Up bright and early this morning because it's too hot to sleep (yeah, not a big fan of the A/C) and I had to block my Shetland Stole.
This project flew, I tell you. Flew! It was only last weekend that I joined this second ball of rescue yarn from Melissa. The rythym of this stitch pattern was so relaxing, and I found myself grabbing for my needles constantly. I used Fir Cone from Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, you can order directly from the publisher at that site by simply scrolling down the page.
In between sips of coffee (yes, I must have my morning java even on the hottest of days) this was my view this morning:
It's good to know that my table is part of Drexel's "Today's Living" series. It came to me via aout six months' worth of browsing on Craigslist.
Blocking the stole under the table made sense. I got a large expanse of rug, and there was little chance that a careless foot would step on a pin.
If I continue to knit and to block lace, then I must invest in some blocking wires (Don't you love how we write things like "invest in blocking wires" when all we really should write is "spend money and buy yet more knitting crap"? It's not like the blocking wires wil appreciate in value over time. I'm not going to be able to retire on my blocking-wire income.) All those pins!
I did something pretty clever here. I didn't bind off the end stitches just yet. My thinking was that if I were to bind off after blocking, the edge created would be more true to the actual stole size. As with the cast-on edge, I plan to bind off in a larger needle size.
Golly: not too long until Knitsmiths. Two weeks in a row, people! Yay!