Do you remember a time when you discovered something new that you can’t imagine having ever lived without? For starters there’s indoor plumbing, refrigerators, cell phones, massages… you know the Must Haves. In knitting it first showed itself in the form of cabling without a cable needle then learning how to knit continental. I thought I knew it all, until now. I have just recently discovered the magic, the convenience, the necessity of Blocking Wires!
How on earth did I block out lace before them? I haven’t the slightest clue.
These wires made the act of blocking like alchemy. Turning a pretty organized mess into a divine piece of beauty.
Pattern: Icarus Shawl by Miram Felton in the Summer 06 IK
Yarn: Lornas Laces Helen’s Lace in Cranberry
Needles: Addi Lace Turbos US3
This shawl began in March and was destined to be a present for my Principal who’s birthday was yesterday. March to June, PLENTY of time to finish a shawl, right?
Well, I started it strong and then got side tracked by things like cardigans, bucket hats, and a clapotis. But Icarus just kept quietly growing and growing and to my surprise I was at the start of the charts! And what charts! There were four of them! With each chart done I kept salivating at the thought of finishing it and on time! Well, it seems my former boyfriend had to do something so life changing to make me one day late of presenting the shawl to the birthday girl.
A week of whirlwind excitement, dinners with parents and friends and planning, I had to put the near completed shawl down. It waited while I drank numerous bottles of champagne and toured reception halls only to be picked up here and there and finally finished a day late. The birthday girl waiting patiently not knowing what I was up to. And did she care about the lateness?
If wearing the shawl all day at work in the 90 degree weather in a non-air conditioned school is a sign then I would say she positively Loved It.
I truly loved making it too and having it be a part of a turning point in my life. I was in the middle of a row when my fiance(!) called me into to the kitchen needing me to help him "open something." It’s amazing how something can change so much in one moment.
Like the shawl, my life went from being a beautiful tangle of stitches to a stunning masterpiece transformed by something I cannot imagine my life without – him.