It has been emphatically stated here that I loathe blocking my finished knits. That remains true, with the only change being what-is-a-stronger-word-than-"loathe"?
The scarf that Kelli asked me --- lo, these many weeks ago --- to sample knit for her is finally done.
The body is this lovely lace, with a thin garter stitch border. On each end
is a simple, but elegant, old shale border.
Only, I had MANY PROBLEMS with the simple old shale border.
The scarf is about 4 feet long, and, the first time I made it, I got all the way to the ending old shale, only to find I had made a counting, and, therefore, a stitch, mistake. I tried to unravel back to the error, but just made a hellacious mess of it all. (One reason I rarely knit lace.) It kept ripping back into the body of the scarf, and I finally decided to just frog the entire thing and start again.
Except I could not --- could NOT --- make that first border. I'm not exaggerating when I say that it took me a week of casting on and ripping out before I finally got past about Row 6, and made it to the body. I have never felt so defeated and fed up. If I were making it for myself, I would have kept it unravelled and moved on to the next project. But, since I was working for someone else, I kept at it. And, over the weekend, I got it done. There will never be enough "thanks" to Kelli for giving me this opportunity, and being so patient with me.
I didn't block it full-on, as it's going to be sent through the mail, and subjected to who knows how much squishing. I did, though, give it a good steam. While I was at it, I also tackled the Vikings shawl, which was made as part of a knitalong way back I don't know when.
The truest color is in the close-ups, and you can also see that, despite my efforts, the bottom of the shawl still curves inward. Again, since it's for me, I normally would just let that go. But the bottom section is in that beautiful "waves/sails" pattern, and needs to be seen.
I've said over and over that I'm a process knitter, not a product one, which might explain why blocking gripes me. I'm done with the process of knitting; I don't want any more to do. Then again, blocking can be seen as part of the process, meaning maybe I should have more patience with it. Embrace it.