two things before i get started:
1) if you haven’t done so yet, go to my post from sunday and vote for la tricoteuse lanterne rouge (the last remaining knitter), and get into the moth race prize pool again!
here’s a taste of just one of the lovely things you can win; a hank of laceweight mohair fresh from the dye pot. well—ok, i’ll dry it before i send it to the winner.
2) don’t forget that 10% of all knitspot pattern sale—not just moth shawl patterns—made on or before August 31, 2006 will be donated to knitters without borders. see catalog in the sidebar for information about what’s available and how to order.
(of course you can donate to this wonderful cause any time at the yarn harlot’s site!)
ok, enough shilly-shallying! let’s talk about me and my knitting!
normally, by the time 24 hours has passed after completing a shawl, said article is dressed, dry, and posing for the papparazzi. but noooo . . . not this time.
right now, the humidity here is in the 85% range. the sky has been weeping a gray, greasy drizzle all afternoon (that started juuusst after i set out on my bike for home from classes—yay.). yucko.
so all i have is blocking shots, cuz baby ain’t dry. but you can still see how pretty the alpaca knitted up. it felt heavy when i was knitting it, but now that it is stretched a bit and flattened, the fabric is light and drapey. and the stripes at the edge are fast becoming my favorite part!
i did not stretch it to its maximum by any means. in fact, i left some of the bumpiness of the texture in the fabric, because this is definitely a winter shawl to keep warm in. it still has great stitch definition though.
and actually, i hardly used any pins—just a few along the top edge, and then a few near the “tail” which has a lot of extra increasing, and needs a little help. the rest, i just pushed flat with my fingers and eyeballed the evenness everywhere. i like that—that i know it is not perfectly measured-out and pinned exactly so. it still maintains the imprint of “the hand that made it” in its slightly imperfect waviness. like old glass, or hand carving, or handspun yarn.
i had to take pause as i was preparing the photos for today. it seems like i have done this post a lot this year, and sure enough, when i totted it up, this is my eighth shawl/stole since i started the blog in february (not counting the four-seasons one, which i completed last summer and only blocked this year).
interestingly enough, i still get the most response from readers for these lace posts, though one would think they’d get to be a bore after a while. but i’m sure somebody would let me know if that were true.
lace is magic, no?