Birch Blocking

Nothing like Jolt's wedding, er, tomorrow, to light a fire under a wedding-shawl maker's ass! We're here in Houston and of course I was too busy to block Birch at home, so figured I could go about it in our hotel room. Actually it worked out well - since Birch is so large and we don't have that much space to do this kind of thing in our apartment.

I decided to go with The Harlot's method of lace blocking - threading the edges with string instead of blocking wires:

Birch Blocking 1

That actually was much less time consuming than I thought it would be. Then Birch took a bath in the hotel tub with a smidge of baby shampoo:

Birch Blocking 2

She was pinned right down on the hotel carpet:

Birch Blocking 3

Look how perfectly triangular she is - and a full 80" across!

Birch Blocking 4

A few miles of Birch for your viewing pleasure:

Birch Blocking 5

Look for a finished object in the next few days!

Posted by jess at March 10, 2006 6:16 PM

yowza! that is one bitchin birch!

can't wait to see it modeled by the bride!

Posted by: kate at March 10, 2006 6:45 PM

Wow! And to think it will look at least ten times as lovely on the bride. Well done.

Posted by: holly at March 10, 2006 7:09 PM

Gorgeous, gorgeous Birch!! Looking forward to the "in action" shots. :)

Posted by: Chris at March 10, 2006 7:26 PM

Cool! I bet it's much easier to travel with the string method than a set of blocking wires too! hehe And how handy that they had a grid on the carpet. Be sure to post photos of the bride in her wedding shawl with those pretty blue eyes! She'll be so beautiful. :)

Posted by: Laura at March 10, 2006 7:30 PM

Birch is gorgeous! Your friend is going to treasure this.

Posted by: Bee at March 10, 2006 7:46 PM

Oh my gosh....amazing! I can't wait to see more photos. Great work!

Posted by: Suzanne at March 10, 2006 7:50 PM

Oh, you can already see how beautiful it is even tacked to a hotel carpet. What a wonderful gift. Well done you!

Posted by: Rachel at March 10, 2006 8:03 PM

Oh, you can already see how beautiful it is even tacked to a hotel carpet. What a wonderful gift. Well done you!

Posted by: Rachel at March 10, 2006 8:03 PM


Posted by: teresa at March 10, 2006 8:28 PM

How funny...I so know what kind of hotel you are staying in...I recognize the soap!

Birch looks beautiful, Jess!

Posted by: Skylar at March 10, 2006 8:46 PM

It looks beautiful! I must say though, if you are fine with blocking anything on the FLOOR of a hotel room you shouldn't be worried about mattresses coming new/or run through a trial (which have to be tagged as used and disenfected anyway).

To each their own...

teri, who just finished antibacterial cleaning all my door knobs...

Posted by: teri at March 10, 2006 9:47 PM

looks great! can't wait to see it fully blocked and modelled off.

Posted by: Sandra at March 10, 2006 10:18 PM

Oh, my. Now I know why the string method didn't work for me last time. I tried to thread it through an already-wet I feel kinda stupid.

Birch looks lovely, though.

Posted by: naomi at March 10, 2006 11:57 PM

It looks so beautiful! I'm dying to try knitting lace one of these days-- when I finish the other gazillion projects I keep thinking I'll do one day...

Posted by: kristiface at March 11, 2006 12:35 AM

What a wonderful gift for your friend! Can't wait to see more photos.

Posted by: Prim at March 11, 2006 4:16 AM

Yay! Great job, and it's the perfect bridal color (something blue...)

Posted by: colleen at March 11, 2006 9:28 AM

i love looking at lace blocking :)

the spiders were wondering were you were this week! now, we know you've been on vacation. you lucky girl. have a great time at the wedding! get a shot of the bride in her fabulous knit.

Posted by: gleek at March 11, 2006 10:42 AM

Soooo beautiful!! I must make one of these. What a perfect wedding shawl.

Posted by: Julia at March 11, 2006 2:30 PM

What convenient carpet. It looks great...your friend is one lucky bride.

Posted by: jemadi at March 11, 2006 4:01 PM

it's gorgeous! i finished mine, too. love it. may do another.

Posted by: jenny at March 11, 2006 5:01 PM

Wow, she's beautiful! I bet housekeeping were envious too!

Posted by: The Skirt at March 12, 2006 3:33 PM

WOW- that looks amazing- you did a great job. Your friend will love it.

Can't wait to see pictures of Birch in action!

Posted by: Kym at March 12, 2006 4:26 PM

Birch looks beautiful - I cant wait to see it in action! (And I'd love to hear the verdict on your mattress issue, I think mattress buying in NYC is a terrifying prospect.)

Posted by: MeBeth at March 12, 2006 8:26 PM

oooh! Aaah!
very lovely

Posted by: heatherly at March 13, 2006 1:42 AM

oh i love it! love the gorgeous, ethereal birch. and love that you're blocking it on your hotel floor with just a few hours to spare. glad i'm not the only one who finishes projects in the nick of time (when knitting my clapotis to wear to a friends' wedding last september, i had to hide outside the wedding tent for half an hour to sew in the ends and unravel the dropped stitches).

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