Monday, November 28, 2011

Finished

(I had a very patient model this morning.)

I finished the Surya short of 11pm Friday night. Saturday morning I woke early to start the blocking process. I love it so much and it feels so good.

There is only one problem: Shortly after Chase and I got it pinned in place for blocking, a very excited dog came barreling up the stairs after a potty trip and jumped on it. Yep. Four muddy paw prints (but thankfully no poked toes). Help?? I sponged the mud off as best as I could, but I can still see a little dirt here and there. Can I hand wash with Woolite and block again? I knitted this using the Ella Rae bamboo silk.

Once I get it washed and re-blocked I promise to take better pictures when there is actual decent light.

23 comments:

  1. Emily, it is beautiful!
    I did a google search for the yarn you used and everything I read said to handwash and dry flat. I think if you give the shawl a gently soak and then reblock everything will be fine.
    Great job.
    xx

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  2. Fabulous!! I'll bet you can wash it with Woolite and re-block... but, check with some others! good luck! blessings ~ Tanna

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  3. Yep, wash again! It is lovely and tell Chase he makes an awesome shawl model ;)

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  4. Beautiful shawl. The colour and stitch is just perfect. I can't see any dirt, but I guess I'm not close enough! I'd go for a hand wash and flat dry again. What a great model too. I'm guessing he doesn't claim it as his own and run off with it like my children!

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  5. Like everyone before me, I say just let it soak again. Beautiful shawl (and model)!

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  6. Beautiful!!!!!

    ~~Renee

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  7. oh emily how beautiful! it looks just lovely, the color and pattern are perfect together. your dog has good taste. ;)
    i would definetly soak and gently squeeze out the remaining dirt. i picked up a very gentle wool wash at a wool festival, it works so well (forget the name). but woollite would work just fine i'm sure. good luck.

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  8. @Tracey

    Thanks Tracey! I was going to look online for tips when I got home so I appreciate you checking for me. :) I'm going to hand wash this evening and re-block it.

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  9. @Swanski

    Thanks Karen! Haha, I'll let Chase know. He was getting annoyed when I kept asking him to follow me around the house for a decent light source.

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  10. @Cheryl

    Thank you! I am so pleased with how well it did turn out.

    He may not have run off with it, but he kept opening his arms up so he had wings! ;)

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  11. @Proud Mama

    Thanks :) I'm going to eyeball the spots and gently wash again tonight and re-block (Chase really likes this process).

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  12. @Lori ann

    Thank you! I am really pleased with how this turned out. Each time I look it over, I just fall in love with the whole pattern again. :)

    I have a little bottle of wool wash from my LYS that I can't find or I'd try it out. Hmm..

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  13. How beautiful! And how scary...naughty puppy. Hope it all comes out in the wash ;-)

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  14. Oh, Emily!!! THis is gorgeous! Those puppies--I've got an enthusiastic 7 year old "puppy" who just unraveled a hooked rug tonight! I feel your pain.
    I used to own a yarn shop--and we were always told in the "profession" that wool-lite is something you really want to steer away from with your handknits; it leaves a residue that will build up and detract from the beauty of the yarn. You would be better served with using a gentle wool wash like eucalan or soak but even baby shampoo is better than woollite. Dawn dishwashing detergent is also an alternative wash. Good luck with the "cleaning"--I'm sure it will wash out--and you'll have a "story" to tell!

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  15. @rainblissed

    LOL! All is well. I just got the spots damp and gently rubbed. I can't see anymore smudges, so I think it's good. :)

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  16. @steph

    Thanks Steph! I ended up just using a little warm water and a damp cloth to get the rest of the dirt off. I was too afraid to try anything else and I didn't want to head out to the LYS in the nasty weather for special stuff (I do have a little container of the wash solution they carry, I just can't find it!!).

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  17. @Emilyyou were so so lucky he didn't tear a hole in it with his little doggie nails! PHEW. I knew the dirty paws prints could be dealt with!!! So glad this has a happy ending! It really is quite lovely!!!!!!!

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  18. Get out of town! I was completely blown away when the picture came up. Just beautiful Emily (and chase, and muddy pawed pet)!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  19. WOW--Emily this is gorgeous!!!! So sorry about the paw prints, hope they came off ok!!
    xo

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  20. @MJ

    Thanks MJ. Yep, everything is nice and clean again. :)

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