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I just finished a feather and fan scarf -- do I need to do anything special to block it? Or should I merely wash it and push it into the shape I want it to be to dry?

Date: 2005-12-16 06:35 pm (UTC)
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is it lace? baiscally i get my knittingwet in warm water, andthen lay it out and pin theliving daylights out of it both into size and hsape, but also to open up all lacework or cables...

Date: 2005-12-16 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bess.livejournal.com
I don't know if it counts as lace or not... it's got holes in it in the feathery parts... how do you pin it? I need to get it blocked and drying before I leave town on Monday so it's ready to give as a Christmas gift.

Date: 2005-12-16 06:48 pm (UTC)
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i take my sewign pins (the ones withthe big yellow plastic heads) and i lay the thing out on my unfolded couch. i then look to see what size the final thing shoudl be, and i stretch or scrunch it to that size(measuring) and pin every inch or so right to the couch. that takes care of one ide, and i then do same with other sides. if hter eare holes duie to yarnovers, it is lace. i nthat case, put pins i nthe middle not jsut along the perimeter. every inch of sow, in the holes so that they are stretched open. that way when the final thing dries, the holes stay open and pretty.

if you look ehre (http://pics.livejournal.com/tpau/pic/00036xkc) you can see the beginigns of me pinnignthis thing down.

likewise over here: http://pics.livejournal.com/tpau/pic/00003eex you can see the pins along the edges

here: http://pics.livejournal.com/tpau/pic/000352bs/g2 you can see mroe perimeter pins.

Date: 2005-12-16 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bess.livejournal.com
I think I need to get more pins tomorrow. Thanks.

I like the shawls. :-) Someday I'm actually going to knit lace with lace weight yarn now that I've got the hang of the yarn-overs. My goal right now is to finish at least half of what I've already got on the needles before starting anything else. That means finishing 2 more projects.

Date: 2005-12-16 07:03 pm (UTC)
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heh.

oh also, it take s while for stuff to dry. so, if yo uneed it by monday, pin it tonight or early tomorrow

Date: 2005-12-16 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweetanniehi.livejournal.com
You can block it. Just spray it with some water so its moist. Then lay it out lengh wise on towells and pin it in place. You dont NEED to block feather and fan unless you want to strech out the lace pattern.

Date: 2005-12-16 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bess.livejournal.com
I want it a little stretched out, but not very -- it's in a slightly fuzzy worsted weight wool/mohair blend, so I don't think I'll get much definition in the holes regardless of how far I stretch it. I'm going to need more pins anyway. Thanks for the tip of just dampening it. I was going to dunk the thing.

Date: 2005-12-16 07:03 pm (UTC)
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with worsted i think you wnat to dunk the whole thing. dunk it, lay on towel, cover with towel, and roll up to gently squeeze the water out...

Date: 2005-12-16 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweetanniehi.livejournal.com
I have done worsted blocking with a spray bottle. I find that the weight done not matter.

Date: 2005-12-16 07:08 pm (UTC)
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really? iwill have to try it. i have foudnthat hte heavier the wieght the harder it is to get it completly damp with the sprayer. for lace-weight or sock weight i almost alwyas use a sprayer...

Date: 2005-12-17 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aviatrix18.livejournal.com
The best way to block something like this is with the spritz/towel/pin method. Lay the scarf out, and spritz it with cool/cold water, then stretch it out on the towel , pinning it into the shape you want. Let it air dry.

I find that the padded wall of my wall cube works really well for this.

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