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Shawl Blocking Tip

When blocking a shawl, you're often pinning out points or trying to get the shaping "right" (whether that be making both sides even or smoothing a curved edge). Even if you use blocking wires (which are great!), it's often a game of pinning and unpinning and moving and repinning to get everything just right. But it can be hard sometimes to see exactly what needs to get adjusted. So here's what I do.

I use my phone to take an aerial picture of the shawl on the blocking mat. Sometimes I just hold my arms up high and sometimes I get a step stool to get a little more height. Then I examine the picture to see how the shaping looks. I've discovered that I see how it looks a lot better through the picture than I do just by looking at the shawl on the blocking mat. I make adjustments and then take another picture until I'm happy with how everything looks.

Here's one of the pictures I took during a shawl blocking session last year. Can you see where I needed to make a few minor adjustments to make it all even?

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