The Miracle of Blocking

There are fewer things less fun and more tedious in knitting than blocking. I would rank it even below weaving in ends. On a scale of “Boring” to “I Really Hate This” I feel like blocking ranks a “Dental Work”.

The results, though, make it all worthwhile. Blocking can take a blob of knitting that’s pretty, like this:

75% done!

 

And turn it into something breathtaking, like this:

I really am super proud of this!
I really am super proud of this!

This represents a couple of cramps and some careful maneuvering on my closet floor (that’s the only place large enough to pin out and close the cats out of) as well as the deliberate use of a yard stick, blocking wires, and most of a box of T-pins.

And it was worth every second of it. I can’t wait to give this to the recipient. It was a lot of work, but I really learned a lot and feel much more confident in my lace knitting abilities as well as the best way to block lace. Also, a big thank you to my mom for giving me my blocking mats and letting me borrow her blocking wires. Again. 🙂

As if that weren’t enough, I also finished the first of the two boob hats this weekend! I knitted the larger of the two first, so the smaller will just fly by! In fact, I’m about to cast it on right now! I borrowed a friend’s son to model the hat for me, and I love the way it turned out!

boob hat 1

This hat seriously cracked me up! As soon as I finish the second and have pics of the new owner wearing them I’ll be sure to post them here! (With the mom’s permission, of course!)

I still have multiple projects on the needles, but once I get them whittled down to 2 (instead of 5) I will begin the Wurm-a-long! So pick out your yarn now! That should be next week!

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  1. I showed your before and after pix to my co-worker. She LOVES the shawl and thinks the hats would be perfect for her son and his comrades who are serving in the Army.

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