After the wonderful experience I had with blocking my Queen Silvia shawl, I was eager to being my next lace project: the Triangular Summer Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia. I decided that this time I would make a gauge swatch and block it before I began my shawl. I had made gauge swatches before, but I had never blocked one because I was always too impatient to begin my project. I figured that since everyone recommends it, it must be important.
In an evening I knitted my gauge swatch according to the pattern directions. I soaked it in the sink for half an hour. I laid it on the spare bed and pinned it to the measurements specified in the pattern. It was so pretty. I left it pinned in place all night. The next morning I unpinned it but did not measure it yet. Knitting tends to relax and shrink a little after it is unpinned, so I wanted to give it time for this to happen. The next day I measured it, and it was the perfect size. I now knew that the size needles and yarn I was using were perfect for the pattern.