Saturday, March 6, 2010

Got Yarn, Will Travel

For such a long time I have admired the very talented knitters who churn out shawl after beautiful shawl.  I have wanted to join in, but have always been a little scared.  All that lace.  Then it dawned on me that I have been knitting lace for ages now, just in a different form - socks.  This realisation led me to trawl through Ravelry and my yarn stash, and I came up with this:


My first shawl!!
Pattern:  Traveling Woman by Liz Abinante
Yarn:  Merino Sock by Knitabulous in Ruby Slippers
Needles: 4.5mm 

I really love it.  It is just the right size to wear as a scarf and the colour is just gorgeous.  I can see me getting around with this a lot this winter.

I really have no idea about blocking, but I just soaked it in some woolwash and stretched it out onto some of those foam blocks for kids and pinned it out.  Seems to work!!  

I did run into some trouble when blocking the bind off edge.  I think it is bound off too tightly - it doesn't seem to want to stretch all the way out.  I need to investigate some different techniques.  Just not for this one, I cannot be bothered to undo it and try again.

Oh and the foam blocks, got them for a steal at the crappy craft store that starts with L.


Leonie said...

Good on you for trying something that you thought would be a challenge and succeeding in completing it in such a wonderful fashion. Love the colour :-)

Bells said...

fantastic! I've been meaning to do that shawl for a while now. I hear casting off with a needle size several sizes bigger than what you used can help.


Blog Template by
Sponsored by Free Web Space