If you take one knitter with a set of 2mm needles and giver her just under 3 km of gossamer Cash Silk laceweight , add a few audio books (Brideshead Revisited, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Great Expectations, Tale of Two Cities and Little Dorrit) and mix in a few World Cup football matches (apologies again to all England fans) you could get one of these.
Wedding Ring Shawl (designed by Sharon Miller).
In it's pre-blocked state it was a sizeable 4 feet by 4 feet. Blocking took it to just under 6 feet square.
blocked the Blob last year I'm too old to be faffing about blocking things on the floor. So a couple of months ago when I saw these square foam pieces on sale I picked some up - and they've transformed the process!
These squares are each 2ft by 2ft and about 3/4 inch thick. I put the foam pieces together on my dining table was able to block the shawl easily in record time.
Of course this is the Wedding Ring Shawl so 'the test' was necessary.
I ran into a hurdle here - I don't own a wedding ring and although my neigbbhours are lovely, I'm not convinced that my asking to borrow a wedding ring for an hour wouldn't step over the 'neighbourly' line.
I pulled it through carefully and slowly. And hurrah! It worked!
The shawl lives up to its name. (Well, I guess more accurately it lives up to the name 'Cheap Fashion Ring Shawl' - but that's almost the same. A rose by any other name and all that....)