Pattern:Seascape by Kieran Foley
Yarn: Gossamer from Knitpicks (Discontinued), 100% Merino Wool, Just over 1 skein
Needles: Knitpicks Options Harmony Interchangeable Needles, Size 4.
I didn't do a gauge swatch on this project (will I ever learn?). If I had, I would have probably gone up one size on the needles. Come to think of it, I think it is going to be my new policy to start one size larger and swatch since it is apparent that I am a tight knitter.
In addition to being my first lace knitting attempt, it was also my first excursion into the world of blocking my knitting. Up until now, I had not knit much that deserved blocking except socks. But I have read and seen pictures of what blocking does to a knitted lace project and I wanted to try it for myself.
I started out by gathering all my supplies and equipment.
Lace Blocking equipment-
1/16" Welding Wire, 3 ft
Next, I gave my lace a bath in a basin using tepid water and wool wash. I let that soak for about 30 minutes and then gently removed it from the basin and laid it flat on a towel. I folded the towel over the lace and walked on it to extract any excess water, since you want it to be damp and not dripping.
After the water was extracted, I placed the lace on top of the foam boards. Next I stringed the welding wires through the four edges of the lace. This took longer than expected since I had not filed the points of the wire. Patricia says to buy jeweler's files, but I was lazy and I paid for it with my time. The project actually dried in the time it took me to string the lace.
After all the edges were strung I had to mist the project with water to re moisten it. I then began stretching the lace out. This was fun to see the Yarn Overs open up and the pattern emerge even more than it had before. I pinned the wires in place using the t-pins and went to bed. In the morning it was dry and I unpinned and removed the wires. I was amazed at how light it felt.
A note about the pinning surface I selected. I selected craft foam boards since I could easily pin into them with the t-pins. An unforeseen thing happened with these and I would not recommend using them or use them again. When they get wet, they curl up. It worked out ok but I will definitely get something more durable before I try lace blocking again.