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A couple weeks ago, Kelley and I talked about the joy, the wonder, the magic of blocking lace (podcast 69), so I thought I'd share my finished lace project and include the dreadful before picture too. This is the Juno Regina pattern by Miriam Felton from knitty.com in the Sterling color of Gloss Lace.

Lace blocking wires hard at work. They make blocking lace so easy compared to pinning every inch.

Here's the lace while it was still on the needles. Big difference, huh?

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Comment by evestarr on July 12, 2009 at 2:15pm
I get a little sneak preview of my lace shawls by adding some weight. If it's a triangular shawl, I knit as usual until it's about 8" long. At the point, I insert one of those closeable rings you use for index cards or embroidery floss bags. I make sure I go through a hole that's well-supported. As I continue to knit, the ring pulls on my knitting just enough to show me how it's really going to look when I'm done. A package of 4 metal rings was about a dollar at Wal-Mart.
Comment by MarleneVivian on March 19, 2009 at 8:54pm
I purchased blocking wire from Knitpicks and they are wonderful to use. The first shawl I made looked so much better after blocking. My sister loved her gift. Wouldn't think about blocking lace without them.
Comment by MicheleLB on October 29, 2008 at 11:30pm
I just purchased blocking wires from KnitPicks. I haven't used them yet, but I know I will! I used my friend's wires for my first lace shawl, and I was hooked.

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