I finally got to block my shawl! I used the wig pins that my friend Kate gave me, and blocked it on the floor of the hobby room.
Of course, I had to clean the room first so that there would be room to block the shawl, that took way longer than I thought it would!
Aside aside, it looks amazing. I love blocking things - the ritual behind it, pinning each part out symmetrically... If there was a paying job blocking people's handknit work, I would apply today! I love the feeling of a project stretching out, being pulled into its final shape, teasing it and pinning it just so that it looks the way I want it to look.
Sometimes I feel like I'm being blocked by other people. You know the type - people that try direct you, stretch you to your limits so that you can discover who you are and what you're made of. I had a teacher in elementary school that definitely "blocked" me! We had to have our homework done, every night, the exact way that she told us to. I hated her - but, you know what, because of her I learned that I had to do my homework, because it helped me understand the material that we talked about in class. And, when I got to college I still did my homework (yes - even the readings!) and I got excellent grades - because I had built those habits when I was a kid. Mrs. D had blocked me into the shape of a student.
And just like a lace shawl or a hat, we can relax and forget our shape. Then someone else comes around and helps block us again.