Saturday, May 3, 2008

Blocking and Socking

I finally blocked my lace Panda Cotton scarf today! This was the "Branching Out" pattern from

I decided to put a white towel down on the floor and just pin the scarf to the floor to block it. It seemed to work well. First, I folded the scarf up (just in half, and again in half, several times until it was a small bundle) and then ran it under running water in the sink for a little bit, squeezing it gently until it was completely wet. Then I gently squeezed the excess water out and brought it over to where I had put the towel on the floor. I used some brass sewing pins that I had on hand and just pinned every inch or so. I started by pinning one of the short ends so that it was straight and then just worked my way down the sides, putting a couple pins on each side working back and forth. The last thing I did was pin the other short side.

This was my first real blocking of a project and it seemed to go pretty smoothly! I hope it looks good once it is dry.

The three pictures below are of the scarf pre-blocking. It was hard to focus on the lace so they're not really sharp pictures. Sorry!Here is a picture of the scarf during the blocking process:
As you can see, the left side has been pinned and you can see the lace pattern start to open up. The right side is wet and has not been pinned yet.

Here is the scarf completely pinned and blocking. Now I just need to wait for it to dry.
I will be sure to post pictures of the scarf once it is dry!

In other knitting news, I am moving along nicely on the Sable Panda Cotton socks. All I have to finish on the first sock is the toe!
This is the Twisted Rib pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks. It was a very easy pattern to remember and I did choose to work the pattern on top of the foot down to the toes (sometimes I decide to just knit the foot in plain stockinette). I have been wearing my blue Panda Cotton socks a lot and I knit the ribbing down the foot on those and I like the way it looks.

Here is a close-up picture of the sock:
That's all for now! My big decision now is if I should start the 2nd Sable sock as soon as I'm done with this one or start the periwinkle socks because I already know what pattern I want to try for those and I'm anxious to see how it knits up! I will probably be good and finish the pair of Sable socks just so I can wear them soon! They are knitting up pretty fast so hopefully I can start the periwinkle socks in a couple weeks anyway!

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