Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Blocking Issues

I recently knit Bluebell from Knitty.
It was fun to knit and it turned out great.... except for the blocking.
Can you believe this was actually blocked!?!?!?

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I think the problem stems from the "mystery yarn" I used from my Mom's stash.... We weren't sure what it was but it was about the right weight and a pretty colour (she even had the matching beads on hand!) so I went for it. This was my first time knitting a "real" lace pattern and my first time using beads so I didn't want to go out and buy the supplies in case I hated it.
I'm thinking if I block it again and maybe starch it a bit it might help???
Any advice?

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Marlene said...

Wow, that really did zap right back to the before blocking look didn't it? It must have been some kind of acrylic or something. If it wasn't for the (meltable) beads we could steam the heck out of it to kill the acrylic. Maybe if we heavily starch it and then wrap it around some sort of wrist shaped form to dry?

Lorraine said...

I'd say that a little starch in the next wash might be a worthwhile experiment. It look so lovely, even with the crinkly look.

I made mine out of cotton/wool blends and they blocked beautifully.