I finally got my Oregon shawl blocked! It was my Amazing Lace project, and it's done, done, done! And it's HUGE. And I lurve it. Luuuurrrvvveeee it. For Rhonna and everyone else out there that's curious, here you go!
Here are the blocking photos. It was too big to block out on my full-size bed, even on my styrofoam panels.* So I had to move out onto my patio.
(The brown bits are packing tape that's helping to hold the styrofoam panels together.)
It was mosquito city out there yesterday. I was being eaten alive. There was one little beetle type critter that I had to shoo away a couple of times. Guess he's just a lace fan:
Did I mention it was big?
In case you can't read the ruler, that's 80" wide. Jeezopete.
Off the blocking board:
My sorta-interpretation of the picture on the cover of the pattern:
Clothing is NOT optional in shawl poses in my back yard. I think my brown loafers with white socks really complete the look, don't you?
This is a wonderful pattern. I started on it back in May, I think, and knitted on it on and off since then. It's a boatload of knitting, but none of it is hard, and the patterns are easily memorized and not at all boring. That's saying a lot -- to have a reasonably easy pattern that doesn't bore you to tears. I found no errors in the pattern. I did take the option to omit a couple of rows after the trees in the corners are done because I only had 4 balls of Zephyr, and I really didn't want to get half way through the fourth side of the border and find out that I didn't have enough yarn. I had less than half a ball left when I was done.
It's a great project, and I recommend it. And I'm already at work on my next lace shawl, but I'm keeping mum about that one for now. Yes, I'm coy. But I'm okay with that. :)
*And let me just say that in my Ideal Knitting World, I would have a huge, sturdy blocking surface always available, and a place where I could just put it out and LEAVE it for whenever I wanted to access it.