Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The State of the Shawl

July 1.

Including today, I have 16 days to finish the Summer Lake Shawl if I plan to wear it to the summer lake.

The length is currently 45 inches. My ideal length is at least 68 inches.* That's a difference of 23 inches.

I've been averaging an inch and a half a day. So in 16 days I could knit 24 inches. So it looks like there will be a shawl!



Last night I wrapped the shawl around my shoulders to get a sense of how it feels and drapes. It's incredible! The drape is light and slinky and feels just so very good.

I wish I could knit 24 inches in one day because I can't wait to wear it!

*An unknown factor for me is the blocking. Will the Sea Silk grow an extra 20%? I like the holes the size they are--I don't need them to open up more. So I'm thinking that this fiber shouldn't be aggressively pulled and tugged. A gentle blocking is all it needs. If anybody has pointers on blocking Sea Silk, please feel free to share.

6 comments:

Susan said...

It is so pretty! About blocking, I've never used sea silk, but I'd try a little blocking on the end and see how it goes.

minipurl said...

Ooh la la!! It's gorgeous.

TGL said...

My Montego Bay scarf did not change much in blocking, but I was very very gentle with it. That diagonal net stitch lets you pull it pretty far in one direction, at least. Lovely work.

stringplay said...

I love the way it looks in the photo and you say the drape is wonderful, so I second the gentle blocking vote.
So lovely and summery.

yarnjourney said...

Your shawl is fantastic! I am cheering you on to the finish line! I will be interested in what you learn in blocking the Sea Silk yarn.

Lynne said...

It looks gorgeous! I bet it feels good on your fingers as you knit too. Knit on!

Also enjoyed the strawberry posts. I am going to have to try the "trick" next time!