Finished Girasole

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I'm done! Before blocking: I use lavendar Eucalan for blocking.  I have not used other soaps, so I really do not have any opinion on the best.  Do any of you have a favorite blocking soap or method? I soaked Girasole for at least 15 minutes in tepid water with the Eucalan.  Once soaking was complete, I squeezed out excess water gently - this takes awhile.  Then I laid the blanket flat and pinned down to the rug to dry.  I did not have a lot of pins, so I decided to block the afghan with a scalloped edge.  I think it will look great!

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  • Colleen: September 26, 2016

    Looks really beatuiful Katie! Can’t wait to see it in person. I am sure it feels awesome to have it finished.

  • Cheryl: September 26, 2016

    Katie, this is stunning! You must have a huge sense of accomplishment!! Such a beautiful piece of hard work!

  • Shara: September 26, 2016

    Wow, I’m impressed! Looks like a lot of work but such a beautiful finished product.

  • Katie Zahner: September 26, 2016

    Thanks Michelle – I agree i think that I will block again with all pins :)
    But for now I am too impatient to wait.
    I am already dreaming of yarn for my next Girasole!

  • Megan Hall: September 26, 2016

    Oh.my.gosh.
    I have never had any desire to knit a blanket…not even a baby sized one, but this sure looks tempting.
    Beautiful job~ just beautiful!

  • Karla: September 26, 2016

    I LOVE before blocking & after blocking pictures! What a beautiful piece! You should be proud of this one!
    I am enjoying your blog – love seeing it in my in-box. It’s always a treat. A little disappointed about not winning the bowl-but congrats to the winners! Made sure my daughter knows about it….may have given her a little idea nudge for Mother’s Day. :-)

  • Michelle Kroll: September 26, 2016

    It looks great! My only word of advice (read constructive criticism) is that it is worth it to go and purchase 640 pins. All 640 little points around the edge really bring the look together. For my second I considered doing a different edge, perhaps a crocheted edge. But, I now know how much more cohesive it is to just work through that edging.

    I have been reading, almost since the beginning. I am loving your blog! I won’t be surprised at all to see one of you make the Girasole again. It’s addicting!

  • Sharon: September 26, 2016

    Katie—once again you have inspired me to keep on with this insane “addiction”! Your afghan is gorgeous! Maybe some day I’ll be able to tackle something like this!

  • Betsy: September 26, 2016

    PS- I like the scalloped edge a lot- maybe one blanket of each edge? :)

  • Betsy: September 26, 2016

    I love this… and thanks for the blocking photos. I had no idea what it all really was and now it totally makes sense!

  • Alison: September 26, 2016

    This is absolutely beautiful! Love the color, too.

  • Bonnie: September 26, 2016

    Wow!!! This is absolutely beautiful Katie. You girls are so talented. I enjoy the many projects that you share with us on your blog.

  • krstanley: September 26, 2016

    Puddle is the perfect word for it!! I like it.

  • Julie: September 26, 2016

    it’s so beautiful!! I love blocking lace, it’s like magic the way it transforms from a lumpy puddle into something spectacular.

  • Crystal: September 26, 2016

    Gorgeous, love the colour! My favourite blocking soap is called “Soak”. I love their “Aquae” scent but they all smell lovely :)

  • jill: September 26, 2016

    It is goregous! Maybe I’ll manage something like that for my grandkids. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Donna: September 26, 2016

    Wow, Katie, what a beautiful piece of art. I can’t believe that you have finished it already — it seems like you started it just a short time ago.

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  • Sheila: September 26, 2016

    It’s just beautiful Katie…love the color too!
    Not that I’m ready for a project that requires blocking, but where do you buy that soap?

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