Friday, 4 July 2014

FO Friday : What A Difference .....

Phantomwise Tarot

.... a day makes. Well, yes. But that's not what I'm talking about, actually. I'm talking about the difference that blocking can make to a shawl. Same pattern shawl, slight difference in the blocking, big difference in the end result - as you can see:

Lale Lace Shawl, Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace                                                   

Lale Lace Shawl, Austermann Merino Lace

And a close-up so you can see I beaded the burgundy version:

Both yarns were laceweight, knitted on 3.75mm needles; I used 25g/350m of the Austermann Merino Lace, and approx. the same of the Cascades Alpaca Lace. Both shawls were blocked aggressively, but the pink shawl is larger; the burgundy shawl is beaded, using 19g or so of size 8/0 ruby silver-lined Czech preciosa rocailles from Laserbeads at Etsy, who combines excellent prices with matching service and quality.

An interesting comparison of resulting shape and size - at least to me. For you ? You may have this classy ear-worm for the rest of the day:


  1. They are both gorgeous :)

  2. Blocking amazes me. I think something will block out two inches longer, instead it gets 5 inches wider. Both shawls are magnificent, and I am as always awed by your skill with the lace. I've caught myself singing that song (mixing lines from the english and spanish versions) several times since my post in May with the Dinah Washington and Eydie Gorme versions. Love the Deano version too - he's just so smoooooooth, isn't he?

  3. You are indeed an artist! this is amazing

  4. You are indeed an artist. This is amazing!


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