Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Yarn Along - Another Liddy Shawl

I wanted to have a fun knitting project to work on while I helped Liddy get used to living in the barn last week.  I always like to try a pattern with something new to me and this time picked a ruffle.  The yarn is some beautiful Cotswold yarn from Nistock Farms and the pattern is Jadyn Shire by Lynn di Christina.

Liddy and I worked on the shawl together or I should probably say I knit and Liddy tried to steal and chew on the needles and rip everything back out.  We worked in the B A R N and out in the paddock. After a day or so I added Blossom to the mix  and then several days later added Lila in, too.  And by the end of the week Liddy was pretty well set and I had a new shawl and a couple of new skills :-).


By the way, I started the shawl a few days before we moved to the barn.  I did get a little faster knitting with this project, but not a 'shawl in a week' faster ;-).


Here's where things got a bit disappointing.  The shawl started at the top center and built down, back and forth, longer and longer.  Doing this left a big hump at the top - actually way taller than it looks here.  I should have taken the picture looking down on it instead of at an angle that minimized it...  I was sure it would never block out straight.  Still, you know I loves to block me some knitting ;-).


Even if it didn't need an aggressive block, after spending a week in the barn with Liddy, it needed a good wash.  I used fairly hot water and my favorite Mrs. Meyer's lavender laundry soap.  I let it soak a good long time - around 25 minutes - changed the water and let it soak again, changed the water and added a tiny bit of lavender fabric softener and gave it a final rinse.  Wrapped it in a towel and headed to the porch.


I again used my de-lux insulation boards and floral pins.  I keep toying with getting a set of blocking wires, but for now, these work just fine.  I started at the top by pulling the right and left tight enough that the top line became straight, pinning as I went.  I then pulled down the bottom center and pinned that.  I then started working my way out on each side until magically it all laid flat and smooth and...


... straight!  Honestly, I was a bit surprised.  I really didn't think that would work.  And notice how all the wonky stitches from the top picture look nice and tidy now?  Always block your knitting!


I wasn't sure how to block the ruffle so I just futzed around with it a bit and let it do what it wanted.  I think it looks pretty good, but would welcome some better suggestions.



Pats on the back for everyone :-D.

After listening to A Man Called Ove (now twice), I could hardly wait for the release of Fredrick Backman's new book, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry.  I listened to the audio sample on Audible and was a little concerned.  I thought about getting the actual book and just reading it myself, but really wanted something to listen to while I knitted.  Not to worry.  The reader was wonderful.  They just picked an odd spot to sample.  The story was fabulous!  

Joining in with Ginny...



21 comments:

  1. What a great post! I love the idea of you knitting out in the barn surrounded by your animals :-) Thanks for showing the detailed photos of how you blocked your knitting. It's amazing what a difference it makes! Lovely, soft shawl!!

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  2. I wouldn't do any blocking on the ruffle. I think it complements the shawl nicely by being soft and ruffly.

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  3. Wow, wow! That shawl is so very lovely! I also block everything and it is like magic in front of me to stitches even end and patterns smoothed. I love your animals, they are beautiful!

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  4. That is an amazing shawl! Perfect colour too - so simple and elegant.

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  5. The shawl is beautiful! I'm not sure how to block the ruffle edge myself. You did a good job so I would go with it.

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  6. You should knit in the B A R N more often! That is a beauty of a shawl! Good to see it block out just fine! Love the ruffles. Liddy and gang look just fine...I wonder if Liddy is figuring out she is a sheep:)

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  7. Beautiful! Blocking is the magic that makes our knits come alive. :)

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  8. Great work on that shawl, I like the way you blocked it and the way the ruffles are naturally a little fluffier... yay to Liddy for her collaboration. :D

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    1. What a difference, looks like two totally different shawls. Good job, no, great job.

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  9. Oh my! The shawl is beautiful!

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  10. A beautiful shawl and a gentle transition to BARN for Liddy. A very successful week all round.

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    1. That is breathtaking! It is so delicate. Thank you for sharing.

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    2. That is breathtaking! It is so delicate. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Very nice shawl, although my favourite is that airy lacy one you did a while ago. Liddy looks like she will be just fine in the B A R N but looks back for reassurance in that photo.

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  12. I love the shawl and the pleated edging!! so so pretty. I also love how blocking is the miracle wonder of the knitting world.

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  13. That is one of the most beautiful shawls I've ever seen! Gorgeous! Liddy looks happy.

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  14. Just beautiful ! So glad you had Liddy for a companion!!!

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  15. Very pretty, and Liddy looks nicely settled in to sheepy life.

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  16. Yes, MUST block!! I wasn't so sure about the ruffles but like them after the blocking!

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  17. Soooo pretty!!! And isn't Liddy just the big girl now?! :( Don't you wish you could keep them all babies? Or is that just me with my three kids talking?! Oh, yes...block, block, block. :)

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