Thursday, August 16, 2012

It’s Not Finished Until It’s Blocked

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I finished knitting this shawl/scarf over a year and a half ago. I have moved it from place to place waiting to block it.

Last night I picked it up and decided there was no time like the present. I thought I’d pin it to my ironing table and steam it.

It is composed of different yarns of varying fiber contents. It was on of those pricey skeins that I was so attracted to when I saw it at the Yarn Lady.

Through trial and error I came up with my own design to best show off the textures, colors and variety of yarns.

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After getting it pinned to the table I got the bright idea to spray it with distilled water. It only took me 15 minutes to find the spray bottle filled with water. It was less than 3 feet from where I was working!

I sprayed it until it was quite wet. I turned on the overhead fans in the studio.

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When I woke up this morning it looked great. Even though the yarns were different weight, by blocking the edges were now even and you could see the texture I had created.

You can see the stitches and the open work, and it drapes so much nicer now.

It also increased in size tremendously. Before blocking it was really skimpy in size.

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I am looking forward to wearing it. It will look great with one of the scarf pins I have.


Putting this puzzle together may be quicker finding my spray bottle of water!
Click to Mix and Solve

4 comments:

Eva said...

Lovely. And the colors will light a warming fire when you need it. Also love the quilt in the background!

Mimi said...

I have a few no time like the present projects to "finish". This piece is lovely. In general I am not drawn to yarn projects as I am always hot and yarn is a cool weather fiber.... and Texas is rarely cool. LOVE the colors and in this piece all the texture. So do you leave a piece like this in Wisconsin or take it back to Florida with you? And yes I finished the puzzle in less time than it took you to find the spray bottle. LOL

Robbie said...

Great colors, Kay! It looks really good in the first pic ontop of the quilt top!Good showcasing!

Gina said...

What a beautiful scarf! I particularly like your photo at the top with your scarf with the quilt. Interesting that you were able to make your scarf larger with the blocking.