Off the Hook

I finished this Japanese flower shawl a few weeks ago, and the first opportunity to block it came only recently.


I was slightly worried that it would take me forever to block, because I assumed that I would need to pin every single petal.  Happily, this turned out not to be the case – the pinning of the outside petals gave sufficient stretch to the inside ones.


Blocking always calls for extreme patience.  By this stage in a project, all you want to do is start using your creation.  But, for the sake of an extra couple of days, it is worth it to let the item fully dry and settle into its final shape.

And here we have, what I believe to be called in the trade, the Ta Dah moment…


I am delighted with the finish of this lovely piece.  I used all 10 colours of Kate Davies’ Buachaille yarn, making sure that no two flowers were the same.  The result is a warm but light-weight bundle of joy! 🙂


19 thoughts on “Off the Hook

  1. Hooray! Pretty gorgeous! The shawl and the maker! Xx

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  2. What beautiful work! I am seriously impressed. Well-done!

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    1. Thank you so much! Really appreciate your warm comments. 🙂


  3. Gorgeous, hope you get lots of use out of it and proudly tell everyone who comments you made it

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    1. Thank you so much! And, buoyed by your lovely comments I will refrain from being bashful!! 🙂

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  4. Oh Liz, this shawl is spectacular. You are an artist!!

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    1. You are very kind, Becky, thank you so much! Xxx

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  5. Splendiferous; too beautiful for a simple splendid. 😀

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    1. That’s so lovely, Mandy, thanks – really made me smile! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  6. I am always blown away by the difference blocking makes! This is simple stunning–I love how it’s sort of old-fashioned but bright and modern at the same time!

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    1. Completely agree with you Kerry – the results of blocking always amaze me, even after all these years! Thanks for your generous comments too 🙂


  7. Oh Liz, that is so beautiful. It must have taken so much work and how it has paid off!

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  8. It is a really lovely shawl Liz! I like the way the flowers don’t look as though they are joined together. There is such a lightness and airiness about it!

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    1. Thanks for noticing these details, Clare. And you are absolutely right – considering how much yarn I used, it is beautifully light to wear. 🙂

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