Thursday, 25 July, 2024

By The Fibreside

Knitting and spinning on the Sunshine Coast of BC

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Wave Maiden

A few years ago now, I was sitting in a waiting room while my car was getting an oil change, and I was knitting away on a pair of fingerless mittens. I believe this was the time it took them four hours to do an oil change, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is, I was there long enough for several sets of people to come and go, and one of those sets of people included a woman who was thrilled to bits to see a younger person knitting. She asked me what I liked to knit, and I said that I knit just about everything but clothes, but I did like to knit shawls. “Oh,” she said, “I knit a shawl once, but it looked awful, so I just put it in a drawer.”

“Did you block it?” I asked.

She gave me a blank look.

Sometimes I think about that woman. I wrote down a whole bunch of information for her, things like blocking and Ravelry and the times we meet at the library, but I’ve never seen her since. I hope she went home and looked up blocking, at least, and blocked her shawl. Because blocking, like turning a heel (every time), is Knitting Magic.

Wave Maiden came off the needles crumpled, wrinkly, and small. You remember?

Here's another picture, which should give you a comparative scale.
Here’s another picture, which should give you a comparative scale.

Saturday morning, she got a bath and a block.

Just a teensy bit bigger. :) I forgot to take measurements.
Just a teensy bit bigger. 🙂 I forgot to take measurements.

I have an assortment of blocking paraphernalia now, wires, flexible wires, and a lot of T-pins. The paraphernalia doesn’t speed up blocking per se. Wave Maiden was a fairly simple shawl to block, and it still took me 40 minutes to get her laid out just right. I think when I did Priest’s Moonshadow, it took me over two hours. But wires mean you can get away with only 24 T-pins (I counted when I took them out), instead of hundreds, and they help with nice crisp lines, so I’m really glad I made the investment (and put the flexible ones on my Christmas list; thanks Mom and Dad!). Once she was laid out, then it was just waiting, and this afternoon, she was dry.

This is fairly close to true colour. It's too cold and snowy to go outside!
This is fairly close to true colour. It’s too cold and snowy to go outside!

For such a simple combination of stitch patterns, the effect is really magical. There’s a great deal of wave going on in this shawl, and I’m really pleased with the colour as well. And after blocking, it is by no means too small. But I had to create a fairly impressive tower of books and boxes to get you a half-decent photograph.

I also figured out my camera timer, but not necessarily the focus...
I also figured out my camera timer, but not necessarily the focus…

With Dad here tomorrow, maybe we can get a better one. 🙂

Anyway, Wave Maiden. Two thumbs up from this knitter. Just a pleasure from beginning to end. Can’t wait to wear her.

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