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Off the needles & onto blocking

Whew! Capri is successfully off the needles at 2:30 PM. This is the second time today that I finished the shawl. Around 9:30 this morning I finished binding off (with just a bit of yarn leftover) & when I went to stretch the shawl out along the bind off edge I heard a horrible sound – the breaking of yarn. That’s right, the bind off was way too tight & there was no way that it could be worn – the break of the yarn was actually a good thing. I managed to pick up all the stitches on a row about 12 back from the bind off – I placed them all on my biggest stitch holder – then transfered them onto one of the needles. After a break to go have brunch with friends I returned to the mess – I took to unraveling the remaining rows & after a couple of yarn breaks discovered that the stitches were “backwards” on the needle so I had to transfer them to the other needle. I then knit about 4 rows & started the bind off row again. This time the bind off is much looser & I will be able to block the shawl into a better shape.

Here is a picture of the “rough” shawl now before I begin blocking & dealing with the few ends that need to be woven.

Capri - Before Blocking

Next up…blocking! The next blog entry about Capri will be introducing you to the finished object!


  1. Your Capri looks beautiful!! In spite of the problems with the bind-off and yarn breakage, you persevered and finished- congratulations on Olympic Gold! 😉 It really looks wonderful and I can’t wait to see the final blocked pics. Fantastic work… take care, Amy! 🙂

  2. Wow, what a stressful day! Glas it worked out ok.

  3. Great job on the shawl Amy! Good for you for picking up and finishing Again! Perserverance paid off in a lovely way for you this time!

  4. I would have died, hearing that sound! But you did so well and it’s beautiful! Good for you for finishing the Olympics!

  5. Oh my! What a struggle, but look! You are victorious! and she really is a beauty, Amy! Looking forward to the post-block pics!

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