February 9, 2007
Beginner Sampler Shawl is complete!
I finally buckled down and was determined to finish that border last night. I did finish it and blocked it last night. The border was torture. Okay, it was just boring. After doing one of the long straight sides, I got tired of turning the work back and forth. I started knitting backwards and everything went much faster as a result. This shawl is HUGE. Because of it's pre-blocking size, I didn't block it as aggressively as I usually do. I'm not very happy with how it looks. I think that I will block it bigger when I feel up to all that pinning again.
Yarn: Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud in Iris (approx 4.66 skeins used)
Needles: Knitpicks Classic Circulars-size 3 for the body and 2 for the border
Unblocked size: 85" x 29"
Blocked size: 92" x 35"
Started: November 14, 2006
Completed: February 8, 2007
Here it is blocking. I blocked in on a really old green and white gingham sheet from the 70's. It helped me evenly space out the points of the borders. I must mention that this shawl called for approximately 1650 yds of "superfine weight" yarn. Alpaca Cloud is pretty fine for a laceweight. I ended up using 4 skeins of alpaca cloud for the main body of this shawl. Each skein is roughly 440 yards. I ended up using around 2/3 of a fifth skein of yarn to do the border. Even though dyelots were different, you can't really tell the difference. Thank goodness.