I put it into a bath of Soak to get it nice & clean & wet to block it, and look what happened!
The red dye came POURING out of the yarn! My heart was in my mouth that I was after ruining it, after all the hard work!
Thankfully it doesn’t seem to be any worse for the wear:
*sigh* Isn’t it beautiful? It’s not perfect, but I love it. I ran out of yarn again after buying my extra wheel, so I gave up approx 3/4 of the way through the 576 pattern repeat and just began the edging.
The post blocking diameter is approx 54″. So not much growth with blocking, but it lies flat and looks much more even.
Pattern: Pi Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmermann from Knitters Almanac
Yarn: Ístex Plotulopi Unspun Icelandic, 4 wheels of brown & 2 wheels of red
Needles: 4.5mm Addi Clicks and dpns
My only comment is that I couldn’t close the hole in the centre after Emily Ockers cast on, as the Unspun Icelandic just came apart in my hand when I tried to pull it. So, it has an extra design feature in the centre!
A true labour of love project, but I’m going to be lovely & warm watching the tv this winter!
Now that I’ve finished the Pi, I can get cracking on the charity knitting for the hospice.
I bought this yarn last week to do something with:
It’s cheap as chips King Cole Big Value chunky. Chunky coz then it might knit up faster, lol!
I’ll have to get looking for something to make with it.
In the meantime, I bought the latest issue of Simply Knitting the other day as there’s loads of quick gift ideas projects in it that I think will be great for the charity fair.
I think I’m going to start with this one using some self striping cotton yarn I got forever ago in Lidl:
In the meantime, Good Knitting!