Puttering….

Once again I am not accomplishing all the things I planned to do today and it’s already nearly 1:30 p.m.  I must get busy.

I must NOT shop Etsy stores for some of the most gorgeous little knit stitch markers that I might have had to order some for me and some as gifts.

I most NOT shop another Etsy store where I love the handspun yarns she makes.

I must NOT create more Customfit project patterns when I need to finish the one I’m working on.

I must NOT order the yarn from TLE that I want for said Customfit project pattern that I just swatched and created the pattern for.

Oh well – I guess I have accomplished quite a bit since I did manage to do all those things along with going out for breakfast and doing some grocery shopping.  🙂

But all fun must come to an end (at least according to my checkbook!).  Time for a smoothie, toss in the last load of laundry (since I actually did remember to buy laundry detergent), and then first on the agenda – do the seams of my sister’s top so I can soak it and block it since the blocking boards are already taking up the sewing room table.  But first a trip out to the dumpsters and I don’t think I’ve retrieved the mail at all this week.   The sun is shining, it’s fairly warm (about 50) so not a bad day to go for a little stroll.

(or I may need to stroll into my yarn stash and see what I can find for this shawl  (Ravelry Link) I just love the stripes in it.

 

 

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Blocking knits

I’ve gotten several emails asking how I block my sweaters.    I am no expert by any means.  There’s lots of articles, blog posts, tutorials, etc. on the web, in magazines and books.  So you have to pick what works for you.    Since the first sweater I made was a Customfit design by Amy Herzog, I followed her blocking method which worked wonderfully.  So that’s how I did my second sweater.

You can find Amy’s blog post about blocking here .  Main take away – make sure your wet pieces don’t stretch -handle very carefully and as little as possible, pin strategic measurements to your schematic measurements but let the sides alone.

20140406_2 The first photo is the one I posted yesterday of my sweater blocking.  I’ve got the places pinned out per my schematic.  But if you look along the sides – of the sweater it looks sort of lumpy and uneven along the edge — part of that is where the waist is pinned out to the correct size but the rest is because it looks like there’s a bit too much fabric because it’s wet.  If I were to pin all that out until it was nice and even, my sweater would be way too long.  You just sort of pat those areas out so they look good and wait to see what happens.

 

Now look at the second photo take this morning when the sweater is dry.  All that rippley edge is gone because this yarn shrinks slightly as it dries.

 

Time to head out for breakfast with a friend!

 

 

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