A Blocking Block

Oh dear, this is a sweater that I made for a friend’s baby, but by the time I got it done and blocked, the baby had already outgrown it.  darn. 
But all is not lost, I have an adorable little nephew who has just gotten to the right size to take full advantage of it.  So off it goes.  He is the one for whom I made the sweet elephant gift-bag.
This Shawl Collar Sweater is a Debbie Bliss pattern from Essential Baby.  I added the color detail at the cuffs and collar – I love it in this deep chocolate brown – yum.  You can find the pattern on Ravelry here.
So, why is blocking such a hurdle from me? really, why?  I’m not quite sure.  At this point, I have a stack of no less than six projects to be blocked – some of which have been sitting there for almost a year!  It may be that it is simply a big transition for me to go from that meditative state of knitting that I love to the process of finding the pins, gathering the towels, cleaning out the laundry tub,  figuring out where I can lay it out without it being trampled, etc.  I’m not good with transitions.  
Hopefully, I’ve found something that will make blocking a happier and easier adventure for me.  I just ordered this, thanks to this post by Jennifer Casa and apparently by Posie Gets Cozy too.   Alicia Paulson suggests simply spraying with water, which I’ve never tried before – I’ve always given my pieces a bath.   I’ll let you know how it goes.  I think I’m going to have a blocking challenge after the board arrives.  Maybe I can get six projects blocked and packaged up in six days – anyone want to join me?
Happy Weekend!
  1. I just finished blocking my Clapotis, or I would have joined you! My stumbling block is getting the photos taken!!

  2. i’m with you on blocking. one time i actually thought i was following the correct blocking procedures and now the sweater would fit a seuss character. i love the posie gets cozy tutorial. a blocking board seems like just the ticket. will be waiting to see your progress. best.

  3. stacie

    Hope the blocking board helps. I’ve only knitted a few things that have needed blocked and I’m still scarred! Good luck!

  4. Jessi

    I am just learning to knit and haven’t had to block anything yet – it scares me a little

  5. I love Bliss patterns, too (although I’m a forever beginner — these work)

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