Sunday, February 28, 2016

As February fades...

Is it just me, or has February just flown by?

Despite the speed of the days, work on the lace tunic has just crawled. But Friday night, I finally got the back done and on the blocking board (and one of these days, I really need to invest in some blocking wires)
If there's ever a piece of advice I'd give to new lace knitters... it's never judge a piece until you've blocked it. Blocking is sheer magic when it comes to lace - it completely changes everything. Something that was a fairly dense tangle of yarn is now light and airy...
... and absolutely beautiful!

When I cast off, the length was somewhere around 26 inches. The pattern, as written, said it would be 30 inches after blocking. But I'd added three extra repeats for just a bit more length. And I got a nice respectable 36 inches out of it.

Of course... I can't get too excited. I still have to knit the front...AND both sleeves. I'm in this one for the long haul!

7 comments:

Araignee said...

That really is beautiful. It's going to be a masterpiece when done so hang in there!

Minding My Own Stitches said...

It looks absolutely beautiful! Blocking really is magic, isn't it?!?!?!

kathy b said...

That is a work of art. Seriously You are such a great knitter

Dee said...

Such a beautiful lace pattern!

The Well Fed Wheel said...

It's gorgeous!! That's one of my most favorite colors and you've totally done it justice.

Judy S. said...

That is an amazing piece of lace! I can't wait to see the rest of it. Knit on, it's gorgeous.

elns said...

It really is lovely and your blocking advice is spot on. It just blooms, but I haven't got your amazing patience and skill. Wow, it's already a beauty.