Cobweb ring shawl

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.

cobweb ring shawl being blocked

Here it is now it is dry:

ring shawl

Please ignore the state of my studio in the background – perfectly normal, I assure you!

I loved it when the light shone through it:

ring shawl with sun shining through

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….

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7 Responses to Cobweb ring shawl

  1. Rayna November 17, 2007 at 2:45 am #

    WHAT?? You MADE this gorgeous thing? I am stunned at the talent involved in making this shawl and kit or not, Liz, this is a piece of work! Who needs to see the “before”? This is a gossamer creation and I, for one, am perfectly happy to enjoy it on its own merits.

  2. Anne November 17, 2007 at 10:18 am #

    It’s really fantastic, congratulations. My sister-in-law, a very keen knitter, chickened out of the wedding ring shawl and used 2ply which was incredible enough, but this is terrific.
    BTW, I wish I was one of those people who could privately sniff atyour studio comment, but in fact, compared with mine it’s pristine (vbg)

  3. judith November 19, 2007 at 1:56 pm #

    It’s so lovely to see a completed wedding ring shawl, especially one made with wool from the Kings of wool suppliers, Jamieson and Smith. They are still going, with a website now-so for your next item…. : ) You must be really pleased with how beautifully this turned out. Congratulations.

  4. angie November 20, 2007 at 4:06 am #

    That is so beautiful, I do admire knitters who have the patience to knit lace.

  5. angie November 20, 2007 at 4:08 am #

    can I just add, I love your work, particularly the postcards, just beautiful.

  6. Frances November 20, 2007 at 8:52 am #

    Liz this is beautiful it must have taken hours and hours, I also love the rain streets postcard for your header I still love mine thanks, Frances

  7. sally November 21, 2007 at 7:16 pm #

    Just amazing Liz! Have never knitted lace myself but have heard people say that blocking really reveals it’s beauty… it’s a beauty!