Monday, June 29, 2009

The Blob

I am happy to say that these are the last pictures you will be seeing of this shapeless form.

Because I finished it!  Thanks so much everyone for your sympathy about my dropped stitch fiasco, it was greatly appreciated.  Many of you even messaged me asking how the fixing process turned out, which I appreciated as well.

I wasn't happy with the way things looked after I had laddered down and reknit the one leaf that was missing.  I ended up ripping back the border, and then ripping (well, I actually tinked it, one stitch at a time) to below where the stitch had dropped to and reknit that portion of the body.  (Ugh, that sentence was confusing and extremely grammatically incorrect, sorry.)  I'm really glad I did, because I had plenty of, "um, WTF is going on here?" moments when I got to the part I had "fixed."  There were stitches everywhere, and at one point I had even twisted strands of yarn so that one row of stitches overlapped another, it was very strange.

Anyway, it all worked itself out, I was able to reknit the body without a problem, and just this morning I finished the border.  Now all I have to do is weave in my ends, wash, and block the shawl.  I'm so close to the end!  I held it up today and then felt very, well, less-than-impressed because it took me FOREVER to knit this shawl and it looked so small in my hands.  Blocking better fix that.

and look, I was finally able to get a picture that showed the variations in "color."  For one reason or another, the darker parts of the yarn were much stiffer and scratchier than the lighter ones, which were more lofty (if one can use that word to describe this yarn) and drapier (again, if possible.)  Let's hope I have enough blocking pins, I don't want to have to run to the yarn shop in the middle of my blocking party (so far I'm the only one invited, don't feel bad.)

Possibly FO pictures tomorrow?  Keep your fingers crossed for me.  Please and thank you!


  1. Yay!

    I'm so proud of you for hanging in there and doing what had to be done.

    It will get bigger with the blocking, I promise. I hope you have enough pins.

    Fingers crossed!

  2. Yippee! Good on ya for hanging in and getting it right. I think you'll be surprised at how much it will grow.

    Rather than a bunch of pins, can you run a string down the sides and pin out the string? If that's feasible, run the string before you wet it; that's much easier than trying to finagle it through wet noodles.

  3. Awesome! It is good to hear that it is done. Blocking it will make you much happier. BTW, I have a great in on blocking wires, I will PM you through ravelry with the info.

  4. Sweet!! I'm glad things have started to turn out for the better. It looks awesome, already...

  5. I can't believe you're having a blocking party and didn't invite any of us!

    On second thought, I probably wouldn't go to a blocking party anyway, so it's just as well. :-P

  6. I can't wait to see this blocked. I have a feeling you will be amazed at your own work it will be so beautiful!

  7. Congratulations! Can't wait to see it!

  8. Congrats on finishing the shawl, glad to hear the surgery was an eventual success. I can't imagine how much patience was required to fix it - well done!

  9. Dude - that thing is flipping huge. Feel impressed. I am.

  10. Oh, it's exquisite! So beautiful. Worth the effort to re-do the "special needs" portion. It's already lovely before being blocked. The color variation is the soft and floaty.

    I like your cute grammatically-incorrect sentences.

    Anyhoo, congratulations! May your T-pins on hand tide you over...

  11. Honey, let me say two words that will save you a ton of trouble:

    Blocking wires.

    If the shop has them, borrow them if at all possible. If they don't, prepare to need WAY more pins than you think you do. You can also try the string method, or perhaps buy some rods at the hardware store to use in place of blocking wires.

    Anyway, HUZZAH! Congratulations on finishing it despite adversity. It's going to be beautiful. :)

  12. Yeah! Knowing how long you worked on/put off working on this I'm so happy for you! Any more gigantic projects with terrible yarn in your future plans? :)