Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Blocking Adventure

One of the things I do not like much about Knitting/Crocheting is the finishing process. I know it is an important process to make your items look good and not amateurish. But once I finish my project I want it to be it, the finish line. I do not want to have to wait a day or two while the project dries so that I can enjoy the fruits of my labor. Call me inpatient but darn it I want to wear it NOW!

Which brings me to my current little problem, I have a beautiful shawl that I Crocheted up last summer to wear this Spring but I never blocked it. Now that the weather is perfect for this shawl, I cannot wear it! It is currently a bumpy, curled around the edge mess.

So on Sunday I was scrambling around my apartment, looking for the blocking pins that I know that I have, but I cannot find because I have never used them because I refuse to block my projects and I just beg my friends to do it for me (Did you get that? Have I made you dizzy yet? No? Oh, you just wait).

I finally found them, I set up all my stuff, I took a deep breath and took the plunge!

The tools

Before blocking.

I took the plunge!

Get down there and stay down!

Out to dry. My Shawl was bigger then the mat so I had to also use towels.
It took a day and a half for it to dry. I am happy that I got over my fear and blocked my shawl because it looks great. Take a look at it after drying on my model Alice:

After - Front

After - Back

You can find all the details on this project on my Ravelry page.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

~Knitting Chica

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