Here is Mary’s wedding shawl, blocked basically following the same method as in Eunny Jang‘s tutorial, only I used the measurements on my contact-paper-covered cardboard quilting folded thingy. Pattern – Flower Basket Shawl by Evelyn Clark from the Fall 04 Interweave Knits.
And the bad over-the-shoulder shot.
The blocking stretched it out to what seems like twice its unblocked size. But when I pulled the pins out, there was still some shrinkage. The consistency of the shawl has completely changed, though – there is drape where before there was snuggly elastic pull. The latter is nice but you can’t see the lace design… (Can you see that there is nearly 1 1/2 inches between the unpinned point and the hole where the pin was? I pinned the shawl to 25 in. in length and it is now 23 1/2 in.)
OK, on to needle sizes.
And Ann commiserated but confused me more by telling me that she has two different mm gauges for size #2…
It seems that some real answers were beginning to be revealed with Kanuck‘s link to a table of “observed diameters” for various US sizes, which was very enlightening.
The Craft Yarn Council of America has designated industry standard mm measurements for knitting needles, but this doesn’t solve the problem of European sizing (Addi Turbo, anyone?) or European designations in patterns (*cough*DaleofNorway*cough*).
ps. The shawl is the second FO of 2007. This pair of socks is the first. I promise that they are for someone with two feet that are the same size, even though they look a bit wonky in this photo.