I finished knitting Tina on Friday night. Here she is, in her relaxed, pre-blocked state, hanging out on the couch.
I blocked her last night. Here she is, reclining gracefully on the couch apres blocking.
I blocked her out to 62 inches square. The pattern gives the blocked dimension as 52 inches. But I’m an aqgressive blocker. When unpinned, a blocked shawl bounces back a little, so I’m guessing she is now 56 to 58 inches square. Did I mention that I love her? I do.
Here she is during blocking, all pinned out on the floor.
I used blocking wires to help me achieve a square. I slipped wires through the eyelets around the center square, and anchored them in place with T-pins. I also slipped wires through the eyelets where the edge of the body meets the edging. I anchored those in place with more T-pins, then I pinned out the points of the edging.
I had to adjust the wires a couple of times as I pinned out the edging, and I’d say it took me about an hour of crawling around on the floor to get it just right. Lucy, ever vigilant, checked my work.
The blocking wires were a huge help in this endeavor.
The wires help to keep everything straight — very important for a square shawl!
And just because, more shots of Tina. A close-up of a corner:
An artistic “hanging-in-the-window” shot:
And Tina on a chair:
She took just about 3.5 skeins of Misti Alpaca Lace, so she weighs only about 6 ounces.
So . . . back to the Peacock Feathers!