Wednesday, August 09, 2006


I know you gals must be tired of me complaining about the blocking wires, so I will complain no more. Nearly three weeks after ordering, they finally came today. They had three different postal code stickers on the tube meaning they did not come straight here. But the important thing is that they are here. And they are wonderful. Instead of a hundred pins and an hour's work, the whole thing took me less than twenty minutes and twenty pins. And here's what the Faux Russian looks like all blocked out.

Close-up of the center:

And a close-up of the edge:

Hopefully, this weekend I can get some action shots of it. For now the specs:
Pattern: Faux Russian Stole from Gathering of Lace
Size: 24" X 72"
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow in Vineyard
Needles: Size 6

This pattern is easy to do, just takes a bit of concentration in places as the chart is a bit long. Coming soon: the Swallowtail Shawl


Blogger nat said...

Very pretty! I want to make one of those one day. :)

8:40 PM  
Anonymous sonja poor said...

It's truly, truly beautiful, and a perfect blocking job. I enjoy your blog.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous kimberly said...

Oh that really is gorgeous!! I'm so in love with lace and that is just really pretty.

12:57 AM  
Anonymous Dipsy D. said...

How great that you finally received your blocking wires, and boy, do they make a difference! It's absolutely beautiful, your blocking job is more than perfect - and I'm so impressed by this lace pattern! Great job!

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Wow. Wow. I'm speechless. That is just beautiful. And I'm dying to see that swallowtail scarf!!

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow is the word! It's beautiful and the blocking wires are great, aren't they? You did a wonderful job and should be very, very proud.
Dorothy (Missouri Star)

9:37 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Beautiful stole and great blocking. I keep thinking I will make myself a set of blocking wires, but it just never happens. Glad they finally showed up.

10:59 AM  
Blogger maryse said...

oh my...

11:17 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm so glad they FINALLY arrived! Looks like it was worth the wait, too - GORGEOUS.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

Gorgeous. Now I'm going to have to order my blocking wires, I've been thinking about it for so long. And it'll be several weeks before I have anything to block so even if they take forever I can wait I suspose.

Of course now that stole has been added to my to do list, very soon. How many skeins of Shadow did it use?

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Monica said...

I've been looking at that pattern lately. Yours looks gorgeous!

1:01 PM  
Blogger julia fc said...

Came over on Cheryl
's recommendation and boy, just when I get my tempations all corraled and settled down, you let off that firecracker. Wow, is that gorgeous.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Pugknits said...

thank goodness i was sitting in a chair...hehheh....your FR is beautiful! nice color too :)

4:41 PM  
Blogger vanessa said...


5:15 PM  
Blogger tonni said...

This is gorgeous! I just purchased the GOL book and this is one of the patterns I want to knit. Think i'll look back at the madli pattern again...

1:23 PM  
Blogger margene said...

Well, they were worth the wait!!

2:13 PM  
Blogger Agnes said...

Wow! I need to make this! I need to make this!
And yes, the blocking wires are one genius use of ordinary things ... love them!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Irie said...

Beautiful - I am just starting on this pattern in a deep green. Yours is very inspiring! :)

10:03 AM  
Anonymous desiknitter said...

ACK! It's done! Alison, it's BEAUTIFUL. Just lovely. And I cannot stop ooohing at your Swallowtail as well. I'm visiting the blog after quite a while and there are so many gorgeous things to look at! You've had a busy knitting summer.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Debby Abrahams said...

I am hoping to commence this beautiful stole soon, but I am curious: why are the top/right and bottom/left borders not the same, only mirror image, instead of having all of the decreases slanting to the right? Any light you can shed on working this pattern will be gratefully received.

Thanx and Happy Knitting!
Debby Abrahams
(that's Debby with a "y")

10:47 AM  

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