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Magic Knitting

Lace is like magic… you knit all these yarn overs, ssk, k2tog.  When you finish it generally looks like yarn vomit.  Attractive.. I know that what’s I want to wear around my neck.  And then you block it, and like magic this beautiful finished object appears.

Friday night while I babysat Bestest’s kid, I finished knitting the nupps on the swallowtail and started the edging.  Even though the edging is only 18 rows.  18 rows of 300+ stitches per row still take a while.  We were suppose to get the great blizzard of 09 on Saturday night for which I prepared myself with pizza, yarn, a furball, and the Dexter Season 3 on DVD.  I had all but the last two rows done by the time I went to sleep on Saturday. I make a 2 am cut off with knitting lace.  Anything after that, there’s a 90% chance I will mess it up from sleepiness.  So bright and early Sunday morning after peering outside to see how many inches of snow my car was under, I bound off the 323 stitches and sat back and admired the finest yarn vomit anyone had every seen.

Jacie was kind enough to let me borrow her magic blocking wires and blocking boards – that have already made their way around our SnB.

Yarn vomit soaking

So into the sink went the yarn vomit with some Soak.

20 minutes later we had this…

ooooh.... Magic.

I measured it last night – 46 inches across and 29 inches from the center to the tip.  I used less than one skein of Malabrigo lace. I bought one of these Shawl Sticks to go with it – A Christmas present for mom.  Currently it’s pinned and drying on top of my table where a certain furball can not get to it.   Although he was way more interested in the blocking wires than the yarn, I imagine the wet yarn wasn’t soft enough for him.

Swallowtail

Pattern: Swallowtail

Yarn: Malabrigo lace in Stonechat – less than 1 skein

Needles: Size 6 Signatures and Size 6 Lace Addis

Start: November 24, 2009

Finished: December 21, 2009

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