Whitewater Blocking

Before I get to that, it’s 56 degrees here today. In August. Our furnace came on this morning and John looked at me suspiciously and asked, “did you turn that on?”

No dear, it’s just fracking cold here.

The lace is done, ends woven in, and it went for a swim this morning. As I’ve said before, I believe in full-immersion blocking. Besides, this one went down the Green River and the Colorado River, and needed a bath.

I use Kookaburra wool wash, and soaked this for about half an hour, then rinsed. I’ve used both the regular and the delicate versions of this product, and really can’t tell much difference.

Ready for the pinning ceremony:

I used a combination of blocking wires for the straight top edge, and pins for the side points.

Yes, that’s a lot of pins. It would be even more ridiculous without the wires on the top edge.

I’m going to find a wool sweater to wear. Project details and the requisite artsy photo when it’s dry.

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My name is Lorette. I learned to knit in 1999, and took up spinning in 2009. I'm a physician specializing in internal medicine, and live in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy my blog!


Whitewater Blocking — 14 Comments

  1. What kind of pins do you use? I just signed up for mystery stole 4, so I’ll be making my first lace and will need to block it, I know nothing :).
    It’s beautiful, btw.

  2. Pretty, pretty, pretty.
    Oh…its in the 90’s here. Just thought I’d share. (Do you know how screamiin’ hacked I’d be if I lived up there right now with those uber cold temps during pseudo-summer?)

  3. That shawl is so beautiful. You are inspiring me to try my first shawl. Of course, after I finish all the UFO I made a list of this morning.

  4. It’s lovely! Yikes – that is pretty chilly for August! We’ve been hovering in the upper 80s for days. I wouldn’t mind a chilly day or two, actually!

  5. That is beautiful. I hope you’ll give us a modeling shot when it is dry.
    It might be too cold for you in August, but I’d trade in the “real feel” 90-degree weather we’ve had for the last couple of weeks in a heartbeat. Today is the first reasonable summer day in a while–not too hot and breezy. I’ve been thinking about fall all day.

  6. Your blocking is perfection. I’m in total awe. The shawl is very lovely.