Monday, 13 June 2011

Meandering Vines

It's off the needles, it's finished blocking and here it is....

Meandering Vines in Paton's UK Vintage

For further blog entries about the project, please look here (on blocking 

P.S. Now that I am the proud owner of a shawl, I will need to source a shawl pin.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Meandering Vines by Susanna IC - Almost Finished...

According to an earlier blog entry, I began to work on "Meandering Vines" back in March 2011. It seems so long ago and I started several other projects whilst knitting the shawl.  

Meandering Vines

Finally, after three months of knitting on and off, it is finished. Well, ... almost finished. It's currently blocking. The shawl is knitted in a relatively thick cotton / acrylic yarn (Paton's UK Vintage) and blocking was an absolute must on this project.

The pattern is simple and straightforward, and, as promised by the designer, it can be knit in pretty much every type of yarn.  -   An easy knit for the beginner lace knitter.

My blocking method is a little quirky (see below). I neither own a blocking board, which would accommodate the full length of the shawl, nor do I have blocking pins, which would be strong enough to hold the fabric in place.

Meandering Vines in Patons UK Vintage - Blocking in Progress

Meandering Vines in Patons UK Vintage - Blocking in Progress

After some deliberation I decided to suspend the shawl with the help of two pegged coat - hangers from the top shelf of the wardrobe. The triangular corners on either side of the shawl are fastened to both sides of the wardrobe with the help of some scrap yarn (inserted in the eyelet stitches and then tied to the sides of the wardrobe). A further two coat hangers keep the garment in place at the bottom of the wardrobe.

Once this arrangement was in place, I lightly misted the garment with cold water.

Pictures of the blocked garment can be found here.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

The Big Knit back

The waiting is over. 

Innocent Smoothies have just announced that the big knit is back for 2011

  • This year's deadline is 14th October 2011.

  • The campaign goal is 650000 hats, equalling a donation of £162,500 to Age UK 

(£0.25 for every knitted hat)

Two of my hats that didn't make it in 2010

I suppose I better go, sort my yarns and start knitting...only 131 days left until 14th October 2011.

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