Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Juno Blocked

This was actually blocked and ready to go for the wedding I had been making it for. And it was more than chilly enough to wear it. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of me wearing it, or how nice it looked once the pins were removed. Because this was my first experience blocking, I had no concept of the time commitment to placing all those pins. I was amazed by the difference from before blocking and after. Blocking makes it look like I knit so much more evenly than I actually do. Afterwards the shawl was straight and flat and gorgeous. That's a lot of pins. I knew that you could use wire (not that I own blocking wires), and I've heard some rumors of string being used to block but I was to lazy/impatient to deal with the idea of threading the wire every couple of stitches.

I'd just put a pin every couple inches..... but as you can see, that didn't really happen. I used all but 11 pins. I don't know how many were in there, but it was definitely hundreds.
As an aside, I know how "kankle" is really spelt "cankle". Somehow I typed it with a "k" and it just looked so right to me. Has that ever happened to you? Anywho, it turns out that it isn't actually a real word yet (Doh!) so spell check had no chance to correct me. And to anyone who read the comments of that post, the anonymous commenter is actually my co-worker . Not some random mean person. But thanks for the support :)


Anonymous said...

I heart you, Mary! Also, the shawl looks great!! Very impressive!

allisonmariecat said...

Oh, my gosh! It's gorgeous! I am such a lazy blocker. I know in my head that blocking makes a huge difference, but I HATE doing it. If I had blocking wires, I might be more inclined, since it might seem "fun" then. Probably not, though, so I'm really impressed with your dedication.

I am SO relieved the "cankle" person wasn't a random mean person. Tone is so hard to gauge on the internet. I actually sort of like "kankle." Maybe if we all start using it, it'll end up in the OED in a couple of years :)