I did indeed finish knitting the Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl, yesterday morning.
Here it is, fresh off the needles:
And here it is, after I blocked it this afternoon. Forty-five minutes and a ga-jillion pins later!
I am mighty pleased with how this looks blocked.
It took less than 45 minutes of pinning and repinning to get it into the proper shape and size. I did not use blocking wires, because all the edges are curved. So I just pinned and pinned and pinned.
The yarn is a mystery wool — laceweight hand-dyed wool that has been in my stash, and I don’t remember where I bought it. It is a one-ply yarn, so I started out treating it gently — didn’t want anything to snap because of my over-zealous blocking. But it stood up just fine, I’m pleased to say.
Lucy needed a nap after all the supervising she had to do during the blocking.
So, I started on this:
The Inky Dinky Spider Stole, from Fiddlesticks Knitting.
I’m using Cherry Tree Hill Suri Alpaca in the “java” colorway.
So far, so good! You start by knitting a corner, using short row shaping, then the bottom border, then another corner. Then you pick up stitches along the long edge of the bottom border, and knit up from that, knitting the side edging on each side as you go along. Great fun!