Monday, 13 June 2011

Mo's Beautiful Swallowtail

Mo gave me her recently-completed Swallowtail shawl to block. (photo by Mo)
This shawl is SO easy to block. After soaking the shawl in tepid water, press out the water (don't pull or stretch the wet fibre) and lay it out on a towel. Roll the towel up to express the maximum amount of water from the shawl. Then on a towel-covered carpet or bed or foam squares, run the blocking wires through the eyelet edge along the longest side (the 'hypotenuse' for you math lovers). Then run blocking wires through each point on each side and one through the eyelet or centre stitches on the 'spine'. Stretch the wires out as far as you can and pin them in place (stainless steel, rustless pins). Here's one of my Swallowtails blocking.Measure each tip to the centre along the long edge to make sure each side is the same length from the centre and adjust as needed. Measure each of the shorter edges to make sure they are the same length and adjust as needed. However the shawl dries is how it will stay once the wires are removed. It's nice to have a perfectly symmetric shawl for ease in folding and storing.

Mo used Handmaiden Fine Yarn Mini Maiden yarn.
Her nupps in the Lily of the Valley section looked awesome.
It also happened to be a beautiful day out. It's very photogenic, don't you think?
It didn't hurt that some of my peonies are in bloom.It is a gift for her mother-in-law. I'm sure she's going to love it.

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