Care instructions for lace shawl gifts.

November 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm 6 comments

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How to care for your new shawl

Knitting lace seems to be addictive. Possibly it’s the jigsaw-like puzzle of lining up every stitch form a pattern, or perhaps it is the exhilaration of the butterfly-from-a-chrysalis moment of blocking your shawl and discovering what you’ve really been making over those many hours.

Whatever the reason, the reality is that each of us has only one neck, and you can, generally, only wear one shawl at a time.

What to do with the others? Frequently they become gifts.

Gifting them provides the ideal excuse to make more, and makes an excellent justification for indulging in more yarn shopping. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not to mention cheering the recipient.

However, if you’ve ever given someone a lace shawl, they have probably asked you ‘how do I wash it?’ And you’ve probably noticed their eyes glaze over as you describe soaking and blocking. No one wants their gift to become a burden, after all.

Blocking is simple enough once you’ve done it a time or two, or seen a picture, but can seem daunting to the novice.

To make the first-time-blocking process less scary, I’ve made up a variety of little A6 cards which can be slipped in with your precious gift, and referred to at leisure by the lucky recipient.

You can download the PDF here, then print and share at will. ๐Ÿ™‚

Please note some I’ve included some for silk, which requires more gentle blocking, some with the lazy clothesline method, and some which recommend a protective covering over the blocking surface (highly recommended for shawls which will either hold a lot of water, or which you found to be non-colourfast when you soaked them yourself). Please consider which card best suits the needs of your shawl.

You may like to include the yarn label with the gift too.

So now you’ve got the perfect excuse to knit more!

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. contemax  |  December 24, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Nim…..you are fantastic!
    This label it’s so a great idea!
    Can I tell you that when I need some energy during the day I read something from your site or posts in Ravelry?

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    • 2. littlehouseonthehill  |  December 24, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Aww, gosh! What a lovely thing to say, you’ve made my day!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Reply
  • 3. Lisagreenb  |  April 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    So late in asking this, but what pattern is the lace that pinned out in the top picture of this post? It looks so beautiful!!

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    • 4. littlehouseonthehill  |  April 19, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Hi Lisa, that’s Avalonia, one of the Otherwhere set, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/avalonia That one was in a pure silk, a little slippery to work with but it blocks beautifully and stays that way!

      Reply
  • 5. Arella  |  December 27, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Thank you so much for care instructions! Made my day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply
    • 6. littlehouseonthehill  |  December 27, 2015 at 7:01 am

      Happy to hear it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply

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