I have a question about this project:
I am on Row 44 and my "shawl-in-progress" only measures 36" wide by 18" long. Will blocking it really make it the recommended 59" x 31"?
I've noticed that the trees look more like bushes at this point (lol) but I wonder if I need to add more rows or take a leap of faith and complete it according to the directions.
One note: due to financial restrictions, I'm making this shawl for my Mom's 87th birthday out of Baby Coordinates yarn instead of Satin Bamboo, but the gauge was absolutely right-on when I started.
Shellie DunnSomonauk, ILhttp://4evercrochet.blogspot.com
Hi, I think you will probably be okay, especially if you were right on with your gauge swatch. It's hard to tell without being to see your shawl, but especially if your "bushes" seem rather dense, blocking them out into airy trees will add more size than you might imagine.
Congratulations to your mother!
Whew! Thanks, Toni. My hubby and I have been debating this for about a week now and we've both been a little worried about the size. I will definitely post a photo of the finished product and (hopefully) my Mom's reaction in August when she receives this!
Well, I finished the shawl and began blocking it. Unfortunately, my "blocking board" (which is just a rectangular board I use to iron fabric) is not quite big enough, so I'm ending up blocking this in sections. The design is coming out nicely (no more squat bushes!) When I complete the blocking process, I hope to take some photos for my new blog Crochet 4 Ever -- I'll try to post here as well.
I also received some marked down Jeweled Belt Buckles recently and created a wonderful belt with crochet cotton. One of the 2 buckles I received will match the pale green yarn of my Mom's Forest Reflections Shawl. I just may make a belt with the extra yarn for her as well.
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Thank you, Interweave Crochet!!!!
Another blog to add to my "favorites" in the evening a lot of times I just sit,read an check them out. Looks like anouther good one,
I just hope we can get our Internet service problems resolved. It is very hard to update my blog from work -- I'd much rather have the time to compose my entries and upload photos in the privacy of my home.
I visited your blog and really enjoyed your blog on yarn. I've been in your boat with the blocking board not being big enough as well. I built my own blocking boards out of ceiling tiles and one of these days I need to make a couple more.
You may certainly "borrow" the idea. I am pretty sure I borrowed it as well from an article online though I can't remember where at the moment. I added a layer of quilt batting to mine as well and then covered the entire thing with an old sheet that I cut and stapled to the back of the ceiling tile. I have 3 right now and love the fact that I can lay them end to end or in a "T" shape or any other strange shape needed for a project.
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Thanks so much for the feedback. I'm still learning this blog program, so I can't tell if anyone is actually visiting. Now that I have my Internet reconnected, I can more actively add entries.
I'm very glad to hear that my "dissertations" are being enjoyed.
As promised, here are some photos of the finished shawl for my Mom.
The belt in front was an afterthought. I picked up the jeweled belt buckle and my husband pointed out that it matched the yarn perfectly.
Here is a shot of the back:
This ended up a bit smaller than the pattern measurements, but instead of adding extra motifs, I decided that since my Mom is so small, this size would be perfect for her. Hope I'm right, I'll be travelling to see her in a few weeks.
It turned out beautifully! I love the color and your mother will love it! The yarn you used gave the triangles a much solider appearance.