Good afternoon and what a lovely one it's been too. In fact it's been a really lovely weekend here in the east. I've spent lots of time catching up on the August 'Fall in Full Color Club' project 'Autumn Longshadows' and at last it's finished. I soaked and blocked it last night and by this morning it was dry and ready to go. The finish is so smooth and beautifully drapey. I love it!
Using blocking rods, makes the whole process so much easier. I got the rods in place first, before stretching the piece out to the required measurements.
Yes, lots of pins were required!
The ends needing some careful pinning out too, to keep the gorgeous leafy template.
I think blocking brings magic to lace knitting. It suddenly transforms the fabric into something breathtakingly beautiful.
The scarf was made in two symmetrical pieces, that were then grafted, as you can see in the photo above. This was the first time I have made a garment, other than socks, that requires grafting in this way and I'm really pleased with the results.
It's just well I finished, as the September yarn arrived on Friday. It's Shalimar Yarns 'Breathless' in colourwayhazel leaf, which, as with all the club yarns, is an exclusive colourway. It's a merino, cashmere and silk mix and totally soft and squishy, with a lovely bounce to it.
The pattern has been released too and is a very pretty shawlette. However, I haven't yet decided whether to go with the shawlette, or to make Miss Doolittle, another Anne Hanson faviourite of mine. I don't tend to wear shawls very often, unless they are dark and it seems such a shame to waste the yarn on knitting up something that might get very little wear. I'll let you know my decision! Oscar certainly approved of the colourway.....
Must fly! I've loads of schoolwork to get done this evening, that I've been putting off all weekend. I'll leave you with another glorious sunset, captured on Tuesday evening this week as we walked Oscar around the lake close to our home. Quite magical!
Have a good week!