Blocking Wires? Just head for your local welding supply place and ask for welding rod, in the thickness of your choice. It's stainless steel, and very much cheaper - and longer, than the "made for knitters" product.
I peeked at the cover of your new book. Does this mean that once you finish touring for Book One, you will begin again for Book Two?
LMAO ...strangling... bobbles... LOL
Chinese-noodle-like escaping stitches? Strangling bobbles? You are ON today, Harlot!
Thanks for the laughs on a fairly ill-spent Thursday (cleaning!)
By the way, the blocked shawl is looking superfabulous!
What size needles did you use for the alpaca dental floss? I have some laceweight alpaca, and the 3,5 mm approach left the shawl-to-be looking like utter crap. I ripped it out and started again with the yarn doubled and 4,5 mm needles...
Yes, I know blocking works magic for lace. Yes, I know a swatch would be handy.
The trials only make the end product more beautiful, apparently! The shawl is gorgeous, of course.
I hate blocking.
I hate it so much I usually avoid making items I have to block.
So why am I knitting a scarf that will have to be blocked? Because I'm a glutton for punishment.
The shawl looks stunning.
You with your finished projects! I can't believe the rate with which you crank them out. I'm embarrassed to call myself a knitter. :)
duh! now why didn't i think of that? that denny is a lifesaver.
Lying on my desk, waiting for me to hurry and finish the kimono shawl I've been knitting (very intermittently), are several tubes of: 0.032 in. wire stock for flexible blocking wires and 1/16 in. brass rod for regular blocking wires. We'll see how this works.
At least my shawl's just a rectangle...
The shawl looks fantastic. Where is everyone seeing your new book cover? I have looked and have not found it. With all the time off from your current touring schedule you will be able to spin a bunch for Joe's gansey. Have we guilty you enough about it yet?
Here is the amazon entry for Book2
I think the cover is a total hoot. Expand it to get the full effect.
Blocking on white is the way to go. It can't absorb any dyes from the fabric it's on that way.
Denny's idea is fabulous! Though for me I already have wires, so it's moot, but what a creative way out of your problem! Cool! And thanks for such a great laugh--again. And again. And again.
Heh. Your shawl has dingle balls.
What would we do without Denny's wisdom? We would all be tangled up, with our ends hanging out, and short on fleece and wit. Definitely a very smart woman.
Well, having seen the thing itself, in person, I can say that dental floss is a fair approximation but it doesn't really do the stuff justice. The blocking looks awesome.
Did someone tell you I just ordered blocking wires from Fiddlesticks? I'm sitting here contemplating the irony - you could probably walk there, and you circumvented the wire issue entirely.
Am probably too late to suggest that instead of knitting bobbles, they could be felted into existence.
That is not an orginal idea of mine. I've seen in in the past couple of days or so on a knitting blog - somewhere.
(I'll keep my eyes open for it again to pass on the website.)
Your alpaca dental floss shawl *almost* inspires me to try my hand at lace knitting!
Thank you Laurie for the link to Steph's next book! The cover IS a hoot.
You can buy fine gauge wire from a place like H*me Dep*t and use that instead of succumbing to blocking wires. Actually that string is pretty clever.
Oh my. The shawl looks amazing--and also I am re-tempted into spinning by the concept that I could obtain a full fleece and turn it into a full sweater.
I am seriously excited about all the "not-blocking-wire" ways to block long edges suggested in this post!
Three cheers for Denny! :)
BEEEEEYUUUUTIFULLLLLL! I am stunned. Lace is magic, is it not?
I miss you, you author.
Gorgeous shawl, hootiful cover! I can't wait to read it!
I like that your friends are clever, and your clever in posting about your cleaver freinds. It makes this great circle knowledge thng that totally makes sense and helps out others with that 100 pin issue. Thanks.
Thanks for putting a smile on my face this rainy, chilly Thursday. Denny=genius. And I love, LOVE, the cover of the book. I want to hang it on my wall (or at least put it on a t-shirt).
Denny gave you great hints and the alpaca dental floss shawl is looking gorgeous. I will really love to see it after's it done blocking. I'm not a fan of bobbles either, but it sure does look nice on the shawl.
Here's another version of that string method ... Loosely run the string all the way around a square or rectangular shawl (just through the points if your pattern has them), leaving loops of string at each corners. With another person's help, pull the four loops to stretch out the knitting and pin as needed. In addition to the welding wire, I've read about bass guitar stings for cap sleeves. Harlot, you should be able to get a hold of some of those – ask your sock to ask his musician friends.
Sorry, that was a cold comment -- all tech and no gush. Gorgeous shawl and it looks so comfy and soft. Could you blog the pattern source please? Strangling bobbles sounds amusing.
I am living for this. I cast on for Peacock Feathers last night.
At the risk of offending someone (everyone?), can I just say that your Alpaca and Corry picture looks like a movie still from Mandingo?
don't you feel so happy with the great job you did?I love that feeling,maybe thats why I like blocking so much
I am so glad you posted about the thread... I have almost finished my wedding flower basket shawl and this will save me so much time! (I am a little overwhelmed with the wire idea.)
Your friend's solution is exactly the way Galina Khmeleva teaches blocking her Orenburg shawls!
It looks amazing all blocked out. The magic of lace :) Looks like you made your own blocking wire!
it's amazing. i have yet to try my hand at lace, although i'm contemplating a christmas project which i had better start soon, lol. just need to get the yarn from martheme (it's gonna be silk, the giftee is allergic to wool). the cover of your new book is a riot! are you ever gonna make it anywhere near omaha, ne? i would love it!
Ooh the shawl looks great, the new book looks great. Just on little problem, looks like I will have to wait a while to read it It's not released in the UK 'til September!
The dental floss shawl looks great. Re Blocking, I tried fishing line (0.35mm "ideal for feeder and big fish") thinking if it didn't work I could always catch a sea bass with it. Worked a treat. The chap's face in the fishing tackle shop was a picture as I tried to explain what I wanted.
Kate, I agree with the fishing line choice. The Forest Path stole pattern from Interweave Knits suggests this and it does work well. I use a high-strength line and heat the ends to make a smooth "ball-point" so it will thread through the knitting without a needle. My last shawl blocked out so big I would have had to use two of the Zonta wires on each side. So big I ran out of bed surface or it would have been even bigger!
Unladylike comments and the alpaca's mother...
My husband often says "I thought knitting was supposed to be a RELAXING hobby?" when I'm on my third chorus of "God-effing-dammit!"
Cursed With Curses,
From book2book2book2 editorial review on Amazon:
'Since the upsurge in knitting began in the early '90s, the number of women under 45 who knit has doubled. Knitting is no longer a hobby for just grandmothers'
Does this mean that if I'm over 45 I fall into the category of 'just grandmothers'?
What a difference that blocking made!!! From a shriveled pile of floss to a beauty of a shawl. You just may convince me that blocking is not a pain in the arse not worth doing - but is actually a pain in the arse that should be done!
Galina emphatically recommends nylon string, not cotton--it's much smoother and won't weld itself to the item being blocked--I don't know that cotton would do that, but given Murphy's law and the perversity of inanimate ojects, why take a chance?
Thanks to Denny for the great blocking tip, and to you for publishing it. I am making a small shawl right now, so will get to try it out soon.
i have to say that i've been reading your blog for a little while now, and love it. just recently i got your book and love it too! your too funny! just letting you know you have one more faithful reader:)
Ah. What breathtaking gossamer. Truly the work of Great Spider Woman. It is beautiful enough to make ME want to wear a white lace shawl, and I am not by any means a demure, dainty, or soft-spoken white lace sort of person. For me to wear lace it has to be bouncy and psychedelic and ready to pack up and follow the Grateful Dead around, or at least pretend to be doing so.
Nonetheless, I imagine wrapping myself in this white and fragile web and actually looking like a girl for a change.
'Tis a garment fit for a Faerie Queene and makes me want to make a wish.