Sunday, April 8, 2007

Blocking

is essential to lace knitting.

The first shawl I did from "our" book was "Stripes & Torchon Lace" from page 158.

Before blocking the shawl looked like a picture of misery in some way.

Didn't it?

While blocking you can imagine the beautiful design


and I really like how it is turning out so far.
Hope soon to have a picture of the finished piece which my best friend got for her birthday.

Karin

9 comments:

Cathy said...

I wouldn't say misery - more like a caterpillar about to turn into a butterfly! The shawl is beautiful, and I love the photo with the alphabet foam tiles peeking through.

brewerburns said...

I'm always amazed by the effect of blocking on lace.

knit or knot said...

Gorgeous shawl...thanks for sharing!

I agree with you about blocking. I love the finished product it creates. The difference between blocking and not blocking is like comparing a wrinkled cotton shirt with one that his crisply ironed and starched. I do not undersand why someone would not block lace!

Artis-Anne said...

LOL at firt glance I thought WOW she has yarn that turns into letters !!Sorry not fully awake yet.
Great shawl and yes I love the blocking effect too

Frau Holda said...

Beautiful work! And now I know what to do with the foam puzzle blocks my kids don't play with anymore!

Brenda said...

Very beautiful! Blocking is a wondrous thing!

Anni said...

Wow, is that the same shawl???!!!! It looks amazing while blocking. Where did all those colours come from? Love it.

Karin Rosman said...

Very pretty. And I've been wanting to pick up some puzzle blocks for my son, not to mention that I had no idea how I was going to block my scarf!

Team Knit ! said...

what a great idea to use foam blocks for blocking@! kudos!