So today, perhaps inspired by Eunny’s post on blocking, I decided to finally get around to blocking my Diamond Fantasy Shawl. I knit it with some very very very fine black lambswool (825 yards/60 grams). It was a challenge, but then I suppose it’s best for me to knit black lace while I’ve still got good eyesight.
First I soaked it with a little bit of gentle soap. Some of the dye seemed to come out in the washing, but the rinsing was fine. I squeezed it gently in a towel. In case there was more colour leakage, I got out an older sheet to block it on. When gingerly started laying it out on the guest bed I realized that it was so big it would have to be laid out diagonally.
It looks like there was some breakage here causing the hole. Hmm, sad, and it’s way down near the bottom. I decided to press on. A little later on this other hole became evident. This just looks like a little knitting boo boo.
Great. I love it. It’s light, it’s mostly done, but now what the heck do I do? How am I to properly repair these holes? I can unknit & drop stitches wonderfully, but I’ve no idea what to do with this finished cast off shawl. Time for a bit of denial before moving on to a solution.