Blocking wool

I’ve finished knitting a small shawl the other day.  I’ve been working on it for about a month.  It’s a small lightweight shawl, perfect for summer evenings.

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I tried hard to take a picture of the shawl without Sam, but she wasn’t listening!

The pattern is In My Mother’s Garden by Luise of Impeccable Knits.  The yarn used is a fingering weight super wash wool / nylon blend dyed specifically for this pattern by Carol, Faerieknitz at Etsy.

When you knit any garment it is important to block it, but especially important with lace stitches.  This is the shawl after knitting, but before blocking.

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After soaking in warm water and wool wash for about 20 minutes, squeezing gently and rolling in a towel to squeeze out more water, the shawl is pinned to shape on a flat surface (foam interlocking blocks, a towel on the floor or bed), and left to dry.

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Blocking opens up the stitches and shapes the garment.

I tend to be distratcted easily, and I have many unfinished projects in the craft room.  In the next post I will list them all, and then use this blog to keep myself on track to finish them.

XO

 

Author: northernpineknitter

I live in rural northwest Saskatchewan, Canada. I'm married with 5 children and 7 grandchildren. I love working with fibre knitting, spinning and weaving.

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