I think there are projects that I hate to finish – for example, I loved knitting the fair isle part of the Canada socks and was sorry when I finished it. And then there are projects that you are happy to finish, and pretty sure you will never knit the pattern again (Embossed Leaves anyone?). I was pretty sure that the Kimono shawl would end up being in the latter category….but….now that its done…I’m not so sure.
I cast off last night – I did 22 repeats. Before I cast off, Cieara tried it on, and I thought it was long enough. But I can’t say that I was all that impressed….it looked just sort of bleh. Not all that different except it wasn’t on needles….
Today Larry helped me block it…..I had never blocked lace so it was a little stressful, but we eventually figured it out (and I have to say – Larry really is a good guy for helping me like this). Once it was blocked, the pattern really popped out, and I could see how nice it was going to be – and the size – which was a lot bigger.
I waited all day for it to dry. I know that I’ve read on other blogs that everyone feels this way the first time they block lace, but I was really nervous that once I took it off the blocking wires and pins, it would just revert to what it was before. I just went upstairs, and removed the wires and pins…and guess what? It worked!
Unfortunately, the sun is down, so I can’t get really good pictures, but ….here it is….and I love it.
The shawl is so soft, light and airy….and the yarn is beautiful. Its truly amazing that how lace turns from just bleh to wow! It really makes me want to cast on for a new shawl right now. The pattern is very easy for a first time lace project, and honestly, I wouldn’t mind making it again someday. I highly recommend the yarn – the colors are just beautiful. Mountain Fog has very subtle changes from light to dark blue, and its so soft. I washed it before I blocked it and I didn’t have any color wash out. I think that I’ll be buying more laceweight from Black Bunny, and would recommend it.
I also realized that I haven’t finished a big project in a while (only socks, scarves, etc) – and the feeling I get when I finish something like this is just….well, let’s just say that I’ve been knitting like a fiend on Ariann now to get that done soon too. I need to stop making small things and start finishing my bigger projects. Because once I finish everything in the knitting basket….I can cast on for more lace!