Sarah went on vacation last week so I was at the shop non-stop. I decided to try to block the two shawls I finished months ago in the back room during shop hours. I wasn't sure if this would work since I am used to blocking at home with a proper wash basin and using the spin cycle of my washing machine to remove the water. At the shop, we don't have running water, but we have access to water from the restaurant

First up is the Swallowtail Shawl from the Fall 2006 issue of Interweave Knits (now available as a free download.) If you have never attempted lace before, this would be an excellent place to start, the pattern is easy to read and quick to memorize. I knitted mine out of some seacell sock base that I dyed especially for this shawl. I used 396 yards of the yarn which made more of a shawlette sized shawl.

My second shawl is the Fountain Pen Shawl from the Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. Originally, I knit this to give as a gift, but I really like the size and the weight of the shawl so I might be keeping it for myself. Again this is a handdyed yarn, actually I dyed two colorways for the Swallowtail because I couldn't decide what I wanted for that one. This was a fingering weight superwash base yarn that we sell at the shop and in the end, I much preferred this yarn and shawl to the yarn I used for the Swallowtail and I plan on dyeing more in the future.

That is all for now, but hopefully I will have a few more projects to share later in the week.

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