is blocked and ready for a seaming party this weekend, bay-beeeeeeeeee!
I'll admit something - and if it sounds like bragging to some, well tough luck for them - about my knitting: I knit at a very even tension and because of that and the fact that I i) usually swatch before knitting with a new yarn and ii) measure while I knit I rarely have to block my knitted pieces "to measurements" or otherwise stretch, slap or spank them 'till they get to the correct size. When I pull my pieces off the needles they're already at the measurements required. But! This doesn't mean that my pieces don't look all rumpled and crumpled with edges wildly curling, because they usually do. And THAT is why I like to block my knitting. There's nothing nicer than seaming a pile of crisp knitted pieces. Ahhhh.
Crinkle's blocking story: Crinkle is knit with 100% mercerised cotton; machine-washable at 30-40 degrees celsius. So, I wet-blocked the machine way. And by this I mean that I put Crinkle's pieces through the gentle rinse and spin cycles of my washing machine, placed them all on my towel-covered do-it-yourself blocking board [click here to read about my cheapo blocking board
] without stretching, and pinned some of the edges to tame some of the curl. Voilą.
So! Seaming party at my house this weekend. And that means that I should have a finished Crinkle by early next week. (Still have to get the ribbon, though. Must remember to do that.)
And in sewing news...
Drafting of the Anthro top pattern has leisurely commenced. I'm also throwing out some rough sketches of my own designs in my designer sketchbook (pictured in Crinkle pieces photo at the top of this entry), and I'd like to sew some of them for myself before school starts because I went off and took the pledge to not buy myself anything for two over months. [Must...be...strong...stay...away...from...shops
!] Still, I like clothes and I need a new Fall wardrobe, and all that jazz.
Have a good weekend! If you're seaming something as well, serve yourself a cocktail and join me in my seaming party.
P.S. In knitting mojo news, I received my copy of Rowan 40 in the mail early this week and HELLO. It's fab-u-lous!