I've raved about the benefits of wet blocking knits before, but I've never seen such a transformation from ugly duckling to swan as this one after two days on the blocking wires.
This is a very lovely and super simple lace knit shawl designed by Janina Kallio, called Interlude. It was a total breeze to knit and very quick – if you've never tried a lace knit before, I'd highly recommend it as a first timer's project. The yarn I chose to use was a polwarth wool by Eden Cottage Yarns called 'Oakworth' (colourway is 'Steel), which they describe as "smooth and crisp" – very accurate, in my experience of it. As anyone who follows my knit and crochet exploits knows, I'm a serious lux yarn lover, never far from a bit of super soft merino, cashmere or silk, and I wasn't sure about choosing a yarn like this for a knit shawl, but it really is perfect for a design that relies so heavily on the post knit process for it's finished look. Smooth and crisp indeed 🙂
This is how the shawl looked straight off the needles:
Not terribly pretty… I was promised in the pattern though that it would transform on blocking and that I needed to block it hard!
This was truly a project of firsts for me – my first Janina Kallio pattern, my first time using an Eden Cottage yarn (and indeed, a Polwarth wool) and my first time using Twig & Horn's Lanolin wool wash, which him indoors got for my birthday from Loop. They currently seem to be out of the Lemongrass scented one that I have, which smells divine. It did soften up the wool and was a delight to use – really silky. After threading my Eden Cottage Interlude onto the blocking wires and leaving it in situ for a couple of days, it really did turn out to be something of a swan:
I've bought a range of different yarns from Eden Cottage Yarns to try out this year, all quite different. Looking forward to trying out the next one – quite possibly with another Janina Kallio pattern, as I have a few more of those too 🙂