So this was my first time blocking a lace shawl, or a lace anything, or to be perfectly honest I have never used pins when blocking anything before. You could probably say that I have never actually blocked anything before. So here it is:
Looking at it now, I see all kinds of adjustments to the pins that I want to make. But I can’t, since I blocked it at my sister’s. I hope it turns out okay. Lace makes me nervous. Here is the shawl before blocking:
I made this for my sister and she is happy with it. I’m just happy to have finally made a lace shawl. I’ve been working on a bunch of new stuff, including a (much less lacy) lace shawl and a sweater for 海丰。
It’s done! The steek cutting went well, but Felted Tweed doesn’t steek as well as Lopi does. It’s too light and cobweb-y.
I’m really happy about the way it turned out, and the pattern for the sweater is incredible. It’s an amazing pattern for a generic cardigan, I could make this sweater over and over again, just changing the yoke patt to make it different from the last.
I’ve been knitting up a storm (for me, anyway), but I put the Sutton Hoo hat on the backburner because I found my husband’s missing hat from last year and my son doesn’t have a single knitted sweater that fits. I’m already nearly half-way through the Ryuu-ko sweater.
Oh, and happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!
Cityscape: sleeves, yoke, collar, all done!! I thought I’d post some pictures showing how I plan to cut the steek. I’ve never had a problem with steeking, but all my experience with steeks involves lopi, which is a very sticky wool yarn. Felted Tweed is part merino, alpaca, and rayon, and the knit fabric is very light, so long story short I don’t want to cut the steek until after the buttonbands are complete. The pictues below show the steek ready to be cut. I will cut the sweater along the orange yarn, gently pulling it out as I go. I sewed through the knit stitches on either side of the orange yarn, using yellow and blue. Once I cut the steek, I will sew the edges to the inside of the sweater, using sewing thread. Hopefully, I will have pictures of the completed cardie very soon!
cityscape yoke showing where steek is to be cut
- Cityscape with steek ready to be cut