The magic of blocking

I love blocking. I tend to think that I don’t because it requires time and patience, both of which I tend to be in short supply of. When I do find the time though, I find it quite meditative and you can’t really complain about a process that turns this:

Waterlilies shawl - unblocked

this:
Waterlilies shawl - unblocked

and this:
Waterlilies shawl - unblocked

into this:

Waterlilies shawl

Waterlilies shawl

The corners look ruffled in the picture above but it is actually an optical illusion caused by the yarn striping.

Waterlilies shawl

The yarn is Knit Picks Shadow Tonal in blue-violet and this is a second version of my Japanese-inspired shawl, which (after nearly a year!) I have finally finished writing up. I’m tidying up some bits and pieces and waiting for my camera batteries to re-charge so that I can upload the rest of the photographs I took. Then it will be off to be edited and, with any luck, published by the end of the month.

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