May 19, 2006

How I blocked Adamas (It's finally finished!!)

First up – materials: I bought a cardboard blocking board from JoAnne’s and some 36" x 18"diameter steel dowels from Home Depot. They were each like $2.50… downside being that they were nasty. On my dad’s recommendation I used dishsoap to scrub them b/c it cuts through the grease. Although he also recommend something called Simple Green as being the best way to clean metal so that might be easier.

I did some internet "research" on blocking lace. The best post I found was this one over at Yarn Harlot.

And here’s my version of her blocking techniques:

Step 1: Soak shawl in lukewarm water for a half hour.


Step 2: Being careful not to stretch out any of the lace I folded the shawl-clump into a towel and then stepped on the towel to squeeze out any extra water. I did this like 3 or 4 times until it was damp but not dripping.

Step 3: String the metal rod through the top edge so it will be straight. This required 2 rods which overlapped in the middle. I then pinned next to the rod on each side so that it would stay put on the board while I stretched out the rest of the shawl.

Step 4: Pin the center bottom point – I just stretched it as far as the board would allow and pinned it down.

Step 5: Pin the center points of the slanted sides

Step 6: Pin each point out. Yarn Harlot recommended to pin each center point and then pin the center again and then again, etc. This would be great to keep everything even… however I had the wonderful blocking board to work with so I found it easier to just pin each point one square over and one square up from the last one. So I started from the center back and worked to the top alternating sides repositioning the middle one when I got there.


Step 7: Obsess a little. Yeah… I stared at it for awhile and pulled and tugged etc until it looked perfect. But sadly my lace knitting was not perfect and there are a few mistakes that no amount of blocking will erase… but I still think it’s pretty good for my first ever lace shawl!


Step 8: Go to work the next day and spend all day wondering how Adamas is doing…
Step 9: Repeat step 8

Step 10: Un Pin… WHO-HOO!!!!

Here’s before….


And after:


Before:


And after:


Before (ignore my scuzzy sweatpants/t-shirt combo):


And after:

Blocking lace is seriously the coolest thing ever.

15 comments:

  1. holy good god, the shall is bitchin'!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. That is just plain gorgeous. You did such a wonderful job! I'm so excited to finish mine, I can hardly stand it. It's going to take a lot of willpower to actually work today instead of running off to finish my Adamas.

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  3. Absolutely Stunning!!!!

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  4. The shawl is lovely. You did such a good job.

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  5. Absolutely amazing. Blocking really does work wonders. I love the color, your shawl turned out gorgeous!

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  6. Very very nice - good job on getting it done AND getting the blocking done.

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  7. That is beautiful! Great job! :)

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  8. Absolutely beautiful! You inspire me to knit some serious lace. Thanks for showing all the before and afters, very neat to see!

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  9. very very pretty. What yarn did you use for that?

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  10. Gorgeous! Oh man, I need to get going on mine. I'm doing it in the same colorway too! It's beautiful! Great job!

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  11. That is so beautiful!! And thanks for all the tips on blocking, I know I will use them soon. :)

    And, of course, GO CAVS!!!

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  12. Beautiful shawl!!

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  13. Isn't it amazing how the pattern just "pops" when you block???? It is seriously the coolest thing ever (OK, for me maybe second coolest next to turning the heel on socks - I know I'm a sock dork).

    It is sooooooo gorgeous. Now I don't feel so bad about it still being cold. You at least get to get a good amount of use out of Adamas!

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  14. omg...u r my knitting idol, once again! that's is freakin' amazing!!!

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