It's shawl blocking time again, and I am not ready. My poor aching back is still recovering from the move.
Yes, I've finished knitting the Pastiche Shawl (my version of the Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl), which is exciting, but I will miss it. It's been my morning companion for the past three months. Every morning – tea and shawl knitting.
Binding off took more time and yarn than I had expected, but a few days later the shawl was off the needles and quietly admiring the view from the balcony. Unblocked it is 65" wide and 32" down the center back – nice and large, as I had wanted.
While the shawl was enjoying its new freedom I began to think about blocking. It doesn't need to be any bigger, just spread out enough to show off its laciness. The bottom edge is particularly important. It should maintain that feather-and-fan curviness. Without going into full-on blocking mode, I tried pinning out the center of some of the curves with one pin each.
Then I tried using three pins.
Much better, huh? So, here's the situation. There are 26 (13 on each side of the center) of these curves. Using three pins each . . . well, I'm sure you can do the math. Yes, I can buy more pins, and I might even have enough already. But can I survive the experience? That's a whole lot of crawling around on the floor.
I'm still studying the problem. Can't think of any way that blocking wires could help. About the only improvement I've been able to come up with is to fold the shawl in half at the center thereby reducing the curves to be pinned from 26 (whimper) to 13. It would take longer to dry, but so what. Since I have no furniture yet (just a bed and one chair) there's more than enough floor space.
As usual, suggestions are greatly desired. Has anyone ever blocked a feather-and-fan shawl? Or blocked something large and complicated without injuring their body?