It occurred to me while I was going about my blocking this morning that there's a nice rhythm to it.
However, you have to have the right tools. I used all 18 of my blocking squares, put together with the rough side up to hold knitted fabric where I put it. Cladonia is a half-circle shawl, so I started by running two long blocking wires through the straight top of the shawl. Look at the bottom of the photo -- see the wire through the purl bumps? And how the wire is held in place by t-pins?
Cladonia's hem edge is picot points, each with a bead in the center. All will be pinned. I begin by pulling and pinning the center point of each section.
Then pull and pin the center points between those points.
Until the pinned points are in a nice easy crescent shape.
Every pin in the shawl -- and there are 77 beaded picots -- is angled this way:
Those talented picots can't climb the pin to escape. They're stuck until I'm ready, which will be after the ceiling fan does its drying thing.
LZ blocking rules:
1. the right tools for the job;
2. know what the fiber wants to do;
3. balance -- ease in the lace points;
4. angle the pins;
5. you might as well enjoy it.