I unpinned the “Purple Haze” shawl ( thanks for the naming idea, Alice!) when I got home today. Here it is.
And the artistic shot:
It’s not easy to photograph because it is large!
Julie asked in the comments: “I’m wondering, though – how do you keep Lucy off your lace while it’s blocking?”
I’m sorry — can you repeat the question?
“Get away from me! This shawl is mine. MINE, do you hear me?”
Lucy very carefully and daintily walked around it while it was damp, but as soon as she deemed it dry enough . . . well, you see.
I’ve always had cats helping me with the blocking process — here’s my sweet Tristan helping me block the Peace Shawl (during my last Summer of Lace, 5 years ago, a couple of months before Tristan died at a ripe old age):
While blocking on a bed or a board is a good idea, this shawl measures 40 by 106 inches. Far too long to fit anywhere, really, except the floor. At least in my universe. (Sorry, I didn’t measure it pre-blocking, so can’t tell you how large it was. I’d guess about half the finished, blocked size.)
I’ve started the Tina Shawl, from Fiddlesticks Knitting. As noted in the sidebar, I’m making it from Misti Alpaca Lace and using a US 6 (4.0mm) needle.
One starts with the center square, and uses a provisional cast-on, as one will be picking up stitches all around the square and knitting the borders in the round. I used a crochet chain cast-on.
The Misti Alpace Lace yarn is lovely — very soft and silky with just a bit of a halo of fuzz. It was a bit fiddly at first knitting this laceweight yarn with a size 6 needle, but I quickly got used to it. I tried using an Inox Express needle, but it was very slippery, alarmingly so. I quickly went back to my Addi Natura (bamboo) needle and am happy with it.
Now I’m impatiently wanting to get started on the borders, because I know they will take freaking forever to complete!