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I Hate Blocking and You Can Too!

Written by Sarah on July 13th, 2011 Posted in baby, baby, gift, knits

I’ve been a very bad blogger. I was so proud of myself for posting regularly but last week was a real doozy. Anyway, I’m back and I’ve got tons of stuff to share with you!

Today I want to talk about blocking. I’m doing it! Aren’t you proud? I hate blocking and I never do it. Today, all of that is going to change.

The mystery present I’m working on is no longer a secret. It’s a baby blanket for Jon’s soon-to-be nephew! I’m so happy with how it’s turned out. It really needed to be blocked. It’s a bit of a mess around the edges and it looks half the size it should be. So I decided to do it. I never block anything unless I really have to and here’s why:

I’m impatient. (Side note: the idea that knitting requires patience cracks me up! Every time someone says “Oh I couldn’t knit, it takes so much patience” I just laugh. I have the patience of any average New Yorker trying to catch a cab in midtown around 5:25pm on a Tuesday while there’s a parade blocking all of 7th Avenue and it’s raining. I don’t know any knitters who are patient.)

I want to be done with projects when they’re done. I like moving on. I’m afraid that blocking will melt my stitches together or make the edges all pulled at the corners instead of just harmless curling (these things have happened to me) and I don’t want to leave my knit laying on the ironing board for three days waiting for it to dry.

And, frankly, the thought of damp wool makes me nauseous.

But I’m trying to really hone my skills and become a Knitter with a capitol K so I pledge to block everything from now on. I promise, guys.

I looked up a few videos on how to do it and put it off for about four days while I decided which method would work best. I went with steaming since there is finally an iron in my life. Of course, I didn’t have any straight pins so I used all of the safety pins in the apartment which I still think counts as half-assing the whole endeavor. Long story short, it sits on my coffee table drying this instant and I sit before you biting my nails.

I suppose I’ll be visited tonight by the Ghost of Elizabeth Zimmerman showing me my wrongful knitterly ways when it comes to blocking. God bless our knitting, everyone’s!

Please send my knitting some good joo joo. And any blocking tips would be appreciated, as well!

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Comments (2)

  • July 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm |

    Depending on the project, I either will or won’t block. Sometimes it’s as simple as dunking it in some water and sort of pushing into place. Sometimes it involves my ass in the air for hours while I push a million pins into a million crochet loops (Haruni, I’m looking at you, you bastard). With socks, sometimes I put them on my sock blockers, sometimes I put them on my feet and call it even. I say block what you think should be block and tell the rest to eff off.

    • July 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm |

      That’s why you’re my kind of lady!

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