UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

November 30, 2009

You are a blockhead.

Filed under: knit, project lists — Tags: , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 7:32 pm

Today I finished my first real blocking project. I have washed and blocked things before, but not a lace project, not a stockinette-field lace project.

I laid it out on top of a flannel pillowcase on top of a towel on my carpeted floor. Then I stretched moderately and pinned each corner and each midpoint. Then I stretched again and pinned that, so the spread was almost 50% more than the first time. I proceeded to pin the midpoints between each pin until the smiles and frowns were tiny and could be ignored.

It should be dry in just a few hours because it is stretched so hard.

Pin blocking sucks. Just so you know. It takes about a bazillion pins just for a neckwarmer. As soon as the button is attached (after it is dry), the gift will be completed.

That means I have completed it before December 1.


October 26, 2008

Block, Hem, Next, Out

Filed under: knit — Tags: , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 4:23 pm

I think I have missed something as to the nature of “blocking”. But I obediently rinsed and spun out my sweater vest pieces and laid them flat on a huge towel which I set outside under the standard white sheet that keeps the neighbors’ demented child (would that I could post the video of an 8-year-old boy imitating a chimera of Harry Potter and Wonder Woman!) from messing with my knitting. I have heard people speak of “blocking boards” and “measuring” but I usually just lay things out approximately in the shape I think they should have without stretching the fabric too much, then I hope for the best. 

Fibery goodness today, aside from blocking sweater pieces, has been hemming my new pyjamas. I am the world’s worst hand sewing person. I hate doing it and it shows. I do not believe in blind hems. Clearly if I have to work that hard, you need to be able to see the stitches. They are not even attractive stitches. But if my DH would ever get off his behind and sew them on his sewing machine (current wait for mending is 27 months and counting, it is hardly worth asking if more things can be added to the pile) my stitches will be easily removed. See, that is how it works. I want something done, so I do it myself and wait until I can make someone else feel guilty for me not doing it right. So far the success rate on this behavior is zero. But in the meantime, I have hemmed pyjamas. Yes, they are badly hemmed, but it is not like I stapled the hem. 

Currently questing for the next project. I think I have a glove thing to knit next. And I really do plan to finish the finishing of the halfaquin first. And I would like to spin some before the next spinning group meeting. That way if I skive off, it will be because I do not want to go, not because I do not want to go without something to show for the past month.

I want a new knitting group. Are there other unchilded people near San Francisco who have enough money to go out for food somewhere? I heard that Stacey’s in Dublin (CA) lets people keep their tables all night on Mondays because it is generally slow that night, but that would be a $25/person kind of dinner (it is not a cheap place.) Personally I almost never go out anywhere because the food is better here and because after 13 years, I still have no friends in the area.  My DH does not like to go out after a long day at work or on weekends because it has always been a long week. I meet people, but there is no friend conversion where they become someone I can call to suggest something that might be fun to do. I could go out alone, but like I said, the food is better here.

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