I generally find Facebook's "memories" kind of creepy, in part because, well, Facebook is kind of creepy. But also because they remind me how poor my recall of time is. Take yesterday, when I found myself thinking, "that was 9 years ago?!" when I saw this blast from the past: The magic of blocking was … Continue reading Never Gets Old
Pretty much from the time I cast on the Starshower shawl-cowl, I began thinking about blocking it when I finished. It was knitting up kind of stiff, even though the pattern was lace-ish, and didn't have the drape that I was hoping for. Did I swatch before I started? Why, no I didn't. Thanks for … Continue reading Blocking to the Rescue
These little non-sock socks really shouldn't have taken as long to knit as they did, but there you go. Sometimes life (and knitting) is like that. The yoga socks are off the needles and into the sink for a bath before blocking (really, just drying). https://www.instagram.com/p/BjrvPj8nBwo/
When I first started knitting -- several decades ago now -- projects were done when they came off the needles. If pieces needed to be stitched together, they were seamed and done. But more recently, I've become a blocking convert. Blocking - the process of using water and shaping to truly "finish" the piece -- … Continue reading Blanket Blocking
The colors of the Madeline Tosh yarn that I purchased in Ontario grabbed me from the moment I saw it at The Little Red Mitten. Even though they aren't colors that I wear at all very often -- yellow and orange aren't very flattering on my Celtic looks -- I knew I'd buy it. A fruit salad of mango, … Continue reading Tropical Salad Shawl
When you're close to finishing a knit sweater, take care on the details like blocking and seaming.
I'm a proponent of full immersion blocking. In my mind, steam or a spritz just doesn't give yarn the chance to "bloom" in the way that a good soak does. After binding off the Baby Steps Cardigan yesterday, I plopped it into a big mixing bowl that I'd filled with tepid water and a few drops … Continue reading Baby Sweater in the Bath
OK, that was definitely worth the effort. I'd long heard about the wonders of blocking lace and had seen lots of photos on various blogs. And I'm a big believer in the power of blocking (don't scoff!) to turn ordinary knitting into something more finished, polished even. But even I wasn't prepared for the rush … Continue reading The Magic of Blocking