Thursday, May 9, 2013

FO Friday - Frost Flowers

With a lot of discipline I finally finished this last weekend. It wasn't my favourite project while knitting it (I'm obviously not a talented enough knitter to have pattern on both knit and purl rows - I need a time to relax in between! ;) ), but on the other hand it was the project with the greatest transformation during blocking!

It went from this (wingspan = 96cm):
To this (wingspan = 126cm)

It was my first time blocking 'real' lace and my first time using blocking wires rather than just pins, so I don't know if it was either one of those or a combination. Whatever the case it is SO lovely soft and yummy now :D

Pattern: Harrington Shawlette.
Yarn: Teetee Elegant.
Alterations: None - it was a test knit.
New techniques learned: Picot bind off incl. cable cast on. Not sure I like that way of binding off - it takes forever... nor am I entirely sure I'm doing the cable cast on correctly. But at least I've tried them now :)

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  1. It is a very pretty shawl, amazing what blocking can do to a finished project!

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    1. It really is! So far I've mostly knitted with fingering weight, and it just doesn't have the same effect as with lace weight!

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  2. What a remarkable transformation! And what a lovely shawl, too, it looks like the perfect size. Good for you.

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    1. I couldn't believe my own eyes! I wasn't too keen on it before blocking, but now I think it's gorgeous :)

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  3. Oh that is such a pretty shawl. Great Job!

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  4. Great opportunity to learn new techniques! Best of all, you ended up with a beautiful shawl. Congrats!

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  5. It really is lovely! Were the wires hard to use?

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    1. Not at all! They might have been a tad more time consuming to install than the pins (but SO much faster to remove! ;) ), but the end result really made it worth it.

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  6. I only started using blocking wires too, and I love it! The result is great. Love your shawl!

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  7. Oh I just love blocking before and after pictures! Look how lovely and gauzey it looks after! Beautiful! I think I need some blocking wires!

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    1. I couldn't believe my eyes! :) But yes, I can definitely recommend blocking wires :)

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  8. Beautiful shawl. I just bought blocking wires and now I have got to get those guys out and use them!

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