with a little Honeybee Stole and Marie Antoinette thrown in for good measure...
Wires! Wires! At least for the top. They made all the difference in the blocking.
I've never looked back, after getting a set of wires. They save huge amounts of time in blocking. I have an inexpensive set of many short lengths, for use in dressing shawls, and a couple of expensive sets that are designed for garments. I don't think you need to pay a lot--all you need are wires that won't rust or discolor your knitting when you steam it.
I like blocking wires because they help to keep the edges straight--something I'm not capable of on my own! I use big foam pads for blocking large items, and they don't have grids on them. Also the thought of pinning down the long sides of a shawl seems quite formidable. I'm not sure how I'd manage without the wires. I've even used wires for blocking the sides and bottom of sweaters before their assembled.
Oops--before "they're" assembled.
i love my blocking wires. i've had them for forever it seems. at least ten, maybe fifteen years. blocking goes much faster, and the points on lace are more consistent. my set came with some flexible wires for blocking out curves, as for set in sleeves. those would work on that wing for ms3...
I really like my blocking wires. Well worth the investment. If you use TIG stainless steel wires, be sure to get the ones that are NOT coated in flux. (Loved my late husband, but sometimes that man did not THINK *G*.)Get several packets of tpins and you are set! I usually use the wires for the neck edge and down the center 'spine' of a triangle shawl. Then pin the points out individually. Good combination of control and ease of use.
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