The Magic of Blocking

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Finished a shrug earlier this month and despite the tight armholes, I was sure it would fit after blocking.
Before:
Short & Sweet by Tamdoll Before
You can see how much I stretched it width-wise by looking at the center mark on the board in the “before” picture.  I pulled the arms a lot, too, to make sure they were roomy.  After:
Short & Sweet by Tamdoll After
I was right!  It’s perfect.  One of my girls modeling:
Short & Sweet by Tamdoll Finished
More info about the crochet pattern at Ravelry.  The blocking board I used is great and stores nicely, but I wish I had thought of an alternative before purchasing it (I’ve already mistaken it for my cutting board and sliced right through it).  Lots of folks online having mentioned using interlocking kids play mats & I think they’re right – you can adjust the size to what you need, even the shape – like extra long for a scarf or shawl – and they’re more affordable to replace.

Update: I've removed the Amazon link for the kid's foam playmats - I recently had someone tell me that dye from the foam playmats stained their knit garment. So, here's a link to craft blocking mats (affiliate link) - http://amzn.to/1WQ5wli.

Do you ever find good uses for things that they weren’t originally intended for? 
I feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things, and just in time for school to start next week, also. Did I get to work on all the projects that I had planned for this summer?  Not a chance.  But I have a feeling that this fall and winter will be more productive than ever before.

4 comments:

  1. Wow, you're so clever you can make a whole shrug. Such items boggle my brain. Once at a craft market, a lady from a stall next to me taught me to crochet a scarf. The stitches are very interesting like loopy and ruffled. I managed to make a fair length but the minute I walk away, I forgot everything!

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  2. Dearest sweet tammy, this is soo beautiful and i love the color lots! I really wish i know how to crochet...it looks like fun and you make it look so easy (tho i know it's not). Have a lovely merry happy mid-week and love to you!

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  3. I love it! The pattern is so intricate and pretty. And the color is great!

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  4. Thanks guys! I learned to crochet mostly by looking at online tutorials and practicing a lot... it's worth the effort!

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