I did it – I blocked it! Problem is, when I had blocked it, I saw all the mistakes I had made…. and also there was a hole in it, whether made by moths or rough treatment I’m not sure. I think I can mend it – I’m certainly not going to unpick it after all this time, that’s for sure!!
Having said all that, I was ASTOUNDED at the difference it made to the shawl. I am definitely going to block all lace stuff in the future.
Here is a corner of it pinned out on the floor – it was difficult to see the whole thing because of the colour of the sheet underneath which doesn’t provide enough contrast.
Here it is now it is dry:
Please ignore the state of my studio in the background – perfectly normal, I assure you!
I loved it when the light shone through it:
I found the pattern and a small ball of the yarn so I will be able to mend it with the same stuff. It was a kit purchased from the Women’s Realm magazine, price £4.47, 71p per hank! Golly. 6 hanks of Cobweb Shetland Wool from Messrs Jamieson and Smith of Lerwick in Shetland in 1985. History!
Stupidly I don’t have any ‘before’ photos for you to compare it with….