13. March 2012 13:00
Even with the hectic new mommy schedule... I managed to finish my Erato Shawl :)
The blocking this time was actually a snap. I was worried about color bleeding, but there wasn?t a drop of red dye in my rinse water, so I didn?t worry too much about the bed. I just threaded the wires through the points and eyelets and pulled the shawl out into a phoenix wing shape and left it alone. Sometimes it?s easy to get carried away with trying to block perfectly. I just don?t have a lot of time for that right now, so no-nonsense was the way to go :)
I really liked the center lace panel in this shawl... the YO?s on back side rows took a little getting used to, but after messing up the first one enough times, I marked my chart in red ink and was able to keep an eye out for them next time. I find the lace motif looks like the human heart... complete with Aorta and Vena Cava branches. I don?t know if this was on purpose, but a valentines day shawl with Actual Human Hearts on it? pretty snazzy
I also really liked the ruffle section... as you can see, it?s kind of like finger braids with eyelets, and little webbed portions between them. I think they really look like wings, maybe webbed dragon wings? I also love the glow and shine in this yarn. Delicious texture, even on plain stockinette.
As I was taking the shawl off the bed from being blocked... I walked by Romy, who was just waking up from a snooze. So, as I usually do, I passed her the shawl and said ?Hey, Hold this for Mommy will ya?? and turned around to grab something else. When I turned back she was playing with the shawl and smiling her little heart out. This kid just cracks me up :)