl, but ended up not doing so.

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I spent about half an hour crawling around on the floor, pinning and repinning the points to make sure the shawl was spread out evenly (ow, my back!). From time to time I measured across it to make sure I was getting an even width throughout.

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It’s about 40 inches in width, and 106 inches long. The pattern lists the finished size as 40 by 80 inches. Mine is much longer, for some reason. I did the prescribed number of repeats so I’m not sure where the extra length came from. Possibly some difference in the yarn I used as opposed to the yarn used for the original.

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Lucy is not sure what she thinks about this.

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I started the Tina shawl — pix tomorrow!

Comments

  1. Oh yay! That colorway is gorgeous!

    You know, I’ve been wanting to make that particular shawl from Knitter’s Shawls and Scarves, but I’d been putting it off for lack of proper yarn. I might just have to bump it up the list! It just looked daunting on the model because it was so long, but I’d not knit any lace yet, and hadn’t realized how much it blocks. ::updates to-do list::

  2. Oh yay! That colorway is gorgeous!

    You know, I’ve been wanting to make that particular shawl from Knitter’s Shawls and Scarves, but I’d been putting it off for lack of proper yarn. I might just have to bump it up the list! It just looked daunting on the model because it was so long, but I’d not knit any lace yet, and hadn’t realized how much it blocks. ::updates to-do list::

  3. Wendy, the shawl is gorgeous! I’m wondering, though – how do you keep Lucy off your lace while it’s blocking? I’m knitting Branching Out right now, and was thinking about blocking it by pinning it to my carpet, but my Grace thinks any yarny thing lying on the floor must be there for her. Or any yarny thing lying anywhere, for that matter. :) Any tips for your fellow cat-owned knitters?

  4. Wendy, the shawl is gorgeous! I’m wondering, though – how do you keep Lucy off your lace while it’s blocking? I’m knitting Branching Out right now, and was thinking about blocking it by pinning it to my carpet, but my Grace thinks any yarny thing lying on the floor must be there for her. Or any yarny thing lying anywhere, for that matter. :) Any tips for your fellow cat-owned knitters?

  5. Tigger never gets on anything when it’s blocking. I don’t know if he just plain understands he’s not supposed to or if he doesn’t like the Styrofoam blocking board. Or if he doesn’t like damp stuff. Whatever the reason, he never bothers anything I’m blocking. Cats are great, aren’t they? Each one has such a distinct personality.

  6. Tigger never gets on anything when it’s blocking. I don’t know if he just plain understands he’s not supposed to or if he doesn’t like the Styrofoam blocking board. Or if he doesn’t like damp stuff. Whatever the reason, he never bothers anything I’m blocking. Cats are great, aren’t they? Each one has such a distinct personality.

  7. Your shawl is gorgeous!! I am starting the Kiri shawl today with hopes that it will look really nice. I’ve made a couple of lace shawls, but nothing as complicated. Again, marvelous work.

  8. Your shawl is gorgeous!! I am starting the Kiri shawl today with hopes that it will look really nice. I’ve made a couple of lace shawls, but nothing as complicated. Again, marvelous work.

  9. Wow! Your new shawl is very beautiful. It’s really amazing what blocking does for these types of projects. Congrats! :)

  10. Wow! Your new shawl is very beautiful. It’s really amazing what blocking does for these types of projects. Congrats! :)

  11. Your shawl is very beautiful!
    I went out and got two lace books yesterday so am in the narrowing down the project list phase. I’m thinking I might make some lace edges for some pillowcases for some Christmas presents. This is in addition to the six shawls I want to make. And the three pair of socks. And the two scarves.

  12. Your shawl is very beautiful!
    I went out and got two lace books yesterday so am in the narrowing down the project list phase. I’m thinking I might make some lace edges for some pillowcases for some Christmas presents. This is in addition to the six shawls I want to make. And the three pair of socks. And the two scarves.

  13. Do you really wear all those shawls? At what occations?

  14. Do you really wear all those shawls? At what occations?

  15. forgot to say it looks great, but I bet you knew already :)

  16. forgot to say it looks great, but I bet you knew already :)

  17. Oh well, I tried the button contest, anyway! (grin) Your shawl looks beautiful . . . crawling around the floor to block it is the hardest part, I think, but soooo worth it.

  18. Oh well, I tried the button contest, anyway! (grin) Your shawl looks beautiful . . . crawling around the floor to block it is the hardest part, I think, but soooo worth it.

  19. Your shawl is gorgeous!!!

  20. Your shawl is gorgeous!!!

  21. I love the look on Lucy’s face. I can just hear her saying “Silly human, girl!”

  22. I love the look on Lucy’s face. I can just hear her saying “Silly human, girl!”

  23. The shawl is lovely Wendy!

    I block my shawls on my bed just to save my back! I figure one night on the couch, is better than weeks of an aching back! Altho to be honest, shawls dry so fast, if I block early, it’s dry by bedtime!

    My Jaxon would find freshly washed and drying knitting no matter where (or how high up!!)I put it…within the first 30 minutes, there he would be until the knitting was dry!

  24. The shawl is lovely Wendy!

    I block my shawls on my bed just to save my back! I figure one night on the couch, is better than weeks of an aching back! Altho to be honest, shawls dry so fast, if I block early, it’s dry by bedtime!

    My Jaxon would find freshly washed and drying knitting no matter where (or how high up!!)I put it…within the first 30 minutes, there he would be until the knitting was dry!

  25. Respect is due for the grafting/kitchener – theoretically I can do that – so much for theory!

  26. Respect is due for the grafting/kitchener – theoretically I can do that – so much for theory!

  27. Your shawl is beautiful Wendy! Isn’t it amazing what looks so crumpled up turns out to be after blocking! And I’m envious that you can do your blocking on the floor. I have 2 young border collies – and the shawl would be toast before I had the first pin in it! I have to use a cutting board on top of my craft table.

  28. Your shawl is beautiful Wendy! Isn’t it amazing what looks so crumpled up turns out to be after blocking! And I’m envious that you can do your blocking on the floor. I have 2 young border collies – and the shawl would be toast before I had the first pin in it! I have to use a cutting board on top of my craft table.

  29. Alice in Richmond says:

    I think you should nickname that beautiful shawl “Purple Haze”, in honor of Jimi and the Summer of Lace!

  30. Alice in Richmond says:

    I think you should nickname that beautiful shawl “Purple Haze”, in honor of Jimi and the Summer of Lace!

  31. Your shawl is gorgeous! Watching the progress and seeing the final results has inspired me to join the Summer of Lace. I think I’ll start with Branching Out. Maybe one day I’ll try a shawl.
    I love a new knitting challenge!

  32. Your shawl is gorgeous! Watching the progress and seeing the final results has inspired me to join the Summer of Lace. I think I’ll start with Branching Out. Maybe one day I’ll try a shawl.
    I love a new knitting challenge!

  33. Wow!! Did that turn out bee-you-tee-ful or what?? It’s amazing what a good blocking will do for lace. I’m looking forward to that moment with my shawl, but I think that moment is at least a month off (assuming I keep plugging away).

  34. Wow!! Did that turn out bee-you-tee-ful or what?? It’s amazing what a good blocking will do for lace. I’m looking forward to that moment with my shawl, but I think that moment is at least a month off (assuming I keep plugging away).

  35. Lovely shawl, what was the pre-blocking size? I second the Purple Haze name.

  36. Lovely shawl, what was the pre-blocking size? I second the Purple Haze name.

  37. I’m on the first of the two border charts for Tina even as we speak. Row 18, here I come! This is going to be one gorgeous shawl when it’s done. What are doing Tina in? Mine is ice blue zephyr.

  38. I’m on the first of the two border charts for Tina even as we speak. Row 18, here I come! This is going to be one gorgeous shawl when it’s done. What are doing Tina in? Mine is ice blue zephyr.

  39. Gorgeous! If this is how the Summer of Lace is starting up, I can’t wait to see what July and August will bring…

  40. Gorgeous! If this is how the Summer of Lace is starting up, I can’t wait to see what July and August will bring…

  41. Lovely shawl… pain the butt blocking job… and WOW, shelley… I cannot believe that (most) of Pink Floyd will be on the same stage together… Oh how I wish I lived in London for what sounds like a fabulous line-up!

  42. Lovely shawl… pain the butt blocking job… and WOW, shelley… I cannot believe that (most) of Pink Floyd will be on the same stage together… Oh how I wish I lived in London for what sounds like a fabulous line-up!

  43. The shawl is beautiful, Wendy. I love the colour.

  44. The shawl is beautiful, Wendy. I love the colour.

  45. Jacinta says:

    Absolutely Fabulous Darlink!!
    I am totally in awe of your knitting skills, but I too seem to be on a lacey kick at present (a mere novice though) may just have to join the Summer of Lace!!

  46. Jacinta says:

    Absolutely Fabulous Darlink!!
    I am totally in awe of your knitting skills, but I too seem to be on a lacey kick at present (a mere novice though) may just have to join the Summer of Lace!!

  47. Lucy looks like the Knitted Lace Muse! I’m sending my Tina shawl up there when I finish for her perfect touch!

  48. Lucy looks like the Knitted Lace Muse! I’m sending my Tina shawl up there when I finish for her perfect touch!

  49. Dear Wendy,
    Thank you for showing the before and after blocking photos. I have never blocked something and now I see the difference…and perhaps I won’t be so afraid to stick my wool items in water.

    Your shawl is beautiful!

    Donna

  50. Dear Wendy,
    Thank you for showing the before and after blocking photos. I have never blocked something and now I see the difference…and perhaps I won’t be so afraid to stick my wool items in water.

    Your shawl is beautiful!

    Donna

  51. SUCH a good girl!! My boys would NEVER sit calmly by while there was perfectly good knitting to on the floor to roll around on! Shawl is lovely.

  52. SUCH a good girl!! My boys would NEVER sit calmly by while there was perfectly good knitting to on the floor to roll around on! Shawl is lovely.

  53. Lovely! I’m especially loving the shape of the shawl. Very versatile.

  54. Lovely! I’m especially loving the shape of the shawl. Very versatile.

  55. Love the shawl — please take another picture when it’s off the floor. The transformation from blocking is amazing!

    I blocked a lace scarf on my dining room table, once, and *someone* clawed it. :-( With 3 monsters in the house, I never could get a conviction, but I’ll block in the cat-free guest room from now on.

  56. Love the shawl — please take another picture when it’s off the floor. The transformation from blocking is amazing!

    I blocked a lace scarf on my dining room table, once, and *someone* clawed it. :-( With 3 monsters in the house, I never could get a conviction, but I’ll block in the cat-free guest room from now on.

  57. The magic of lace. Love the shape of that shawl and the patterns in the center. Lucy looks like she approves.

  58. The magic of lace. Love the shape of that shawl and the patterns in the center. Lucy looks like she approves.

  59. Gorgeous shawl…

    For blocking, why not get a large piece of hard polyurethane foam? Might be easier on your back if you use something that would stand up.

  60. Gorgeous shawl…

    For blocking, why not get a large piece of hard polyurethane foam? Might be easier on your back if you use something that would stand up.

  61. Wow…that’s so pretty! ^_^ I’m going to start Branching Out soon, in some bright, varigated yarn, so I’ll be more likely to wear it. Lace, here I come…

    Can’t wait to see the next shawl!

  62. Wow…that’s so pretty! ^_^ I’m going to start Branching Out soon, in some bright, varigated yarn, so I’ll be more likely to wear it. Lace, here I come…

    Can’t wait to see the next shawl!

  63. It really did turn out nice. Oh how I love Lucy’s eyes. They are just the best, but how do you keep her off the blocking shawl while your at work?

  64. It really did turn out nice. Oh how I love Lucy’s eyes. They are just the best, but how do you keep her off the blocking shawl while your at work?

  65. carolyn H says:

    as usual, totally amazing!

  66. carolyn H says:

    as usual, totally amazing!