This the view we woke up to yesterday. Happy Spring!
It was only an inch or so and it had melted by noon.
I received the foam blocks I ordered (see the entry from last Tuesday) so this afternoon set out to block the Alpine Lace.
The shawl takes a bath in the sink in warm water with some lovely Soak wool wash.
Meanwhile, I assemble the interlocking foam blocks.
My little helper demonstrates the size of the blocking surface. (It’s 3 feet by 6 feet.)
After 20 minutes or so, I rinse the shawl and take it out of the water, squeezing oh-so-gently to remove excess water, and roll it in a bath towel and gently squeeze some more. Actually, you don’t have to rinse out the Soak wool wash, but I usually do anyway.
My little helper eats lunch to keep her strength up.
On to blocking.
It is now drying.
Your mitered tunic is turning out great. I have a question about the neckline. I like square necklines as I have a round face, the contrast looks good. So, if you didn’t put the triangles in the corners and picked up stitches for a neckband and mitered the band in the corners, could you get a square neckline? I saw a woman at the supermarket with a sweater neck that looked like that, but I wasn’t sure, and she was a stranger, and I didn’t want to be arrested for harassing her to see how her sweater was constructed. You seemed a safer bet.
You are correct, I will not have you arrested for blog-stalking.
And you are correct, you could leave the neckline square and do mitered corners in the neckband. I like square necks myself and considered doing that for this sweater, but like the idea of trying out the triangles for shaping.
I see that you are using “Yarntini — 4-8-15-16-23-42″. Aren’t those the numbers from “Lost”? Which colorway is it? Can you draw a little arrow on the sweater-in-progress? What a great name for a colorway!
“Lost.” That’s a television show, right?
Me, not so big on network television. But I’m glad a couple of you mentioned the name of this colorway and the significance of it, otherwise I would have gone to my grave not knowing. I just picked it because I liked the colors.
It’s the squares that have some bright sky blue in them.
That reminds me — all of the yarns I chose for this sweater are handpainted and most of them do not stripe. But I did throw in a couple of self-striping yarns (like the Yarntini) because I thought it would be fun to have a few stripey squares scattered throughout. I’m glad I did — I like the way it looks.
The mitered square tunic is unexpected but it seems to have this mystery power that enchants me the more I look at it. If it is garter stitch, could you turn it every row of squares so the angles go back and forth in waves?
I find it pretty enchanting too.
Yes, you can turn the direction of the squares, but I thought the combination of the different handpainted yarns and the texture of the garter stitch is enough. I was afraid that multi-directional would be overkill.
But I’d consider it for a modular garment made in a single colorway.
Then I picked it up to work on upside-down and knitted a row of squares going the opposite direction across the bottom.
It’s not too noticeable, and I am calling it a design element.
The random number generator chose Erica B. to receive this week’s book. Erica, I’ve emailed you!