Blocking My Knitted Projects
This week has been my "lazy" week. I put lazy in quotes, because that just means I don't have much for meetings this week, except for one with the doula this evening. I had finished knitting the pieces I needed for my first baby sweater and had finished the baby hat. Both needed to be blocked before I could go any further. And, since I has also finished up some leaves, I thought those were small enough and quickly made, so I could afford experimenting with them in case I made some horrible error.
I has recently bought a hand-held small steamer from the hardware store for real cheap ($10) and had yet to use it. Pulled it out the box, quickly read through the instructions and pinned down my leaves.
Easy, peasy!!! It took more than ten minutes for the steamer to get going. It heated up just fine, but there was a wait before the steam busted through for the first time.
The curled edges of the baby hat seemed to tame down like magic!
Now all that's left to do is tucking in those loose tails (after shortening them, of course). And then, I have to add some sort of strappy thingys. I can't decide if I want to knit a cord or braid some yarn. Here's the free pattern.
Next up - the pieces for the baby sweater.
These needed to be blocked before I could sew the pieces together. It's a simple five-rectangle pattern and just right for someone who's never ventured into knitting sweaters before.
I had to block again after I had sewn the pieces together. Now, I'm working on some little white flowers to embellish the front of this green sweater. I think it will be perfect for our little Spring Baby.
For those of you who have never tried blocking before or have been intimidated, or rather, just feeling it is not necessary (which I felt for a long time, in fact the whole time I've been knitting which is over 10 years now), I strongly encourage you to give it a try! I learned to knit from a friend over some beers on a random Autumn evening. I remember it was at the end of the last century, with Y2K looming in the future, and the general desire to have some survival skills. What better for this cold Minnesota environment - making warm clothing with two sticks and a ball of yarn.
I eventually took a class a few years later that taught me how to read patterns. Since then, I've been improving my skills, inspired by some great bloggers and the great resources available on the internet, primarily YouTube where technique is concerned. It's just in this last year that I've tried some more complicated patterns. I think because of both Kat and Anise. Hey, Anise (!) you should post some pictures of your knitting projects on your blog!
I've got to end this soon and now because the doula will be here in an hour and I still have to get dinner started. But before I go - I think knitting is more than just a cool, fun DIY craft. I still think it is a survival skill, something that more of us should try!