Hey, look what I finally did!
I was in a right old project funk last night. I couldn't work on my socks cause of the whole yarn kerfuffle. The socks I was knitting with the green variegated yarn I purchased at Lilies was not inspiring at all. I'm knitting them with a K3 P2 rib on the whole sock and I'm still worried that they are going to be droopy. There isn't a lot of body to that yarn.
"But the cutting table is clear in the sewing room", I thought to myself. "You could finally block that shawl". So I did.
This is my second lace project, and the largest that I have ever knit. I finished the knitting back in March or April but have not had time, or space, to block it. It was great to finally have this WIP become a FO!
This is the Icarus Shawl from Interweave Knits Summer 2006. It is knit with Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Stream. It blocks out to roughly 6' x 3'. I want to pack it up and ship it this week once it is dry.
I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
I don't have blocking wires so I tried the blocking thread technique, but just along the top. I used trilene (plastic wire) and it worked great. No snags, no worries of tangling, it just glides right through the edge. Poor Tim was dragged into the sewing room to make a requisite "ooh" when he got home.
After the successful blocking I decided for kicks to start a new Last Minute Stripes Sweater in Knit Picks Simple Stripes (which is no longer available). I have 2 colorways: Crayon and Tropical. I started the sweater with Crayon since I know more people having boys. I'm knitting the 12 month size. I think this will distract me just fine from the socks.