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Friday, October 10, 2008

Wabenschal, Cast Off

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I was able to finish the Wabenschal yesterday and here it is! (In all it's unblocked, pathetic droopiness.) Unblocked it seems to be around 72-80 inches long. I don't really expect it to get much bigger since this yarn is silk and silk doesn't have any elasticity. Any extra length I get from blocking will be from the elasticity naturally in knits. This weekend it will have a gentle bath and a nice blocking. (Anytime you are messing with a wet protein fiber - both silk and wool are protein fibers - it's important to remember that they are weaker when they're wet than they are when they are dry. Cotton and linen are actually stronger when they're wet than they are dry.)

And in case you're wondering why the bed is modeling the Wabenschal instead of Finn, he's busy watching birds right now and can't be bothered.

Have a great weekend!

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Robby said...

Any idea how much yarn you used? I couldn't find any indication on the pattern of how much was needed, but I could be blind, too. Look forward to seeing it blocked, Finn or no Finn.

9:25 AM  
Blogger ayla said...

How do you block silk? I'm knitting Cozy, from Knitty, in pure silk yarn, and I'm really nervous about blocking it. I always thought you weren't supposed to get silk wet? I'm making it as a gift so I don't want to waste all my knitting.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Knittripps said...

Congratulations on casting off your wabenschal. I look forward to seeing it post blocking!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

It looks good & can't wait to see it blocked. You are right about silk as I knitted my Pi shawl in silk & it didn't stretch much - in fact it was quite hard to stretch when wet.

8:16 PM  

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