I recently finished a sample shawlette for Romney Ridge Farm. When I was talking with Kelly about knitting for her she told me that she was looking for a small shawl that would be like a one-skein wonder to use up a skein of her hand-dyed sport weight, that I could pick the pattern. I immediately set off on Ravelry and found several possibilities but settled on the “All About Love” pattern by Silvia Bo Bilvia. The skein I received is the most wonderful tones of green. I loved working with this yarn and the pattern, though I did have to modify. I worked up the lace section as written and had not even used up an ounce of the yarn. I did continue on to complete a bulk of the short rows and was still not even half-way through the skein. I ripped back to the lace and then worked another 16 rows of lace.
Here is the “before blocking” shot:
And after blocking:
I am a big fan of blocking wires now – they are a bit fiddly at first, but they do make things easier. This shawl is a bit more rectangle than crescent, but it still works.
Looking back, I may have done better to cast on more stitches instead of just repeating the lace (I have less than one ounce of yarn remaining), but I am pleased with the end result! I would knit this pattern again. The lace is not complicated at all and was good SnB knitting or tv knitting.
I have another knitting job to add to my resume – blocker. A fellow knitter put out a call looking for someone who loves blocking. She finished Rock Island and did not have the space to block it. I replied to her that I didn’t mind it and I had received a set of blocking wires for Christmas that I was itching to try out. We worked out a deal and she sent along the shawl and payment. Here it is blocking with the wires:
I have to say that I don’t think I really saved any time using the blocking wires as compared to using a bunch of pins but it did make getting a straight line at the top and down the center spine a lot easier! I do like how I could easily adjust the spacing to ensure each section was a uniform width.
What does one earn for blocking a shawl? I jumped when the offer was made – Wollmeise! A skein of 100% Superwash in ‘Tambopata’ – there’s that teal-ish green again with black. And then I won another skein of Wollmeise on a Ravelry giveaway! Also 100% Superwash in ‘Feldmauschen’ that is sort of brownish-greyish-plum? Tricky to photograph, but oh so pretty.