Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
I am somewhat embarrassed to say that Rumpelstiltskin has been finished for many weeks now, but not blocked.Â Until last weekend!Â When, overcome by the shame of having a project finished but not-finished, as you might say, I washed and blocked the durned thing.
This undertaking was somewhat hampered by the fact that I could not find my blocking wires, which naturally meant that I had to tear my house apart looking for them.Â Because, you see, Rumpel was already washed and waiting to be put on the rack, as it were.Â While I was instituting this search, I was talking on the phone with a friend of mine, giving him a blow-by-blow accountÂ of the search.Â “Look under the bed,”Â he said.Â “Isn’t that where blocking wires can usually be found?”Â (He had no idea what blocking wires even were until our conversation that night.)Â “No, they’re normally found in the hall closet!Â Ha! Ha! Ha!” I laughed.Â Guess what?Â They were in the hall closet.Â Huh.Â Go figure.
But!Â Isn’t he gorgeous!Â (If I do say so myself.)Â I am very, very pleased, which is a good thing, because if I weren’t pleased after the hundreds of hours I spent on him, I would…well, I don’t really know what I would do.Â Bang my head against the wall.Â Stick a knitting needle in my eye.Â Run screaming into the woods.Â You get the idea.
Final specs on Rumpelstiltskin:
Yarn:Â Knit One, Crochet Too DouceurÂ Swirls 70% baby mohair, 30% silk
purchased from Elann
Pattern:Â Diamonds and Triangles (slightly enlarged) from Victorian Lace Today
Finished size:Â about 4×8 feet
Time to knit:Â forever