So I’m 30… Well I’ve been 30 for a grand total of 10 days now. I am yet to write the thank you letters that I have promised to send this year and instead I have busied myself with the mountain of work that I need to produce and my knitting.
Why do I mention that I’m 30… Well to treat myself on my birthday I bought myself the most practical of items that I never knew I needed until I bought them… Blocking wires!
I was always of the opinion that I could achieve perfection in blocking by pinning things out on a carpeted floor (preferably one that people and dogs aren’t going to walk/sleep on) and by using hundreds of pins I’d achieve the sweeping elegant shape all patterns call for… Oh how wrong I’ve been. I don’t know how I could have been so wrong!
The Wires have arrived and I have a set of mats (children playing mats that I purchased from Ebay… other shops are available… for the sum total of £10). So Saturday morning and I’m cleaning the kitchen (as one does) scrubbing the sink ready to soak and block a wee baby cardigan that I finished last night, but I can’t just fill the sink with warm water and the gorgeous smell of Soak wash for one tiny weeny baby item… Enter the longest standing project of almost completion.
Now I honestly can’t tell you why this has been sitting in the back of my stash, completed but unblocked and unloved for a little over 6 years…. 6 YEARS!!! It’s a very well written and truly beautiful pattern. I really enjoyed knitting it… I LOVE knitting with Wollmeise yarn and well I don’t have an excuse.
So I found my shawl and decided that now would be a really good time to block it with my new wires. I wasn’t wrong… It was a good time! I mean honestly how much difference can a few wires make? The make ALL the difference! We now have a quietly blocking shawl with smooth curves not a pointy pin mark in sight! How have I gone so long without them?
For those of you that are interested I used Lazadas – Super flexible knitting blocking wire set. I wanted something that could be kept nice and company when not in use as I like to take up space with yarn rather then notions.
They’ve worked a dream! I bought them lateish one evening from Ysolda’s website and they arrived first thing the next morning…. I mean that is service for you!
Really I’m not a fan of any blocking mat pictures… I don’t like the bright colour mismatch against your projects BUT today is an exception as I have no other way of demonstrating to you the lovely curves! I can’t wait to take it off the mat when it’s all nice and dry.