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February 09, 2006

Q & A

Question: How many pins does it take to block a huge-ass shawl with a fancy scalloped edge?

Answer: ALL OF THEM.

Quesion: How big is "huge-ass"?

Answer: 54" across the top, and 34.5" deep.

Question: What about the complete set of corrections - when is that coming?

Answer: All done!

I cannot wait to show you the finished thing. It's like I've died and gone to heaven. I'm SO knitting lace again.

Posted by Kathy on February 9, 2006 12:17 AM


I guess knitting lace *is* like childbirth. Once you see the baby (shawl) you forget about all the pain.

Looking forward to seeing it!

Good grief. That's some serious corrective surgery.

I'm betting it was all worth it, though, challenge-lover or not. Just the tiny edge you're showing us is delicious-looking.

Oh ... one happy grandmother!

So...when does The Alpaca Yarn Company reimburse you for all those corrections?

Wow, if that isn't a suspenseful post, i don't know what is.. I can't wait to see it!

Why is lace so pretty and tempting to knit, yet not terribly functional?

Add me to the chorus of eager viewers.

Eeeee! I can't wait to see who whole enchiliada.

Beautiful, can't wait to see the whole thing, your grandma will love it( I know I would)

What a tease ;^)

Your grandmother is going to LOVE it. A gorgeous shawl, with granddaughter-bragging opportunities at no extra cost!

are you sending them the corrections?

I can tell from the little bit above that it's stunning...

I'm in a pickle....I want to make that shawl, especially now that you've done all the work to figure out all the fixes-- BUT I don't want to give my $ to a company/designer who clearly didn't have the end product test knit. I don't want to encourage crappy knitting behavior. What would Grumperina do?

It looks as if you had to sleep on the floor last night. Can't wait to see the finished product.

You are truly amazing!! Your grandma is sooo lucky!

eeeeee! *squeals* I haven't been commenting but I've been watchign your entries with bated breath. I LOVE knitting lace and I was eagar to see how this would turn out for you as well as seeing how much it would get you hooked. Next thing you know you'll be designing lace shawls for people to buy like I do because you want to knit lace ALL THE TIME! ;)

I can hear it now, the conversation between your grandmother and mother. There will be a little rivalry there, eh? ;)

Scallops do take a lot of pins, but so worth the effort.

Wow. Just wow.

My God Kathy - you are truly amazing. Your grandma is going to love that shawl.

I do hope the designer incorporates your corrections into the pattern.

I think it's wonderful that you persevered AND that you're sharing your corrections to the pattern. You rock. I hope your Grandmother loves her new shawl, and I can't wait to see it.

What an accomplishment. Seriously. I can't wait to see it complete.

Next question: how long does it take to put ALL of the pins in the huge-ass shawl?

Wow. I can't wait to see the whole thing!

I can't wait to see it. The sun is shining today: I hope you get a picture while there's light!

Lucky grandma, and lucky you for keeping the lace-love alive after all this!

Wow! Even from the bit you showed us, it looks AMAZING. Your grandma is one lucky lady!

Once a lace knitter, always a lace knitter. It's like socks--nobody ever quits sock-knitting for good. :-)

You did a stellar deed today by publishing your corrections to the pattern. Think of all the anguish and suffering you'll be rescuing other knitters from! I hope that makes some of the angst worthwhile.

I cannot wait to see it in all its glory... it's gorgeous already with the pins in it!

I thought you were going to say so NO doing it again. I can't wait to see the whole thing.

I just posted my Odessa materials and am going to thread my beads today. I can't wait for tomorrow!

But of course, you will only knit tried-and-true lace patterns that others have already corrected, right? ;)

Congratulations. I think that you would have enjoyed knitting and correcting such a f'ck-up pattern no matter what it was :-).

I would've held the corrections hostage until the pattern maker paid you for them.

ps- i think it's great you posted the source of the pattern and documented its errors.

And hopefully the next pattern is error free! The edge shot makes me want to see more! It's gorgeous.

so how many pins? You could do a contest like count the jelly beans in the jar. Where do you block a monster like that? I can't wait to see it. I sounds beautiful! I love lace. I love yarn overs. I love it all! I have only made one shawl though.....

Sneaky little picture--me wants to see the whole thing :), can't hardly wait.

Ah, the magic of blocking..........get's a retired laceknitter back into the fold every time. Can't wait to see the finished project.....such a great color!

I am in awe! Wow. Bug-eyed me. (lots more similar descriptions...) That is gorgeous work, you should be proud of yourself.

Wow, you put a LOT of work into those corrections. I mean, I knew you had, but seeing it in print. Gah. You are spectacular. :)

First lace shawl coming up for the Knitting Olympics. I'm hoping it's been proofed for errors.

I'm SO excited to see this all blocked!

No wonder I'm such an impatient bad #ss - you've harnessed more than your quota and haven't left enough to go around!!

Well Miss Grumperina - you will be designing your own lace shawls instead of knitting other folks bad designs, and I will buy them because they will be test knitted.

I really admire your tenacity.

Boy all the hard work on getting the pattern correct. You're wonderful.

Grandma is one lucky person to have you as a granddaughter (socks, shawl and love).

I believe that yours is better looking (even the little bit that I can see)then the one on there web site!

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