The wrangling continued and not without injury:
On day two, Hemlock seemed to relax a but, allowing me to pull out each point an additional five inches. That, and an attack with my Jiffy Steamer, improved the lumps by at least 75%. Hopefully that shot of steam will have killed the acrylic and tamed the cotton. I'm leaving it to dry for another two days before freeing it from its shackles.
Here is my post match review:
Pattern: Hemlock Ring blanket from Brooklyn Tweed
Yarn: Kraemer Tatamy Tweed DK, doubled, 10 skeins in total (nine for the body and one for the crocheted bind off and edging. The crocheted bit was done with a single strand and took 187 yards).
Size - extra large. While most in the KAL blocked out to 50" or so, I used the equivalent of 1125 yards of holding a single strand, plus the 187 yards for the finishing, for a total pinned out measurement of 70" We'll see what happens when it's released from bondage.
Words to the wise - unless you like wrestling, don't attempt this project in anything other that 100% wool, which will block more easily. Bear in mind, no matter what you use, it will need to be blocked with each washing. When the time comes I'm going to try dry cleaning. I wonder how Jared manages to get all of his projects blocked so beautifully?
I've decided blocking is like labor, you forget about the pain as soon as it's over. So, there's a new baby octopus in our house:
That would be 100% wool. Question to other feather and fanners: do you think there would be less bulk in the feathers if there were only three rows of plain knitting between the lace rows, instead of four?