I’m sorry, but unblocked lace is b*tt ugly!! It just is! Look at this blob — would you want it as a gift? Would you want to knit it for yourself?
Blocking is certainly a help! I decided to try using the bed in our guest room as a blocking surface. The idea of crawling around on my
decrepit hands and knees wore me out. It worked quite well for this relatively small piece:
And see how Lettie is overseeing the blocking process?
The knitted pillow is a former UFO that I made into a pillow. It was a sweater that never got off the ground — it sat for years in a bag. The back was at least 4 inches wider than the front, due to either my bad miscalculation (lots of cabling on the front, plain basketweave on the back — does the word “compensate” mean anything?) or a poorly written pattern. It was so long ago I can’t remember. I grafted the ribbing from the back of the sweater to the top of the front for symmetry and length, and used the back as the back of the pillow. So I got a pillow out of the deal, which is more than I can say about my other UFOs .
I am going to give this Hemlock Ring to a dear muggle friend and make another immediately for another muggle friend. We’ll see if after making two I have the stamina to make a third for me. They are two people that really do appreciate handknits and so I have made special things for them in the past.
Now I’m off to wind a skein for the second Hemlock. By my reckoning, since the first one took a week to knit, the second should take at least 3-4 weeks? Months? If I want it for Christmas, there is no time to waste!
PS — I had quite a bit of yarn left over. You could easily make this larger with just the two skeins.
In response to Susanne: I blocked my Hemlock Ring to a full 48-50″ HOWEVER, when I unpinned it, it snapped back to about 44″. It also looks a little wonky, not crisp like Brooklyn Tweed’s. So, before I post finished pictures, I plan on repinning it and steaming the daylights out of it. It may be a day or two before I feel motivated to repin the lil sucker!