Saturday, 28 May 2011

A Special Shawl - Part II

I said previously that I had of course finished my wedding shawl, so here are some pictures. I loved knitting this pattern, and think i'll be doing a lot more lace. It's ravelled here

Here it is unblocked.

Here it is blocking on our spare bed, and yes that's a double bed the shawl is stretched over!
I used this method to block, as I have no blocking wires. I just used some spare laceweight yarn in a contrast colour run through the top of the shawl.

Here's a detail shot...

After its first blocking, the shawl sprang back quite a lot, but a lot of people had said that might happen, and so I left my blocking line in place. 

I gave the shawl a second bath.. and pinned it out again. I left it pinned out for several days and this time it seemed not to spring back so much when I released it.

The shawl got packed up safe and sound in some tissue paper, ready for the big day.

Friday, 27 May 2011

April sock club - finished

So I've been away for a little while.. and there's a jolly good reason for that! I've been a little too busy with wedding planning, and actually getting married to blog my crafty stuff. That's not to say I haven't been crafting, I just haven't been reporting it!

So here we go...
You've seen the start of April's socks, and they were finished ehem.. not in April, but mid-way through May (there are no May socks, but you never know I might catch up and still manage twelve pairs in twelve months).

The socks started out for me, but when asked what she wanted for her birthday, my lovely friend Laura replied that she wanted something I'd knitted, and so the socks became slightly smaller than planned, and became a birthday present.

Here are the socks on the morning we were picking Laura up the morning before the wedding...

And here are the socks on Laura, on her birthday, a few days later!

I'd say we have a happy customer :)

I'll be back to blog the shawl, the wedding and all my other ongoing projects very soon!