Practicing Patience

Our patience will achieve more than our force. ~ Edmond Burke

Patience when knitting or blocking lace is a must. Pinning out a lace shawl or scarf can be painstaking, but it is worth the effort. There are so many different ways to block garments. One can soak and then block, there’s steaming and also wet blocking. Lace must be blocked to open up the pattern otherwise it’s going to look like cooked noodles. Over the weekend, I blocked my first Liberated Orphan of October. My Portland Bias Scarf is completed. I know it seems a bit silly finishing a breezy summer scarf when the rainy season just started here. I hardly ever have new lightweight knit wear for the Spring and Summer. I normally knit warmer items for Autumn and Winter so this will be a nice change. This scarf is Risoni silk yarn. The drape is stunning, and I love the slubs of silk making thick and thin bits. Many people shy away from silk because it can stretch and grow while blocking. I’ve achieved good results pinning out a garment while dry and then spraying it wet with a misting water bottle.

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Update on other wips:

  • Frank in Pairs: Eight Frank rows completed towards stripe number five.
  • Dewberry Dancer: Sadly nothing new on this one yet this week. I think I caught it glaring at me this morning as I dashed through the lounge on my way to work.

I haven’t had a photo of Gracie in a bit so here’s an oldie, but a goodie.

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One wip orphan down and eight more to go!

 

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