FO: Great Divide Shawl

Written by Sarah on February 19th, 2013 Posted in accesories, blocking, FO, knits, lace, life, photos, shawl, technique

Wow! I had such a productive long weekend! While most of it felt relaxing (because I was knitting), I got so much done (mostly in the knitting department…I also made cookies). One of the things that I finished was my Great Divide shawl. And I’m in love.

great divide

Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not really into wearing shawls. That is definitely going to change. It’s exactly what I need for chilly spring days. (Speaking of, it was way more than chilly while taking these photos. Oh my god was I freezing. Can you tell?) I’m psyched that I had these colors in my stash. I’m one happy camper.

I’ve recently discovered that I totally love blocking. I used to really hate it (I might’ve mentioned it here). In an effort to change my ways, I’ve had a tub for blocking for a while now and I bought some proper wool soap (though I’ve used Doctor Bronner’s – which my aunt Sherry said she used to use on embroideries, thanks for the tip! – the past couple of times since my wool wash was packed away and I’ve enjoyed the results!). I guess having some space in the new apartment to lay out the pieces without being totally in the way is encouraging. The blocking kit my mom got me helps too, though I’ve had that for a long time, too.

great divide 2


Although this wasn’t lace per se, this piece really needed a good blocking and everything opened up beautifully! I’m totally learning the merits of blocking my knits and I don’t hesitate to do it any longer!

I’m very excited about this shawl! It looks like I’m still growing as a knitter! Knitting shawls and blocking things! What a change! Maybe I’ve been replaced with an alien or a robot? I like cleaning the kitchen now, too. I’m definitely sick, guys.

Brb, going to check WebMD.

How do you feel about blocking? What’s something you made that surprised you?

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Comments (3)

  • February 19, 2013 at 10:57 am |

    I’m a huge fan of blocking, have been since day 1 as a knitter. It’s kinda odd, since I’m definitely not a fan of finishing in general. But I guess I just find blocking reassuring, it’s always been there for me: “Don’t worry, it’ll all block out…” 🙂

  • alias Aunt Sherry
    February 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm |

    Hey, thanks for the call-out. 🙂
    Maybe you like that shawl because you’re not wearing it like a shawl, and maybe also because it is really neat.
    I’m glad you’re liking blocking more. I’ll tell you; it makes all the difference in the world in how embroidery looks, wool or cotton.

  • February 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm |

    the first time i blocked lace i was so so shocked at the difference it made. ditto for colorwork. it is kind of a pain (i too suffer from small apartment), and i usually drag my feet between finishing knitting and blocking something. i just finished a sweater a few days ago, and i’m not particularly keen on it… i’m hoping blocking will solve a few of the problems…

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