Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, a-blocking we will go

I blocked Travelling Roses over the weekend--

This time I invested in a yardstick and some heavy-duty T-pins. Unfortunately, I didn't get quite enough of the latter and had to fill in with regular dressmaker's pins. Lots of them. Here's the scarf, full-size (click to embiggen):

I desperately need some blocking wires--I estimate, conservatively, that there are about 250 pins in this thing. Blocked, it's about 60" long and 7" wide, which is a little smaller than Leanne's (66x8). I probably could have blocked it a little more severely along the width, but I didn't want to break any threads.

I was once again amazed at how magical lace is when blocked. What was all crumply before becomes elegant and orderly. I'm even more amazed at how it stays that way when you take the pins out. This picture gives you a better idea of the colors:

Next time: finished scraf (as K would say)!

(I again apologize for the photos--these were taken at high noon, but you'd never know, would you?)


itsamonster said...

That is a beautiful scarf. I hate it when I run out of pin when I am blocking, too.

Lanafactrix said...

I wouldn't mind if the little pins weren't so hard on the hands . . . my fingertips are still sore!