Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Wonders of Blocking

The gray sweater is happily blocking on towels.  I decided to wet block the whole thing and then use the iron to touch up different spots that needed it.
The collar lay flat just fine but
the pockets needed some extra steaming to not be puckered.
All in all, I'm pretty pleased with it.  Now that it is blocking, I can measure the front and order the zipper.  I have forgotten whether my sister wanted a two way zipper or not so I'll have to call her.
Next, we have to long neglected striped sweater.
The more I look at this, the better I like it and the more baffled I am that I ever put it down in the first place.
The back was done and the fronts were done above the armholes.  It took no time at all to finish those up and now I've started the sleeves (sorry about the blurry picture).
I've decided to knit them at the same time because I'm running out of the lavender and white.
This is all I have left of those two colors.  I've decided to just punt on the colors when I run out and get this thing done.
One of the draw backs of doing both sleeves at the same time with this many colors is the big tangly mess that the yarn turns into.
Fortunately, this is mercerized cotton and so mostly just slides right through this tangle.  I can get a surpisingly long way before I have to untangle it.
After the super fiddly finish work on the gray sweater, I'm looking forward to the finish work on this.  There won't be as many ends as you'd think because you carry the yarn up as you go and the edging is just a row of single crochet all around the edges with a couple of crocheted ties.  I'm a little concerned about covering the front edge where I carried the yarn up, but, even if is shows through a bit, it is still worth it not to have to sew in all those ends.
Do you all read Franklin Habit's blog?  If you don't, you should.  His latest post is laugh-out-loud funny. 


Tish said...

It would up the fiddly finishing quotient, but maybe an applied I-cord edging would cover the carried yarn if the crochet doesn't work. I love the color combo.

Lucy said...

The pattern actually calls for applied I-cord but I just can't face it. If the crochet looks terrible, I'll reconsider.