Just for you: The Icelandic Lace Shawl
I absolutely LOVED reading all the different clever solutions you folks have come up with to use as blocking surfaces ... amazing. I do think, however, that Jen S. gets the Creative Gold Star for the week:
For items that just need to be patted into shape and dried flat, I use our trampoline on a sunny day. The black mesh surface allows air flow from both sides and soaks up heat to dry knits quickly.
I shared her idea at a meeting yesterday, and one of the other editors said with a laugh, "Now, THAT's ingenuity!"
To everyone else who contributed their blocking board solutions: Thank you! They were so good, in fact, that I'm thinking of how to best organize them and make them available for reference on the Knitting Daily website somehow. Maybe in the Techniques section? Let me muse over that for a bit and see what might work.
We'll have more on blocking next week...but it's Friday, and thus time for a little Knitting Daily treat.
Fresh from the archives of PieceWork magazine, I am proud to present: The Icelandic Lace Shawl.
I asked Jeane Hutchins, the editor-in-chief of PieceWork magazine, if she would like to write up a little piece about how the shawl came to Knitting Daily:
I am so pleased that the Icelandic Shawl project from PieceWork’s out-of-print July/August 1996 issue is becoming a part of Knitting Daily. The list of people responsible for bringing this to fruition is lengthy and begins with PieceWork’s first editor, Veronica Patterson, who assigned the project, followed by Carol Noble who adapted the design and wrote the instructions. Next comes the member of the knitalong who (just last week) took the extra time to let Amy Sapp, a member of our customer support staff, know that there were people who wanted to make this shawl. Amy forwarded the e-mail about the knitalong to me, and I talked to several people to see how best to get this material into the hands of those who wanted it: Knitting Daily would be the perfect venue. So next on the list is our fabulous technical editor, Lori Gayle. And then there’s Sandi, Kat, and the rest of the web team who made it all happen. So there you have it! My personal thanks to each of one on my list. To those of you who will knit the shawl—enjoy!
All right, shawl fans, there you have it! And remember: We all are going to want photos of your shawls for a Knitting Daily photo gallery.
It's a short post today...because I am off to talk with Eunny Jang, the new editor of Interweave Knits magazine! I'm interviewing Eunny about her very first issue as editor, what kinds of goodies she has planned for the Fall issue of Knits, and more. Knitting Daily will have that interview—and other treats—ready for you in August to celebrate the publication of the Fall 2007 issue of Knits.
Norah Gaughan's Bonsai Tunic
What are you knitting this weekend? I'm casting on for the Bonsai Tunic by Norah Gaughan from the Spring 2007 issue of Knits magazine. I've had the lovely bamboo Bonsai yarn from Berroco sitting there staring at me for a while now, just begging to be next on the needles. But I'd like to hear what's on YOUR needles. Leave a comment telling us about your current project, and maybe I'll use it as an example in the posts about blocking next week. (Personalized blocking tips! How cool is that?)
Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily. She is now the author of the popular Knitting Daily blog: What's on Sandi's Needles.