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April 01, 2006

Hey, this blocking thing works!

Hey, look! I finished something! , Knitting

I've been knitting for several years, but somehow, I'd gotten away with not blocking anything. I made mostly scarves and stuff, anyway. And on some level, I think I thought the whole blocking concept was an elaborate joke being played on me by all the other knitters in the universe. Or, um, something. Because really, you do what? Wet it? And pin it to something? How does that make sense?

But then I finished Branching Out, and it was lace, and everyone said that lace had to be blocked. So I figured, what the heck, I'd give it a try. I came home from work on Thursday and gave it a little bath and pinned it to the couch:

And look! It actually worked!

I believe you all now. I'm sorry I ever doubted you. (But I still think steeking must be a joke.)

Posted by Kat at April 1, 2006 07:11 PM

Looks lovely!
Mine is actually nearing completion....

I'm absolutely addicted to blocking. Even for scarves and things. It makes things nice and flat and even, I'm a big fan of that :)

Posted by: Tracy at April 1, 2006 09:41 PM

It's lovely!!

I'm with you on steeking. There's someone out there who just gets a thrill thinking of knitters cutting up their beautiful, painstaking Norwegian sweaters...

Posted by: Chris at April 1, 2006 10:46 PM

The scarf is lovely. There is a Yahoo group, ThreadyBear that has a teddy bear sized Nowegian sweater, including steeks, if you want to try the whole thing in miniature.

Posted by: Ivy at April 1, 2006 10:57 PM

Oh Kat it is beautiful. I am sooo jealous, someday when my kids are a little older & I have more time to conecentrate i'm going to knit branching out. I am I am I am !!!

Posted by: aisling at April 2, 2006 12:49 AM

Yes, must block lace. Right now my embryonic Mountain Peaks Shawl looks like a bit of green yarn barf - but all will be well when th eblocking occurs.

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Posted by: trek at April 2, 2006 10:11 AM

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Blocking is great. My stuff would look much worse without it, it really does smooth out the odd row gauge. Steeking is more than I could do, at this point.

Posted by: Carrie K at April 2, 2006 03:42 PM

I too very rarely block, but have my Branching Out to block as well. Nice color. Great minds/knitters think alike. And I have to agree with you on the steeking thing. Totally freaky. Why would you want to take scissors to all your hard work??

Posted by: Jocele at April 2, 2006 05:07 PM

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