Adventures in blocking

I finished my Eiffel Tower shawl yesterday. Mmm overcooked noodles:

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Popped it in the sink and returned ten minutes later to find this:

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Yikes! I’ve never had problems with Madelinetosh bleeding like this before. I kept rinsing and rinsing but it just kept bleeding, so I got my trusty citric acid out, dumped some in, and voila:

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Like magic!

Next step; the designated blocking towel. This towel is from my grandparents’ summer house and I always get nostalgic using it.

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I block on a foam hopscotch mat I bought at Biltema. It’s great because you can shape it to your needs, and once you’re not using it it doesn’t take up much space.

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It’s STUPIDLY hard to find good pins in this country. I bought these rustproof t-pins in the US but I need more of them…

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… because I’m kind of crazy when it comes to pinning, as you can see from the finished result:

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I actually love blocking. It’s like magic. So satisfying to see the overcooked noodles open up into gorgeous lace patterns!

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Advice, ignored

Okay, I didn’t ACTUALLY ignore the advice, I just tweaked it. See, I have a project (one of the ones included in the poll) I reaaaaally want to use the Slate Fyberspates for, and after some encouragement (thank you, Linn!) I decided to save it for that, and get started on Dinner in the Eiffel Tower in some lovely Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK in Nebula I had stashed.

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So far it’s a fast, fun knit. Almost at the end of my first skein, five out of seven charts done.

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