Yesterday Cheryl asked in my comments:
Wendy, do you use a wooly board for your sweaters or just wash and lay flat somewhere? I’m sure you’ve covered your blocking procedures before but I missed them.–Block before steeking (especially Dales?)–or just throw caution to the wind (like no swatching).
I’ve probably never covered my blocking procedures because I don’t really block.
Dale of Norway sweaters get a light once-over with a steam iron before I stitch the steeks, and again after I sew in the sleeves. Fair isles get the same treatment, though I steam the steek areas a bit more to encourage the fibers to felt before I cut them.
Arans are never even in the same room as my steam iron.
I have really, really even tension so I never need to block. I’m sorry.
Mouse-along Gallery Update
Oh my gosh, but there are some cute photos in the gallery! I love seeing everyone’s kitties enjoying their mice. The action shots are great, and my hat is off to those of you who can take a good photo of your kitty in motion. I sure can’t.
Yes, I am still knitting Roscalie, but I’m not spending a whole heckuva lot of time on it each day. But you haven’t had an update photo for a couple days, so here ya go!
I’m still a few inches from armhole steeks.
You can see how helpful Lucy is being!
Poetry in Stitches Kit
Yes, my Poetry in Stitches kit arrived on Tuesday. No, I did not open it and fondle the yarn until last night. Yes, I might be crazy.
But I opened it last night.
Vanessa asked how the yarn feels. It’s Hifa 2, and it’s more firm and crisp than soft. I’ll be really interested to see how it knits up. I may have to knit this next . . .
Meow, baby! Do I have a sweet tail or what??!!