Have you ever finished a Christmas present in May? I suppose that's what happens when you start the largest and most complicated crochet project you've ever attempted in November.
Yes, this is a christmas present for my mother (and birthday present and now mother's day present). Yes, she has seen it, unfinished and unblocked. Yes, that is kind of mean: "Here is this thing I'm making you that's half done and kind of crappy looking! Aren't you excited? No, you can't have it! And I have no idea when I'll be done! Merry Christmas!"
Oh well. It is actually done done now. I finished the crocheting in February I think, then I had a little project fatigue. I did not want to see it or touch it or do anything else with it. Has that ever happened to you?
I was super nervous about blocking the shawl, because blocking could make or break this project. This project I had devoted a crazy amount of hours to already. Finally, I borrowed some blocking wires from a friend (thanks, Debbie!), bought 200 pins, cleared off the guest bed, and blocked that sucker. It turned out nicely, seeing I had no idea what I was doing! The before and after blocking pictures are pretty striking. Block your work, people!
You can find the link to the pattern on Ravelry. Sorry there isn't any information about the yarn I used. I will try to hunt it down, because I've completely forgotten what it was called. It was a lovely lace weight, mohair blend just slightly variegated. It was the absolute perfect yarn for this project. I guess I'll just have to go back to the yarn store to see if they still stock it.
Maybe this would be a good time to start working on her present for this christmas...