High on the list of “Best things about visit from Mom and Dad” is the requirement that the guest room become habitable. This, in turn, means I get my “blocking bed” back. Which means some long overdue Friday eye candy.
Some interesting blocking developments to report: Though I knitted this at a gauge of 5.5 st/inch, after soaking in a warm bath and gently prodding into shape (Read: I did NOT block
this hard!) the gauge opened up to 4 st/inch. This is good for the finished size – which is more like almost 3/4 of a circle than the designed shape of an actual 180-degree “slice.” However, the same “opening up” also relaxed some of the texture in the ruched and ruffled
parts of the shawl.
Important lesson learned: wash and block swatches before making a garment with this yarn, as I plan to do (per New Year’s resolution). This could be a pleasant development or a disastrous one without a washed swatch.
As noted in previous posts, because of the uber-generous yardage of FSM, I was able to work an additional full repeat and complete ruffle, with about 5 yards of yarn to spare. (Because of superstitiousness as to whether there would be enough yarn to pull this off, I did use some lifelines along the way. Idiot-proofing is good.) The resulting shape and drape really make this fit almost like a faroese shawl. It’s been draped around my shoulders most of the time since it dried.
In summation: in all its simplicity, I found Citron to be eminently more fun than its viral cousin, Clapotis, and would make it again in a heartbeat. The resulting shawl is not too large and shows off beautifully dyed yarn to its best advantage.
In case you are wondering, yes, that’s a sundial in my garden. It is calibrated to our exact geographic location and keeps time wonderfully.