Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Karabella Lace fir cone shawl center, blocked

I just love blocking lace! And whatever others may say, I do enjoy knitting lace with this yarn. While it has shrunk back a bit, I think it is no more than I would expect. I used a 3.5 mm (3 US) needle.

Before blocking, the piece measured about 16x16 inches. Here it is in a field of Veronica...


























Pinned out, it measured about 29x29 inches. I left it to try overnight, unpinned it in the morning and it immediately shrunk 1 inch to 28x28. I left it undisturbed for another 8 hours. It shrunk back one more inch in that time, to 27x27.




















































When I returned from work, I could resist no longer and took it for another whirl in the garden.




































































I just measured again and it is now 26x26 inches. The bumps that you can see in the first picture show no signs of re-appearing. For now, I have a 60% increase in size from the unblocked state. Quite respectable, but I will check again in the morning. Now, I'll get back to the pink blanket.

PS. No one has guessed the answer to yesterday's question correctly yet! Keep trying.

6 comments:

Mary Lou said...

I was looking forward to the answer! A ghost? Love the fir cone center.

Helen said...

Is it someting to do with the heat? Floorboards expanding and contracting?

Helen said...

I meant the heating system, not actual heat.

Raveller said...

Nope, none of the answers given so far are correct.

Anonymous said...

Did you have a small earthquake?

Anonymous said...

Was it caused by the wind?