Make that a zircon. A small one.
Here's a scan of the Orenberg Barbie shawl, awaiting blocking. The poor thing. It looks very bedraggled and depressed. It would not get a date for the prom. It would not be America's Next Top Model. It would not be featured in a series of Gap ads, although it does sing better than Kelly Clarkson. (Who doesn't?)
No, this piece of lace knitting would retreat to a lonely mountaintop and wallow in its pitiful sorrows.
So, time to block it. I've decided I definitely want to do this all the Orenberg way, and use the technique in Gossamer Webs that makes use of a nylon cord and a handful of pins in lieu of no cord and 10,000 pins.
Galina Khemeleva demonstrated this method in her class at Stitches Midwest, so I've seen it done in person (unlike any other sort of blocking). She made it look easy, but she is the Orenberg Lace Ambassador to the World.
But what the heck. As I once said to that one guy who asked me to perform that particular act with that unusual object, why let a total lack of experience get in the way?
I plan to photograph every step for posterity, for better or worse. The final photo may be of a pretty little piece of lace, or it may be of me tossing the thing into Lake Michigan. We shall see.