First the bad news.
I didn’t make it to the Kikarun today. I was supposed to run my first 10km race today, but Friday night I came down with a migraine and this morning it was still with me. It’s kind of with me now (5:30pm) but strong drugs are doing their job and making the headache just a foggy ache in the right temple. There was just no way that I could have run 10km today though. And to make it even more impossible – it’s really really warm today! We have strong sunshine and 80-85 degree (F) temps, which I’m not used to running in at all. I don’t do well in heat. Heat + migraine = sit in a dark room and try to sleep. This is what I did most of the day.
Now the good part! The migraine drugs did enough of a job last night that I managed to finish knitting Garden Party! YIPPEE!! Just in time to block it today and have it ready to wear on my birthday on Wednesday. Talk about a tight schedule!
I blocked it on the sofa bed in the living room. It’s actually a pretty fine place to block large knitted items. I just have to make sure the cat doesn’t decide to check it out.
Here’s a photo of the lumpy blob that is lace before blocking:
And here are some photos after it was pinned out:
You can see that my pinning is NOT 100% perfect, but hey, it was hot as hell in the living room and I really didn’t want to spend more time making it 100% perfect.
I wasn’t sure if just pinning it out while it was damp would be good enough to make it “take”, so I also steamed it with my steam iron. Of course the iron never touched the yarn, but I think it helped. It was drying so fast that I though this shot of steam was a good idea.
This was my first lace project and I really thought when I first saw the charts that I’d never figure it out. What I learned is that if you just take it one chart at a time, it all makes sense in the end. You can’t read the chart on page 7 when you are only on page 2 and expect it to make sense. At least not if you are just starting to work with lace. I think my next lace project will go much easier and faster. Oh yes, there will be a next lace project. I’m hooked now!
Later in the week I’ll post photos of me actually wearing this shawl. I can’t wait!