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One of the most active threads on Ravelry is Blocking – Before and After! The posts I like best are those where hours of patient lace knitting are finally and almost magically transformed from what looks like an egg tray into a beautiful airy shawl.

So here’s my just-off-the-needles blob of  Madeline Tosh Merino Lightturquoise lace shawl - before stretchingand

after waving my magic wand

stretching on blocking wires…


turquoise lace shawl hanging in front of window

photo links to Ravelry project page

This is Judy Marples’ East Gable Shawl. The feathery, ferny lace pattern was a little less intuitive to knit than some other shawls I’ve made, so I only worked on it when Mr Soknitsome was off learning how to glide!