Friday, May 20, 2005

The Last Row is the Hardest

Ain't that the truth. The cast-off row of the Heirloom Shawl is long, long, long. We are trying to form a picot edge. We know that we are storing trouble up for ourselves in the blocking stage, but we do it anyway.

Basically, you cast off a few, cast on a few, cast off a few more and so on, and on, and on. I started this task yesterday afternoon. I started off thinking I needed to do the cast off very loosely. I tried that and it looked like a three-year-old's attempts at knitting. (Not that I have anything against three-year-olds but you know what I mean.) That had to come out. Realisation slowly dawned. In the picot forming part, you have to cast off tightly. In the cast off and move along the edge part, you have to cast off loosely. I don't think it came out too badly:


However, it did go on. By tea-time I was looking for displacement activities. I even considered cleaning the bathroom but discounted that as a step too far. Eventually, at 10.45am on Friday, 20th May I cast off the very last stitch. Now, it's not blocked, and it's not a brilliant picture, but, for what it's worth, here it is:

Heirloom Shawl unblocked

I took a few close-ups:

Heirloom Shawl Centre Back Motif Close-up

Bottom Point

Blocking will take place this weekend and "proper" pictures of the finished article will be posted on Monday.


Rebekah said...

I can definitely see why it's called Heirloom Shawl, it's gorgeous, I love the detailing.

Heather said...

Stunning! You did a wonderful job. I can't wait to see it blocked.

katie said...

Love the heirloom shawl - looking forward to seeing it blocked.

blueadt said...

Wow - it's beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing it blocked.

Virtuella said...

OH dear!!!! I think that is the most beautiful I have seen!!! Im looking forward to seeing it blocked. WELL DONE!!!

Virtuella from Norway

littlelixie said...


Anonymous said...

FABULOUS! What a wonderful heirloom! You are to be congratulated. I am impressed beyond words! Beautiful beautiful!


Lucie said...

Beautiful! I'll be checking obsessively to see blocked photos.

Emily said...

It looks amazing! welldone!

Heather said...

Wow! It looks great, can't wait to see how it will look blocked.

I thought the knitting police were hilarious too!

Becky said...

Wow that is fantastic - what patience to get it done - well done you - I hope to see a piccie of you wearing it soon. I'm in awe.

Liz said...

Very, very nice. This is on my to do list as well. Glad to see you used something other than yarn called for and provided the 'vitals' Thanks.