I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in loving the transformation that takes place when a piece of gauzy lace comes off the needles, gets a bath and becomes what it was always meant to be.
After the near calamity of running out of the yarn in the last stages, I managed to finish the Lilac Leaf Shawl shawl with still a week left up my sleeve to do the all important finishing. This morning, the piece which Sean noted was as tall as me (ie 160cm or 5ft 1) got a soak. It looked like this.
I have to say I think Kid Seta gets a bit matted in the wash. I hope that rights itself in the drying process. The stitch definition on the edges wasn’t what it could have been. I guess wet mohair will do that. Here it is – the full view. I’ve scalloped the long edges because I like it that way, although the pattern has straight edges.
We have a big table on our deck – made for us by Sean’s dad and a relatively new addition to the space – and it’s perfect for blocking knitted items! It’s a clear, sunny Sunday morning so I think it’ll dry in no time.
All pinned out the leaf motif has opened up as beautifully as I hoped. It was a bit of a slog doing so much of that fairly repetitive pattern in the middle section but it was never a difficult knit and it was only really near the end that I started to tire of it. The effect of that pattern is just so pleasing. There’s no going past it.
On each end is the pattern that makes it particularly Estonian – the nupps – those little bobbles that I’ve grown to love making. I don’t mind them at all, even in fuzzy yarn.
I just know it’s going to be too warm to get much wear out of this at the wedding next Saturday, even if the wedding is in the evening. I desperately wish I’d done it in a smooth yarn now, something without so much halo, because I think this will be warm, even just draped around my shoulders with a short sleeved dress. Still, even if I wear it for a bit, it’ll be worth it and there’ll be other occasions in the future anyway.
This isn’t the last time you’ll see it either. I’ll do a proper write up with posed shots in the wedding outfit next week. She’ll need to be shown off properly!