Tuesday, 13 July 2010

And now, the end is near

I mentioned that I had bought some foam squares from the Early Learning Centre to use for blocking the stripey sweater for my son. This project has been hanging around forever. I will definitely be pleased to see the back of it! Anyway, late last night I blocked it and here it is.

Look at my lovely, brightly coloured foam squares. I am not sure if I have blocked it correctly but I did loads of searches online and followed instructions. I wet blocked it by soaking it in water but I wonder whether it would have been better to have pinned it then sprayed it with water. I am actually past caring if it fits him or not. I know that sounds terrible. Have you ever had a knit like that? Look at all of those ends to be sewn in. On second thoughts, I would be quite miffed if it didn't fit.

I had plans to put it outside to dry today but it rained on and off all day so it is in the lounge with me for the moment.

I have also joined in with my first knitalong. I spotted it on Crafty Cripple's blog and fell in love with the Centrique shawl and the 'In my Blood' colour of the yarn. I was easily led astray (it doesn't take a lot). It is also my first ever shawl pattern so I am really excited about it. I am just waiting for the needles to arrive in the post and there will be no stopping me. I hope!


  1. I always wet block on foam tiles. I think it evens out any slightly raggedy stitches. I can't wait to see the results of my leading you astray.

  2. Wow! That is a lot of ends! I hope it fits him perfectly :)

    I've had projects that I got tired of but usually when that happens, I just pretend they don't exist and start something new. I have no self-control!

  3. oh my word, look at those ends! I did stripes once on a scarf and it took awhile to weave them in. You will do great! This is really fine and handsome looking! I hope it fits him! Also, I like your blocking foam squares. They are similar to ones my husband uses in the garage. But yours are cuter!

  4. I always wet block by soaking the pieces. The project is going to need to get washed at some point after I've dragged it around with me so wet blocking gets it clean and blocked. Good luck weaving the ends in! I hate that part but your sweater looks like it's worth the bother. The colors are great. I hope it fits him!

  5. I think blocking wisdom differs according to fibre type, among other things. I almost always wet-block and it seems to work out most of the time. Lovely sweater, and thanks for your nice comment! I hope we get a bit more summer weather, too.

  6. That is A LOT of ends to sew in! But I'm sure it will be super-satisfying once it's done! :)